Fashion Trends: What’s Selling Best Right Now

According to North American retail reports, here’s what selling best the week beginning Oct 26, 2009:

Halloween Costume Ankle boots Donna Karan's Knee High Boots

Halloween Costumes

Ankle Boots

Knee High Boots
Donna Karan at Zappos

Women's Coats

Trench Coat

Cocktail Dress

Women’s Coats
Calvin Klein at Macys

Trench Coats
Elie Taharie at

Cocktail Dresses

Fall is definitely here.  Are you contributing to the sales spikes in these categories?

If not, use the comments below to tell us what clothing & accessories you’re buying.  It’s always fun to see what others are doing — particularly in other countries and in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s spring right now…


  • Paula T.

    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    Well, I’m not buying any of these categories. I personally think those ankle boots are ugly, but I’ve got skinny legs and they make me look like Minnie Mouse. Who wants that?? As far as the other categories, I already have coats and trenches from a few years ago, don’t attend cocktail parties so don’t need any more than I already have (plus I use evening separates anyway), have my tall boots from last year that look brand new, and I don’t dress up for Halloween. Sorry – I guess I’m not doing real well in contributing to the economy!

    • Diana

      Reply Reply November 6, 2009

      Hi Paula,

      When I saw the $600 shoes and $900 boots flying off the shelves at Zappos Couture (Hurry! Only 2 left at this price –?!!!), I realized I probably wasn’t doing my part for the economy either. Yikes! Perhaps the “next big trend” will catch your eye…;-)

  • Paula C.

    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    Just purchased a pair of Clarks ankle boots from Zappos. They are by far the most comfortable pair of boots I’ve ever owned and I wear them strickly with jeans or pants. I agree with Paula T. that skirts and short boots remind me of Minnie Mouse.
    I’ve also purchased 2 pieces of Body Wrap shapewear. Love the way they control and smooth those bumps under the bra line with knits. That means I will wear more things in my current closet.
    All my purchases are focused on filling gaps in my wardrobe. Nothing wild here.

  • Maria

    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    I really like the longer sweaters with pants although it’s not included in the above list. As I tell my own clients, not everything offered on the fashion plate is for suitable for everyone’s body type. Trench coats are tough if you’re short-waisted, for example, and same with the picture of the coat from Macy’s. We just need to think critically and buy judicially…

    • Diana

      Reply Reply November 6, 2009

      Hi Maria,

      It’s true. There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to clothing…

  • Rebecca

    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    Well I am definitely not contributing to the sale spikes in any of these categories. Don’t celebrate Haloween, I live in a tropical desert, so the boots and coats don’t work here and modesty is the order of the day here, so I don’t wear anything too revealing like the cocktail dress shown.

  • Gina

    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    Well down under (New Zealand) we are buying I guess what you all have just finished wearing – Maxi dresses, tunics galore, bright colour, florals, jackets with slightly exaggerated shoulders. The weather isn’t quite ready for us to break into our new clothes mind! Me personally, I am favoring the lovely tunics and have purchased more than one dress ( 1 floral maxi, 1 knee length floral and 1 knee length bright) for our summer this year. The brights are everywhere and it’s lovely to see as we are a nation that wears black.. I mean, all the time!

  • Sarah C

    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    I am purchasing core pieces, particularly shirts, to fill out my wardrobe in yummy colors like rich cocoa, pomegranite and candy apple. The pop of color is giving new life to the blacks and grays in my winter wardrobe.

  • Christine

    Reply Reply October 30, 2009

    I not doing a number for the economy either, particularly not boots or booties. They’re all too high-heeled for my personal needs. Besides why on earth would anyone wear spikey heels in slick, rain, snow or ice? That’s a good way to tear a knee… something I know about.

    I don’t need any new coats but can understand the latest trend to buy more color to coordinate with the clothes. I’ve liked that look since the old movie days and remember having several as a child.

    I do the dress separates thing when the rare occassion presents itself. Silicon Valley hasn’t been holding many special events or cocktail parties lately. More likely to be invited hiking, workshop, neighborhood meeting or pink slip party these days.

  • Betsy

    Reply Reply October 31, 2009

    I say forget what the fashion merchandisers are pushing and create your own style. Do your part to save the planet. Reuse, reduce, recycle, and SHOP RESALE. The planet will thank you and so will your pocketbook.

  • Paula T.

