Pick any SS14 trend and you can bet your bottom dollar that it's headed your way at a Penneys near you. From tropical prints to the soothing colour palette of the Cote d'Azur, Ireland's favourite affordable retailer is serving it up with a cherry on top.
Matching separates have been a huge trend across all the SS14 collections and the Penneys offerings were a pleasant surprise - the colours are vibrant and appealing while the fabrics genuinely felt spendier than the pricetags.
That orange two piece (top) is just €11 for the tee and €13 for the shorts, while the pink and orange animal print suit comes in at €21 for the jacket, and €13 for the skirt. Sure where else would you find it?!
Pattern and texture play a big part in adding interest to summer staples with this sweet little t-shirt and shorts combo sporting a pretty daisy print and playful sheered out mesh panels (a cute polka dot version will be available too).
I was pleased to see a couple of more modest offerings in the mix (they suit my advanced years!) like this tribal midi length number, with its grunge inspired spaghetti straps, €17, and the cute, drop-waisted 20s style dress - with sleeves. I do love a nice sleeve!
|Sandals €13; sunglasses €2; sunglasses case €2|
|Men's shirt, top right, €9|
I'll also be keeping my eyes peeled for the really lovely cover-ups and kimonos that will be landing over the next couple of months. If I don't snare one I guarantee, THERE WILL BE TEARS.
Again, these Coachella inspired pieces have been a staple of many SS14 collections but with Penneys prices hovering at around the €15 mark it's doubtful there'll be better value to be found. I really fell for this coral splash offering but they come in a wide variety of colours, patterns and prints.
Here comes the summer!