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OK, so there’s been a lot of rain lately; not to mention hail – even a spot of sleet too. In short, summer feels like a very long way away.

But we’re quietly confident that a scorching May is only just around the corner – which means that it’s time to think about seasonal attire. Gone will be heavy coats, boots, and leggings; replaced by flowing skirts, sandals, and light jackets.

Versace's S/S 15 collection

 

But a change in the weather means we also need to rethink our wardrobes. And while the catwalk might provide inspiration – Versace, for example, has a beach-club chic, crystal-embellished silk mini dress for (gulp) €4,250 – the likes of Penneys is perfect for designer-inspired wear at incredibly affordable prices. In fact, the Irish retailer has heaps of inexpensive clothing and accessories that would work brilliantly for holidays abroad, funky festivals, or – when the sun is shining – stylish events on home-soil.

Green top €13; green skirt €12; sunglasses €2.50
Pattern dress, €16; sunglasses, €3.50; bag €8; bracelet, €5; rings €3

 

Most of the summer stock has now landed, and we’re happy to report that a good chunk of it is seriously head-turning.

Clockwise: Palm Springs swimsuit, €12; ruffle playsuit, €12; 
tropical flatfrom, €22; pink pom pom shorts, €7

 

With lots of rich patterns and textures, we particularly love the lace and crinkled crepe materials on offer. Off-the-shoulder tops, dropped-waist dresses, and high-waist shorts are all there too, as is colourful embroideries and beading, fringing, tassels and pom-poms. Gladiator sandals are back and big news this season – Penneys has a good selection of those too.

Black top, €17; skirt, €17; shoes, €12; earrings, €2;
white top, €15; shorts, €13; shoes, €18; earrings, €2

 

If you’re hitting the beach, bold colours dominate the brand’s bikinis, while funky swimwear items boast an ombre effect. T-shirts come complete with cheeky slogans and classic characters.

Don’t forget accessories either; cute and colourful friendship bracelets and mix-and-match rings would complete any summery outfit nicely. 

Clockwise: sandals, €8; floral bag, €12; floral shoes; €12, blue necklace, €8

 

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It seems Harry Styles has had a slap on the wrist by his bosses for taking a risky leap off a bridge in Italy!

Harry and the rest of the 1D boys are in Italy as part of the European leg of their Where We Are tour, and the naughty singer decided to cool off by jumping off a bridge semi-naked.

The boy’s management are said to have been furious with Harry when they saw the snaps, as they said he could have seriously hurt himself when he hit the water.

While the other boys jumped in too, only Harry showed off by jumping in from a bigger height.

Oh Harry…what would your mother say!

HARRY JUMP 4

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