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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439160724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439160725
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Listen to Lloyd. His style is joyful, comfortable, and timeless. And so is he.”
—Ann Curry, the Today show

About the Author

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 and HGTV. He is currently the voice of the red carpet for NBCs EXTRA and the exclusive Style Guy for Jones New York helping women to craft their style. Lloyd splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

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Lloyd Boston has built his reputation as America's favorite "Style Guy" and Lifestyle TV Host. He is currently the host of his own style show, Closet Cases, on Fine Living Network (debuting top of 2009). Millions of TV viewers from Oprah and NBC Today, to The View and CNN American Morning regularly follow Lloyd's simple style philosophy that Less is Modern.

For nearly a decade, Lloyd Boston has been a regular contributor and style editor to NBC's Today Show with close to 150 celebrated appearances. Lloyd is also a popular guest contributor to ABC's The View; and his focused broadcast journalist work with NY's Emmy nominated Full Frontal Fashion has made him a leading voice of New York Fashion Week for nearly 10 seasons strong.

A man of style and substance, Lloyd is also the author of three coveted style books: his first and LA Times best-seller Men of Color (Artisan); followed by Make Over Your Man (Doubleday); and his latest book, which he also illustrated, Before You Put That On (Simon and Schuster); his two latest books have been featured along with Lloyd on Oprah.

He is an original alum host of E! Entertainment's STYLE Network where he began as a regular style sidekick on their highest-rated The Look for Less; in addition to hosting two of his own series, Style Essentials and Runway.

Lloyd's accelerated rise through fashion television has made him one of the most trusted and recognizable style experts with over 30 appearances on network and cable television shows combined from Tyra, Extra, and The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet; to Nick at Night, HSN, and CNN Oscar Red Carpet Coverage.

In 2007, Lloyd Boston teamed up with the global mega-brand Jones New York as their first-ever male spokesperson and exclusive "style guy". In this role, Lloyd travels the country touching the lives of countless women through personal appearances, style clinics and his online fashion forum.

Named one of Crain Magazine's esteemed "Forty Under Forty", Lloyd Boston is the former VP of Art Direction for Tommy Hilfiger where he worked for a decade before transitioning into a regular national event spokesperson for both Hilfiger and Lenscrafters. In like fashion, Lloyd has been a style lecturer to numerous brands including Giorgio Armani, American Express, American Airlines, Johnson & Johnson and Yahoo!

Lloyd Boston's writings and style philosophy have been featured in numerous publications including: Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, InStyle, O Magazine, People, Real Simple and The Wall Street Journal.

For more on Lloyd, visit LLOYDBOSTON.COM.

Customer Reviews

The book is clear, concise and imaginative.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to dress nicely and build a mix and match wardrobe.
Tina Hayes
This book lists everything you need to build a well-rounded wardrobe in a classic style.

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Elena on September 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you enjoyed Nina Garcia's "The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own" and "Lucky Shopping Guide", you will definitely enjoy this one. While Nina Garcia's book is more of a list of her personal favorites, "Style Checklist" is a complete guide to all the basics every woman must own. In author's words, this book should be a prerequisite to his other books where he teaches women how to create outfits without realizing that there are a lot of women out there who does not own the aforementioned basics.

I loved the beautiful photos and good descriptions of every basic item, starting from black pumps and ending with a trench coat, paired up with some tips on what to wear it with. The book is divided on a number of sections: Work, Weekend, Saturday Night, Travel, Entertaining etc. and each section contains a list of basics pertaining to that section.

For example Work section contains black pumps, black suit, white shirt, navy blazer, twinset, black skirt, black turtleneck. Weekend section: easy jean, khakis, thong sandals, polo shirt, white jean, linen shirt etc. Travel section: Trench coat, nude heel, trouser jean, festive flats etc.

Each item description contains information on how to select that aprticular item. For example the part about nude heel explains that the shoe color needs to be as close to your skin color as possible and that nude shoes are best looked at in a natural light since they might not look right under artificial light. And also that each skin tone calls for its own "nude", for example darker skin would call for caramel color or even light brown. the best nude shoe is the one that cannot be seen on your foot from far away, that's how close to your skin color it should be.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on December 1, 2010
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Lloyd sure had a lot to live up to after his last two best-selling books, "Make Over Your Man" and "Before You Put That On." But I'm certainly not surprised that he once again produced a well thought out an beautifully photographed book which all women can use to help in building the ultimate wardrobe. For each item Lloyd has carefully picked for the list, he explains how to shop for it and how to wear it in a simple yet thorough way that makes it all "seam" so easy and fun! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and with the holiday season coming up I would absolutely suggest giving this book to any woman in your life, whether she has great style already or may need a little assistance. I recently saw Lloyd on The Nate Berkus Show giving tips on how to infuse the essential items into your wardrobe and he suggested wearing chic flats in a shiney or bright color, and not necessarily matching them exactly to your outfit or bag. I tried this tip and have never gotten so many compliments on my shoes before (even when wearing my most expensive heels!) I can't wait to see what Lloyd has up his stylish sleeve next!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Chickenleg on June 28, 2011
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I should begin by clarifying that while I would give the book 5 stars, the kindle edition rates considerably lower. The information in the book is good but several pages present info in a 3 column format, and that information seems to be truncated in the kindle edition-literally I can view the first letter or two of an entire column. Also LB uses photo icons to relate other information and the quality of those images is lost in the black & white format on the kindle. I do enjoy the writing style. And if you are a fan of LB's I would recommend the book, but go for the hardcopy, not the kindle version. Why pay for less information?
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana on December 15, 2010
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The book consists of 10 chapters devoted accordingly to work, weekend, saturday night, travel, punctuations for wardrobe, activities/sport, entertaining, power moves, evening and finishing touches to wardrobe. Each chapter lists 10 essential items with great photos of them, textual description of different item variations for age groups (twenties, thirties, etc.) and some stylish ideas of complementing outfits. The outfit ideas are good, even inspiring.

Most books on style ("Lucky shopping manual", "How to have a style" by Mizrahi, "A guide to elegance" by Antoine-Dariaux) give great ideas on distinctive and characterizing outfits but without consideration of the very conservative professional environment. Professional books ("New women's dress for success" by Molloy, "Chic simple dress smart for women" by Johnson Gross, etc.) offer great ideas that work in business but they are mostly nulling personalization in outfits. This book has some good and practicable ideas on making work outfits more personal recognizable.

I give this book only four stars because it blends the styles within one item: black turtleneck is placed in work section, while ideas on outfits with it give more clue to saturday night, traveling and other style situation (with white jeans+red kitten heels, or with red capri pants+black and white checked flats, etc.). This style mix makes it difficult to pick up definite style outfits and their components from all 10 chapters. Actually I used a paper and a pen and made "my homework" as in school.

But I think this book is a must-have for a women.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rose on December 18, 2010
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I'm a longtime follower and fan of Lloyd Boston. The Style Checklist is so on point...just like Lloyd. The book is clear, concise and imaginative. I peek through my copy often for tips and outfit combinations. I ended up purchasing ten for the Holiday Season. It's my gift of choice. I guess you could say that I'm turning into a "mini" style expert. I marked select pages and added my own personal note to girlfriends and family members to help get them off to a stylish new start. Thanks Lloyd!
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