A sexy pair of heels is one of the fashion basics. / Jamie Grill/Getty Images
It takes fewer items than you think to give your look a seasonal shake-up. Fashion and beauty specialists agree that once you reduce the closet and makeup clutter to essential items, style is easy to find.
A pair of well-fitted jeans, a nice business dress and a sexy pair of heels are just some of the fashion basics recommended by Michelle Madhok and Eileen Conlan, authors of Wear This Now and editors of online fashion site SheFinds.com. They suggest splurging on classic items you can layer and wear often. To follow current trends without breaking the bank, purchase statement necklaces and accessories.
Andrea Pomerantz Lustig, contributing beauty editor to Glamour and author of How to Look Expensive, says the same strategy applies to makeup.
Lustig says a small set of products with rich colors and basic makeup techniques are all that women need for year-round beauty.
The beauty guru says drugstore products are the key to looking polished on a budget, and they are often used by top makeup artists.
Lustig’s favorite free beauty product? Starbucks napkins — which she recommends as the perfect tool to blot oil off a greasy face.