Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa feels more remote than the 30 minutes it takes to drive from Dublin

Whether you are short and stout or long and lean, there are summer clothes out there that are flattering as well as fabulous

Summer clothes can be scarily revealing, but it is possible to get through the season with outfits that feel as good as they look

The many looks of Cos: ‘We’re constantly evolving’. All items pictured are available at COS, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 and www.cosstores.com

Smart, modern, minimalist style is at the centre of what the COS brand is about. Head of menswear Martin Andersson elaborates

First and foremost, stick with the basics. Think Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire: a plain fitted T, jeans, a good leather belt and a bomber jacket. If all else fails, this combination will work.

Inject some colour, ditch the short-shorts, bin the bucket hats, and remember: skinny jeans are not for everyone

Big deal: Dominique McMullan (centre) with her friends Orlaith Kane,  Emma Priestman, Sarah-Grace Keane and Ciara Walsh

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Catch up with our Irish Times swimmers in their final week before swimming a mile

From left, ADAM GAFFEY wears a three-piece suit from River Island, shoes from New Look and a shirt from Collar & Cuff; KEITH KENNY wears Dubarry boots, Replay denims, J Lindeberg T-shirt, Replay shirt, and a Guess hooded top; and KYLE CHELDON BARNETT wears a Cos coat and vest, Sun Buddies glasses, Trippen boots, Christopher Raeburn backpack, H&M trousers, and a Craig Green long shirt. Photographs: Eric Luke, Nick Bradshaw, Alan Betson

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"We can no longer ignore the big, wet elephant looming in the corner."

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"I have gone on holiday by mistake. I am in Finland, and as luck would have it I have found myself in a hotel with a swimming pool(...)

Shirts and blouses are the go-to for office wear for a reason

Dressing for the day job can be a minefield. Just follow these guidelines

I think my main issue is my total lack of inner thigh muscles so I’m going to practise that this weekend and am hoping for Victoria’s Secret legs sometime next week.

Conor Pope: ‘I am starting to quite enjoy the lengths’ Dominique McMullan: ‘Be kind and listen to your body’

I am nothing if not a slow learner, which is why it has taken me so long to realise that my breathing is all over the shop. In an ideal world, I would breathe every three strokes, alternating between my left and right sides. But this is far from an ideal world

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Dominique McMullan: ‘I’m slowly developing an addiction’. Conor Pope: ‘Things appear to be much better’

Go big or go home: the Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors got Jean-Claude Van Damme to do the splits in its Volvo trucks ad

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"Swimming, it turns out, is all about the Zen. Breathing, remaining calm and moving slowly are cornerstones of the sport. I really, really like this concept."

Dominique McMullan: ‘Sometimes I am like a torpedo' Conor Pope: ‘I am still struggling'

At the launch of Swim Ireland’s  ‘Swim for a Mile 2015’  are, from left to right, Sam McGuinness, Simon Community, Erica Roseingrave, public affairs and communications manager, Coca-Cola, Sarah Keane, chief executive, Swim Ireland, Dominique McMullan, Conor Pope and Killian Byrne. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

Water can kill you especially if you cannot swim: that's just one of the many reasons to learn how to swim a mile as soon as possi(...)

The Formula One heiress was in Dublin recently for a product launch. Dominique McMullan went along and learned more than she expec(...)

David Rawle and Chris O’Dowd in Moone Boy

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Textile Ted

We’ve rounded up the best men’s gifts so you can have your pick of the pack

. . . is that I sit very close to a food writer’ Dominique McMullan, journalist

Eye Gandy

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Designer turned painter

From Brick Lane to Istanbul’s bazaars, we hear about the best bargains to bring home from your holidays

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Top 5 fashionistas on Instagram

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An unsporty smoker, whose toughest outdoor challenge yet was at Electric Picnic, spends 24 hours in the wild learning to be like B(...)

Little girl snaps a photo of Laura Whitmore at the launch of last years Dublin Fashion Festival. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

The pick of Ireland’s fashion pack on twitter

Laura Whitmore in John Rocha. Photograph Getty Images

Irish film and television stars wore Irish designers on the red carpet, with John Rocha a clear favourite

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in stills from the Netflix hit, House of Cards, above and below

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Grace Walsh, Jess Crowley, Michaela O’Shea and Nicola Power of St Paul’s Community College, Waterford city, wearing trousers. Photograph: Patrick Browne

While many schoolgirls are happy in their regulation skirts, others bemoan the lack of choice – as does designer Louise Kennedy, w(...)

If the thought of a church full of identikit mini-brides makes you nauseous, you’ll be glad to hear the pendulum is beginning to swing back to a simpler time
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Plainer styles are back in vogue

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 Alexa Chung: ‘People who don’t know who The Cure is shouldn’t be allowed out’. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
How to be Alexa Chung
  • Fashion
  • September 10, 2013, 00:00

Model and fashionista, Alexa Chung, took over a Vogue website for a day – and used it in a very focused fashion

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