Winter is finally on the way out, so it’s time to revamp your wardrobe for the coming season. Varsity inspired styles are one of the hottest trends for SS13, combining clean-cut peppiness with kitschy chic. From Grease to Glee, this fabulously androgynous style has enduring popular appeal. A few key pieces make creating this look as easy as learning your ABCs!

Simply sporty

The easiest way to wear this season’s varsity style is with a simple T-shirt. White, grey and navy are classic choices, but hot pink and lemon yellow make a bolder statement. Choose tops emblazoned with stripes, emblems or team graphics for a preppy feel. Team them with varsity jackets for the sports trend this summer.

The classic Letterman bomber jacket is an iconic piece that has proved popular since the fifties, featuring contrasting sleeves and distinctive collegiate lettering. This season sees it brought bang up to date with bright candy colors and metallic finishes. Wear with skinny jeans and baseball boots for a sporty look, or choose ballet pumps for a chic, pretty twist. It’s the perfect versatile piece, great with trousers as casual daytime wear or paired with a skirt or dress for an edgier look.

Classroom cuties

For a feminine take on varsity style, choose cute plaid or tweed mini-dresses with contrasting collars. Tartan is a great option: go for smart trousers or a gorgeous short kilt teamed with a plain shirt or vest. Cheerleader skirts are perfect for the summer. Cool and comfortable, wear them for playing sport or just chilling out. For a dressier look, full fifties-style skirts look great teamed with a pretty cardigan or smart tailored blazer.

Great for guys

The varsity inspired style is a great look for men too, from geek chic to Ivy League grooming. Button-down shirts, tank tops and casual cardigans are both comfy and stylish. Shorts and polo shirts are perfect for when the weather gets warmer, either in bright colours or classic white. Tidier than jeans but less uncomfortable than a suit, chinos are an ideal solution to the tricky smart-casual dress code. Wear them with a sporty T-shirt and baseball jacket for a relaxed look, or add a shirt and blazer for more formal occasions.

All about the accessories

The all-important finishing touches can really make or break a look. A satchel is a great alternative to a handbag or rucksack and works equally well for men and women. Smart and stylish, choose from classic brown or a whole rainbow of colors to match any outfit. Not only do they look fabulous, but they have plenty of pockets for all your belongings. Baseball caps are always on trend and perfect for keeping you cool in the summer. For the ultimate varsity style, you could add plastic-rimmed glasses, a hat or even a bow tie.

Comfortable, accessible and fun, varsity inspired fashion really does have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for sporty or smart, there’s a style to suit you.

Katya Denham writes for a variety of fashion and lifestyle blogs. Busy planning her SS13 wardrobe, she has just invested in a couple of varsity jackets for the sports trend this summer.

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