Last Updated on 25th June 2013

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A new season or climatic tendency doesn’t have to mean reducing your bank balance to a massive red dot on that dreaded paper statement.

In fact, it’s about incorporating those key pieces into your wardrobe that’ll politely nod to the season you find yourself in, without selling your fashion soul and un-friending the bank manager, so to speak.

So, to make the summer months ahead a little easier, sartorially speaking, we’ve rounded up 10 essential pieces for your summer wardrobe. And no, we’re not talking beach babe gear, or how to work the Bey bikini (yes, you, H&M) on a scenic beach in the sweltering Bahamian heat, but rather a round up of trusty pieces that’ll ensure your summer wardrobe is comprehensively packed (not overflowing), and allows you to put your best style step forward.

So, without further ado and detouring into beach cocktail and tanning territory, here’s our line-up of the summer staples you need to be snapping up right away!

The Denim Dress

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Forget flippy dresses and reach for a denim option, that’ll become your staple summer go-to. Dress, £45, Topshop.

The Summer Flat

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Pretty flats in a candy floss hue are perfect for Season Sun. We love the Chloe-esque feeling these high street beauties have! Pointy ballerinas, £22.99, Zara.

The Dinky Bag

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Forgetting lugging big totes! All you need is space for essentials and a classic colour – like this cross-body! Rebecca Minkoff Mini Blake bag, £131.41, Shopbop.

The Cover Up

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Avoid the evening chill in this summer-perfect, pastel biker. Pretty atop a dress or jeans. Jacket, £75, Oasis.

The Summer Hat

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Summer isn’t complete without the obligatory hat. This one in black with seriously stylish monochrome detail will see you through nicely. Hat, £16, Asos.

The Leather Short

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Pastel leather = summer perfection. You’ll be wearing these into next season, we promise. J Brand shorts, £359, My Theresa.

The Printed Skirt

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A floral skirt is perfect for pepping up a serious office look, and even better with a tee and heels. Skirt, £110, Reiss.

The Chic Sandal

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These sandals say super-sleek city slicker. Yes they do.  Chloé sandals, £325, Net-a-Porter.

The Perfect Shirt

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This shirt is perfect for work and play. We’re styling ours with tailored trousers and pumps for day, and shorts and sandals by night. Stella McCartney shirt, £895, Browns.

The Clear Sunnies

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The clear frame phenomenon is a fash-pack favourite, and these flattering round-frame acetate sunnies won’t let you down. Balenciaga sunglasses, £94.38, The Outnet.

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