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Style Watch: How can I brighten up my look?

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Pineapple-print blazer,
€53, River Island

Pineapple-print blazer, €53, River Island

Pink snakeskin shoes,
€123, Dune.

Pink snakeskin shoes, €123, Dune.

Pale pink jeans, €46.70,
www.topshop.com

Pale pink jeans, €46.70, www.topshop.com

Neon denim biker jacket,
€71.25.

Neon denim biker jacket, €71.25.

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Pineapple-print blazer, €53, River Island

QI'm sick of this weather! How can I dress in a summery fashion when it is freezing out? I am stuck in black and still wearing tights -- help!

ATry swapping colour for black; this will instantly add lightness to your look without having to flash the flesh. Instead of sandals, choose brightly coloured courts like these bold pink snakeskin heels from Dune. Swap black or blue jeans for a pair of coloured denims -- I love these pale pink ones from Topshop; they would work perfectly with the pink courts -- and just add a basic beige sweater from Benetton. Another trick is to change your boring black blazer for a striking tropical-printed style. I really like River Island's pineapple-printed number. With its black base, it means you can wear it with darker shades and still look summery. Biker jackets are big news for summer but ditch your black leather style till winter and try a zesty coloured version such as Topshop's neon yellow denim style instead.

Irish Independent