The essentials

Little Black Dress
Every good cook knows that in order to have a successful kitchen, you need to have some basic ingredients on hand. You know, “The Essentials.” A dab of this, a pinch of that and you are ready for anything.
The same goes for your closet. I can’t count the times my “little black dress” has saved my tush in a crunch. Or how many compliments I have received on the little silver necklace that my grandmother INSISTED I buy.

“The Essentials” to any successful closet are always the same.

The first thing you will need, as cliché as it sounds, is a little black dress. You can take this one item and dress it up or down. Black dress + heels + gold necklace = opera. Black dress + flip-flops = the perfect beach cover up. You get my drift.

The second ingredient to a perfect closet is a nice pair of jeans, the darker the denim the better. Now why would you want a dark set of jeans, you may ask. Darker jeans appear classier and can disguise themselves as a pair of slacks if you find yourself at a more formal function.

And most importantly, if the worst happens and the spaghetti you are eating just happens to fall onto your lap, you are covered. The stain won’t show up as much as it would with lighter denim. NOTE TO SELF: Always carry a stain remover stick in your purse.

My grandmother will love this next one. A little necklace. It really is the icing on the cake. “Just put a little necklace on,” she would coo to me as I was getting ready. But this simple accessory can make any outfit looked more pulled together. I personally like a silver chain with a tiny charm on it. The charms run between $15 and $30 at James Avery, so you can switch out the charms to change up the look.

Your final essential is a coordinating cardigan and tank top. (This is my go to when I’m in a rush to get to work.) A cardigan covers your arms, so it can dress up your look and make your outfit business professional. But let’s face it, we live in the south. A tank top is just the ticket when you find yourself outside at 2:30.

Now that we have a few of “The Essentials,” I can’t wait to go to the stores and start looking for new styles!

About Allison Victoria

Allison attended Texas A&M University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA) and serves as the Hospitality Chair for the Houston Branch. Allison is also the former Texas Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for the CW. She spends her free time sewing, running 5ks and hunting for ghosts.

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