| 12°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Most wanted: The hottest high street looks post-lockdown

Shoppers flocked back to their favourite stores when they opened their doors earlier this month. And what they've been buying is a world away from the catwalks, finds Meadhbh McGrath

Close

Ulla Johnson blouse, €370 (reduced) at Havana

Ulla Johnson blouse, €370 (reduced) at Havana

Ulla Johnson blouse, €370 (reduced) at Havana

Judging by the photos, it looked as though all of Ireland had turned out for the grand reopening of Penneys stores around the country this month. Footage showed long lines on the way in and arms loaded with bags on the way out, as restless quarantiners were finally let loose on the high street.

After three months at home in leggings and sweatshirts, what were they looking for? A change of scenery? The fleeting comfort of retail therapy? The promise of something new to add to our tired wardrobes? You can get just about anything online, and it's not as if there are special occasions coming up that call for new outfits.

Add to that the queues, masks and frequently closed fitting rooms, it doesn't conjure the most enticing atmosphere for a shopping spree. And yet, Irish shoppers arrived in droves, and have continued to flock to stores in the fortnight since.