    Reply Reply November 1, 2009

    I have to agree with Christine on the spiked heel boots – my last year’s tall boots are “flats” – and in fact I only wear a higher heel when I have a special occasion to attend, like a wedding or annual company Christmas party. I have a bad back and wearing high heels is painful, so my shoe wardrobe is almost completely flats or low heeled. Plus I have also lived on the East Coast and agree that heels like that shown in the picture can definitely be dangerous in winter weather; I fell during my first winter there because I didn’t realize, but I learned fast. I now live in SoCal so the only reason I need “winter” stuff is when I have to travel back East for my work. That’s never more than 2 weeks at a time so my winter wardrobe is very small.

    Any purchases I have made, which actually is nothing in the past 6 months, are filling gaps. I know that Diana’s Wardrobe Magic formula says I could buy a lot every month, but I am saving my money in this economy! My clothing budget has gone down to zero, pretty much.

    And Betsy is so right, about both of her comments. Create your own style and do it in a Earth-friendly manner whenever you can!

    • Diana

      Reply Reply November 11, 2009

      Hi Paula,

      In regard to your comment:

      “I know that Diana’s Wardrobe Magic formula says I could buy a lot every month, but I am saving my money in this economy! My clothing budget has gone down to zero, pretty much.”

      …I want to clarify that WARDROBE MAGIC does not say you should buy a lot every month; it says that you should buy the pieces that will have the greatest impact on your wardrobe first (like a skirt or a pair of shoes that could be worn multiple ways) and then fill in as your budget allows. It sounds like you’re doing that —


      • Paula T.

        Reply Reply November 12, 2009

        Hi Diana,

        You are absolutely right – that is why I say “could”!!! I would hope everyone reading my comment had caught that distinction, but thanks for high-lighting it.

        In regards to the rest of your comment, I bought, MANY years ago, the Wallace book about capsule wardrobes and have pretty much followed that strategy for over 30 years. Most everything I have is separates and it all goes with everything else in my closet, including my evening wear. I buy the best I can afford and ensure that it goes with my “colors” and my style, which is mainly classic with some modern thrown in.

        BTW, I do like this format!


  • Janet Caterina

    Reply Reply November 3, 2009

    Where do you get your numbers? I am in the industry and we have sold over 8,000 pieces in plaid flannel shirts and more than that number in quilted vests. These are our hot numbers this season, but they are not high-ticket items like the above. Sweaters are also the big seller this year, an alternative to the suit jacket, which has faded out from the retail roster.

    • Diana

      Reply Reply November 6, 2009

      Hi Janet,

      I get this info from various industry websites, including

  • Janet Darbey

    Reply Reply November 12, 2009

    None of my recent purchases are on your list. I went to Italy and bought a beautiful fake sheepskin jacket in purple for twenty euros . It looks really dressy, is warm as toast,and fits like it was made to measure. I bought a Nappa leather waistcoat that shows off my small waist in Rome , reduced in a sale from three hundred euros to just forty. I found a pair of Italian leather biker boots in the sales in Greece, along with a whole rack of tops and sweaters for just three euros each. I have to dress on a tiny budget, but mixing and matching my wardrobe means I always have something suitable to wear. I lost seventy pounds in weight with weight training and healthy diet, then kept it off for over two years. So I sold all my old ”fat” and unflattering clothes at the car boot sales to raise money to buy a replacement wardrobe.

    • Paula T.

      Reply Reply November 12, 2009

      Okay, I am now officially jealous! You are so lucky you can do this! Enjoy your new purchases – they sound fabulous.

  • Tracyk

    Reply Reply November 16, 2009

    Hi! I have a quick question that I am hoping you can help with. I own a womens resale shop and have a customer who carries a little color swatch booklet. It is in a plastic protector like a 2 year calendar. She is a “Winter” so this little wonder has lists of items such as tops, furs, accessories that are best suited for her. It also has several pages of color swatches that work for “Winter” gals. She says a friend gave it to her. There is no company info anywhere on the product. I would LOVE something like this!! She says she never makes a purchase without consulting her little book! Any ideas where I can locate one?

    • Anonymous

      Reply Reply November 18, 2009

      They are put out by the Color Me Beautiful company. They used to do sessions where they helped you pick out your “season” based on skin tone, etc. I believe you can go to to find this information.

  • Keeds6287

    Reply Reply November 24, 2009

    I love ankle boots. I think they’re really cute and trendy. I actually prefer them to mid-calf boots.

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