Essential #1: Black Trousers—The slim silhouette on these pants is universally flattering and will go with everything and anything this spring.
Slim Trolley Trousers, $128, available at Madewell, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Avenue of The Stars); 310-772-0428.
Essential #2: Platforms—Black leather and wood platforms are a no-brainer, and the extra height is always a plus.
Jeffrey Campbell Roxy Platform, $137, available at Revolve Clothing, 8452 Melrose Avenue (at North Croft Avenue); 323-944-0311.
Essential #3: Button Down Shirt—We love a shirt buttoned up to the top, but all of a sudden a few buttons undone seems fresh...in a good way!
Short Sleeve Button Up, $52, available at American Apparel, Robertson Boulevard (at Burton Way); 310-385-9183.
Essential #4: Smokey Eyeshadow—A smoldering eye elevates even the most casual look to something truly special.
Armani Beauty Maestro Eye Shadow, $29, available at Barney's New York, 9600 Wilshire Boulevard (between South Rodeo and South El Camino Drive); 310-275-4211.
Essential #5: Layered Necklaces—Ramp up the drama of this simple outfit with some gorgeous tangled necklaces. They are easily the perfect finishing touch.
Two Layered Beaded Necklace, $8, available at Forever 21, 189 The Grove Drive (at Third Street); 323-934-0018.