Lifestyle Editor Dairne Black takes a look at why us Irish students are so obsessed with Penneys...

Oh Penneys, we’ve had some love affair. We’ve been through too many shoes, tops, skirts, dresses and underwear. Not forgetting the hundreds of fluffy socks that have been trodden around on. My mother jokes that I should have shares in the place, but at this stage, she’s

It’s (literally) cheap as chips…

Penneys knows, it’s like the Spire in Dublin, it sees and hears everything. It knows you’re on a budget, it doesn’t want you to go hungry or be unable to pay your rent so it’s as cheap as McDonalds Eurosaver menu. Believe me when I say, you can get an outfit in Penneys for in and around €20. Or, have the outfit? Looking for something to accessorise it? Sure pop into Penneys, search thoroughly and you will find something. Aswell as that, sometimes they even have a sale on!

They stock everything…

I’m sure many of you have just moved out, and are looking to try and spruce up the aul digs. Well, rest assured, Penneys have an extensive Homeware Department. Soft cosy blankets for the winter months, oven gloves for those €2 pizzas and a portable coffee mug to save you buying that expensive and possibly slightly pretentious cup of coffee in the morning. It has bedsheets, duvet covers, pillows, cushions, and everything to give that damp, dank apartment, a warm look, and you a fuzzy feeling inside.

Penneys caters to those on a budget, and to those who want some simple, affordable college clothes. I bought jeans there for less than €10, and hoodies retail between €10/€15 aswell. Shoes are cheap enough, although, with our climate it’s well worth investing in a pair of winter boots to keep your feet dry. I have walked the streets of Dublin in flimsy pumps and fake water clogged UGG boots, it’s not pleasant. It all the basic college stuff, clothes that will last you through at least a term or two. Simple clothes that you can throw on first thing in the morning with little or no thought, and you’re ready to go. I love buying tops in multiple colours, and these can be worn under dresses to layer up and stay warm, or simply with jeans or a skirt. For long days, I’d choose comfort any day, especially if you have any sort of commute. For anyone walking in, make sure you’ve got rain gear, and a spare change of sock/tights or footwear.

All you need…

As well as having the practical clothes, Pennies also have the essentials. Things you NEED in your wardrobe. Underwear and socks being two of the main ones, these are cheap enough, and long lasting. Keep any kind of a hanger aswell, they’re always handy to have and keep clothes neat. Doing college presentations, it’s always handy to have a nice dress/pair of trousers or a shirt. Penneys has a constant supply of these, and they’re ideal for upcoming job and college interviews. You can never go wrong with a white shirt and black trousers that includes ladies here! Apart from the practical essentials, Penneys usually have at least one LBD (little black dress) , skirts, blazers, jeans, t-shirts and other essential items that you should have in your wardrobe (my next piece will be on wardrobe essentials, so stay tuned!) Don’t forget black tights girls. The feel of a new pair of black tights, is just, wow, nearly as good as chocolate, but probably better because tights suck you in.

Find your nearest Penneys. In Dublin, there’s one on O’Connell street and one on Henry Street (my personal favourite), for all you UCC folk, there’s one on the main street in Cork (Patrick’s street), that’s a huge one and it rivals the one up in Belfast which is by far the biggest I’ve seen (although, I’m off to London soon and have reliably informed that one is just unreal). Galway girls and guys there’s one in Eyre Square. However, the best way to see exactly where your nearest store is, is by checking out this link.

I recommend going in early in the morning, first thing. No crowds, things are easily located, and it’s quite calming.

Where have you found bargains? Or where rips you off? Let us know!