For most women, finding your personal style is not always easy. However, for the world's revered fashionistas and style stars, there has always been an innate understanding of the key wardrobe essentials which keep them on the style radar, no matter the decade or occasion. In his new book, THE STYLE CHECKLIST: The Ultimate Wardrobe Essentials for You, TV host and style expert Lloyd Boston dispels the notion of "the more clothing you have, the better off you are." He unveils a defined checklist of wardrobe and accessory "must-haves" that will make each and every woman's closet a personal style treasure chest for years to come.
We sat down with Lloyd and asked him to share some of his secrets to personal style and essentials for a stylish wardrobe.
SB: What are 5 essential pieces that every woman should own?
1. The White Shirt - A quality version pairs with everything from shorts and flats, to a satin ball gown skirt.
2. The Knee Boot - Timeless, modern, chic, this boot works at any age, whether you choose a flat riding rendition, kitten heel, or stiletto. Look for versions with little or no trendy details.
3. The Evening Clutch - Go vintage for an inexpensive take on a classic, that no one else will have.
4. The Black Pant Suit - Wear together, break it apart, this duo (when perfectly tailored) will take you from desk to dinner in a flash, just by rotating tops and bold accessories.
5. The Easy Weekend Jean - Give your body a break and slip into a comfy jean for weekends. No woman should try to look sexy every day. Borrow his even!
SB: What trends are worth investing in this fall? Any trends women should steer away from?
I would vote for the 'Tweed and Plaid' trend, the animal prints of the 'Rocker Chic' trend, and classics of the 'Country Weekend' look - the elements are all pretty timeless and will serve you for decades. The remix on global Boho might be a little chancy and trendy. Grab it on sale, come January.
SB: Are there any items that you wish women would never wear?
I rarely like to point out the negative, but I must say that I am not a fan of women in fedora hats or menswear-inspired stingy brims. You really need to know how to work them (angled and perfectly broken in), and you must splurge a little on a great quality hat. Most women miss these steps.
SB: What is your style philosophy?
Less is Modern. When you know the classic, global style vocabulary that I share in my new book, THE STYLE CHECKLIST, you will shop less, and use what you have to play into any trend, any season, any year.
SB: What advice can you offer women as they begin shopping for their fall wardrobe?
Shop their own closets first, and really organize what you have. Take it all out first, and only put back in your absolute greatest hits. When you do, make your own checklist of things you may be missing. And challenge yourself to re-create your favorite looks from magazines, websites, and catalogs--using what you already own. You would be surprised as to how much you have. Your shopping thereafter will be more focused and fun!
SB: What is one perfect, no-fail timeless look that every woman should own?
A solid jersey wrap dress in any color but black (eggplant, chocolate, navy). And if you love pants, I vote for an amazing pair of camel trousers in a year-round weight wool, paired with a beautiful, crisp white shirt and a flesh-toned pump. Add a slim or wide black belt, a pale lip and you can walk into any room with style.
LLOYD BOSTON is a top TV Style Expert, Television Host, and the author of three popular style books--including Before You Put That On. He's been a regular on-air style contributor for NBC Today with over 150 segments to his credit, and made several appearances on Oprah, The View, and CNN. An original host on the STYLE Network, Lloyd has also been the host of his own show, Closet Cases, and several specials for the Fine Living Network. He is currently the voice of the red carpet for NBC's EXTRA and the exclusive Style Guy for Jones New York helping women to craft their style.
THE STYLE CHECKLIST is a head-to-toe style resource guide that takes women from day to evening, weekday to weekend, and business casual to red carpet chic.
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