Why 'Queer Eye' star Tan France doesn't give poorly-dressed fans style advice

If you ever run into "Queer Eye" style expert Tan France on the street and he doesn't like what you're wearing, chances are he's not going to tell you. That is, unless you ask what he thinks.

During a recent sit-down with AOL Entertainment at Express 51st + Madison ahead of his appearance at the store's Success & Style series, France revealed that he only gives style advice to those who ask for guidance -- unsolicited advice would just be too cruel.

"I don't give unsolicited advice," France said. "I don't think it's fair! Unless you're close with someone, I don't want to destroy them. If I think something is heinous, but the person feels amazing in it, who am I to critique it? If they think that those bell-bottom, cropped, shredded jeans look good, then good for them!"

"I promise they'll look back in horror," he added with a laugh. "But if it makes you feel good, go for it!"

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France was the face of Express' Office Style Tips Q&A session last week, which is an elevated position in the public eye that he's still getting used to just three months after Netflix's "Queer Eye" reboot made him and the rest of the Fab Five overnight sensations.

"It’s still a strange feeling," he explained to us. "The weirdest thing is people knowing your name. I wasn't in this industry before, and I never wanted to be in show business before this. All of the other boys were part of this world, so for me it was the most shocking. I was a very private person. I never had an open social media account. So, for me to walk down the street and have people say, ‘Hey, Tan!’ I turn around thinking, ‘Do I know you?’ That moment is new for me. It’s difficult." 

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Tan France joined Express for a panel discussion at the "Success and Style" event in New York City on Wednesday, May 2.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Tan France attends the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (L-R) Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness attend the Netflix FYSee Kick Off Party at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Tan France attends The Center Dinner 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Tan France and Antoni Porowski attend The Center Dinner 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Tan France attends the 15th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Fashion Show and Fundraiser at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on April 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: (L-R) Karamo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Bobby Berk of Queer Eye attend the 10th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Tan France attends the Nordstrom Men's NYC Store Opening on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Fashion Designer Tan France attends the Mercedez-Benz USA's Official Awards Viewing Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Rob France (L) and Tan France attends the 26th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by Bulgari, celebrating EJAF and the 90th Academy Awards at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 4, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown visit SiriusXM to talk about the 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' reboot at SiriusXM Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Tan France attends Netflix's Queer Eye premiere screening and after party on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Netflix)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Tan France attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Kayan Douglas, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Thom Filicia, Antoni Porowski, Carson Kressley, executive producer David Collins, Tan France, Jai Rodriguez, and Karamo Brown attend Netflix's Queer Eye premiere screening and after party on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Netflix)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Tan France attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Even if it's still "difficult" for him, he doesn't show it. As hundreds of fans lined up outside of the Express store in Midtown Manhattan, France was jittery with excitement to greet fans who, he says, make him "feel the love."

As for the office style tips that he was doling out to eager ears, France explained that his two-year stint as a receptionist back in London made him more than qualified to share his expertise on what men should be wearing when they go to work every day.

"I worked as a receptionist in England for a couple of years whilst I was building up my business," he recalled. "I decided to take a massive pay cut from my full-time job and work as a receptionist, so I could make my own business work. I had to wear a suit. I don’t love to wear a suit in a corporate setting, but I wore one for two years and I did it my way: Cropped, with sneakers, with a shirt of my choice. I definitely have experience with a corporate job, and I still think that, even if you have to wear a suit, you can make it cool and make it your own without looking like you’ve lost your mind at work."

France said that, while guys should strive to include some sort of color or pattern in their everyday workwear, they should avoid too much of a pop -- it's easy for an work look to get too busy.

"I love that people want to throw on a print in their socks or a pocket square or a tie, but you’re going to look crazy if you’ve got all of those things going on, so choose two," he said. "

For men who don't want to have to make a choice every single morning while getting ready for work, France's advice was to simply go back to basics and throw out anything that hasn't been worn in a while. In other words, just make things easier for yourself.

"If you have items in your closet that you haven’t worn in a year, then you’re never going to wear them. Pull them out," he advised. "If you are struggling with style, find what we call a capsule collection, which men and women who are style-challenged need to be more aware of. [They're] items that are going to make sense for their day-to-day: A tee, a great pair of jeans that fits well, a great suit that’s dark and goes with anything."

"There are so many great options that are basic, and once you’ve gotten those down, you’ll always look great," he added. "Then it’s time to add more quirk and personality to it. If you don’t have your basics down, then you’re never going to make it."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Chef Antoni Porowski collaborates with Silk to celebrate Bike to Work Week, giving New Yorkers free bikes, coffee and smoothies made with Silk to champion small steps toward a healthier lifestyle on May 16, 2018 in New York City. #ProgressIsPerfection #LoveMySilk (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Silk)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 09: Antoni Porowski attends Karamo Brown's engagement party at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on May 9, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Antoni Porowski attends the Netflix FYSee Kick Off Party at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (L-R) Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness attend the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off at Netflix FYSEE at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Antoni Porowski and Joey Krietemeyer attend City Harvest's 35th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for City Harvest)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Antoni Porowski attends The Center Dinner 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Antoni Porowski attends the 15th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Fashion Show and Fundraiser at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on April 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: (L-R) Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, and Bobby Berk of Queer Eye attend the 10th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Antoni Porowski attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski attend the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Antoni Porowski attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown attend the after party for the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at the Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Antoni Porowski and guest attend the after party for the premiere of Netflix's 'Queer Eye' Season 1 at the Pacific Design Center on February 7, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: TV personalities (L-R) Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness visit Build Series to discuss TV series 'Queer Eye' at Build Studio on January 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk and Karamo Brown visit SiriusXM to talk about the 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' reboot at SiriusXM Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Antoni Porowski visits SiriusXM to talk about the 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' reboot at SiriusXM Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Tan France, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski and Bobby Berk from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy with Andy Cohen visit the Talk Andy show at SiriusXM Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Television personalities Jonathan van Ness and Antoni Porowski (R) attend the Marcel Ostertag front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Marcel Ostertag)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Antoni Porowski attends New York Knicks Vs Orlando Magic game at Madison Square Garden on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
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