5 style lessons men can learn from “Queer Eye”

In its fifth season, Netflix’s “Queer Eye”, a reboot of the 2003 show, has become a safe harbor of positivity and acceptance in what can be an otherwise dispiriting TV landscape. In a world of cynicism and political divide, the Queer Eye’s “Fab Five” reminds us that grooming, style, and self-care can be cathartic and necessary to one’s wellbeing.

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Queer Eye's "Fab Five": Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, and Jonathan Van Ness.

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The man behind the sartorial lessons of the series is Tan France, a fashion designer and stylist who’s become one of the first openly gay South Asian men on a widely-watched TV series. Beyond a snappy dresser, Tan bolsters the show’s participants and encourages confidence through their wardrobes. Inspired by the “Fab Five” and Mr. Tan France himself, here are five style tips we’ve learned from “Queer Eye”.

1. A polo shirt is extremely versatile

A series regular, Tan France and his “Queer Eye” counterparts love a good polo shirt. Worn in a traditional short-sleeved manner or like France’s long sleeves, a polo shirt can be more than a golf course find and easily styled up or down.

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2. You wear your clothes, your clothes don't wear you

Well-tailored clothes are a staple in Tan France’s styling lexicon. Instead of grabbing an ill-fitting shirt off the sale rack, it’s important to prioritize fit and tailoring.

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3. Invest in a good graphic t-shirt

While they may bring to mind band tees and college apparel, Tan France and the “Fab Five” show us that a well-made graphic t-shirt is a welcome addition to any grown-up wardrobe.

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4. Invest in a statement coat

Outerwear shouldn’t fall to the wayside during wardrobe curation. A solid statement coat will last you through the years and become a go-to staple.

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5. Play with accessories

If you’re unwilling to go bold with your main closet fixtures, play with different colors and prints in your accessories rotation.

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