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.
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.
HUGO BOSS - Seasonal Patterned Polo Shirt In Cotton Jacquard - Light Blue
Knitted polo shirt with open collar
Long sleeve Tiger polo shirt
BOSS - Slim Fit Polo Shirt With Bolt Shaped Button - Dark Blue
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.
Isherwood Den Indigo blue Classic fit shirt
Medium Wash Slim Denim Shirt in Size XS
classic denim shirt in washed black
Lacoste Mens Snap Button Denim Shirt : Blue
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.
HUGO BOSS - Safari Print T Shirt In Slub Cotton Jersey - Silver
Lacoste Mens Crewneck Print-blocked Cotton T-shirt : White / Navy Blue
Lacoste Mens Crew Neck 3d Lettering Cotton Jersey T-shirt : White
oversized t-shirt in stripe with logo-Multi
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.
Ami de Coeur denim jacket
Harris Wharf London
Technical bomber jacket
Sami cotton-linen blouson jacket
Quilted worker jacket
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.
Ami de Coeur beanie - PINK
Cat In The Hat beanie - Yellow
Wool Duckbill Flat Cap - Green (59cm)
ProClimate Mens Waterproof and Windproof Thinsulate Trapper Hat - Olive