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THE end of January is such a bleak time, with the nearest bank holiday still months off and our wallets still recovering from Christmas.

So thank God for Penneys, where a few euro can produce a totally new you.

Its spring 2007 collection is both distinctive and colourful, broken into several different categories.

Coming into stores from the end of January, the collection perfectly captures the new season's moods.

Paint Box is the first look to burst on the scene.

The whole colour pallet includes flashes of chartreuse, coral, mid-blue, poppy red, turquoise and lime.

Dresses are key to this look, carrying forward from last autumn, with the all-important trapeze swing dress being the perfect look. Many of the new dresses have voluminous balloon sleeves or bell sleeves, creating an attractive and fun silhouette.

Bright canvas bags lined with stripe patterns complete this look, especially when worn with bright-coloured headscarves.

Next, is Forgotten Forties, a nostalgic and slightly masculine feel in more muted shades of white, green, mustard, yellow, orange and brown.

Classic men's tailored pieces are key. Trousers are high-waisted, paperbag and slouchy, while shorts are tailored and mini. Monochrome prints are very important on both blouses and dresses, which look terrific with highlights of yellow.

Also in this scene is the Parka. This is very much a spotlight look, which looks perfect when layered over mini-shift dresses.

Disco Diva blasts on the scene in an explosion of bright colours - neon yellow, electric blue and hot pink - all contrasting when worn with black leggings and footless tights.

Shapes in this section are simple, with a focus on volume.

The key silhouette is trapeze, which can be seen in coats and tops with voluminous bell sleeves.

Slinky jumpsuits, skin-tight denim and oversized tops are reminiscent of the 1980s.

Summer Loving is a delicate pastel look. Smock dresses in floral prints, paisleys and broderie anglaise are worn with high-waisted jeans.

Bright pleated skirts and hot pants are worn with neon T-shirts and belts.

Neon beads and bangles accessorise perfectly this whole look. For the feet, try high wedge-heel peeptoes and the wooden platform with uppers in floral prints and canvas Saharan Days has all the sleekness of the safari in a neutral colour palette - soft flesh ones, browns, mustards, khakis, oranges and olive green. This is the perfect look for natural fabrics such as linen.

Even more stunning are the prices, which let you put a little spring in your wardrobe without putting a dent in your wallet.


Above, green and white empire line tie dress (EUR21)' above right, multi mini check dress (E17)' Left, black and white print border shift dress' Second from left, gathered front mustard jacket (E17) with navy smock with multicolour trim (E9)' left, floral print dress in mustard (E15), worn with red canvas wedge shoes (E15) and green bangles (E1.50)
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2007
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