5 must-have fashion pieces for 2013

Summer is almost here and that means it's time to update your wardrobe with the must-have fashion pieces of 2013. So ditch your spring and winter essentials, and start shopping around for your perfect version of these five statement staples.  

The varsity jacket 

Known as the baseball jacket to those who wore it the first time round, the varsity jacket is making a comeback. Versatile enough to work for both male and female fashion fans, the varsity jacket has been spotted on a whole host of stylish celebrities from Cara Delevingne to the baby Beckhams.  

The monochrome outfit 

Black and white has arrived with a vengeance this summer, shaking off the unfortunate waitress-on-duty connotations to set up a look that is bold, striking and completely modern. Whether you opt for striped jeans or a printed tea-dress, monochrome is one of the most easily adaptable trends to work into your wardrobe.  

The satchel 

A classic schoolboy staple, the  satchel is back and has a new following. No longer the provenance of village grammar schools, satchels in all shapes and sizes were paraded down the runway at fashion weeks around the world. Get two trends in one by choosing a monochromatic palette, or reference the neon revival with a colour pop of lime green fabric in homage to American designers Rag and Bone's recent runway creations. 

The shorts suit 

The shorts suit is one of the more daring must-haves this season. Tailored to work for both the office and a night out, this latest fashion trend should be embraced with bright colours, garish patterns or floral designs to meet this year's fashion requirements. Follow  Eva Herzigova's lead and take inspiration from her fabulous Cannes look by teaming yours with a high necked blouse and dangly earrings for grown-up glamour. 

The boyfriend jeans 

After a couple of years on the sidelines of fashion, boyfriend jeans are back and more popular than ever. Recognised for their tapered look, rolled-up hem and above ankle finish, it may take some trying to find your perfect fit, but once you've got them these can happily stick around for the next inevitable revival.  

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