Sunshine is such a fashion aphrodisiac. Its arrival lifts our mood and drives our desire to start plotting long summer days, holidays and all the clothes that are associated with R&R in the sun.
However, while there's a little while to go before most of us will be heading to the beach at home, we can get in the mood with some S/S15 transitional pieces - and my all-time favourite in this category is the off-the-shoulder top.
The iconic, gypsy top with elasticated neckline is one of the big stars of Penneys new 'Desert Dreamer' story, which mixes sheers with textures, all wrapped up into ultra romantic, very wearable looks.
The off-the-shoulder tops, seen here in three variations, can be worn in a myriad of ways, from the playsuit (pictured far right) to a more styled-up and accessorised 'Carmen Miranda' look with lots of textures and hot colours.
In contrast, and for more immediate use in a pared-down city look, team up the white, drawstring top, featuring sleeve lace inserts worn with matching white lace shorts (middle right).
Your best 'sophisticate' style friend of S/S15 is the tan sandal and bag, and Penneys have worked them well. Favourites include the fringed bag (left), and shoes are gladiator flat or chunky with thick double straps. Very Dries Van Noten.
The pom pom is undoubtedly the trim of the summer, adding a luxury feel to fast fashion buys.
Watch out for me in the queue to bag those €22 laced black sandals (pictured right) which successful tick the 'homage' box.
All of the pieces from this Penneys range - shot in Key West in Florida - are available in stores from April.
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Stylist: Paula Hughes
Photographer: Mel Bles