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A Trend Forecaster on Women’s Fashion Gifts to Buy Before They Sell Out

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Last year, we talked to an expert at trend-forecasting agency WGSN about the best gifts to buy ahead of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday crush. This year, following the release of Business of Fashion’s influential quarterly trend report, we’re drilling down even further by talking to forecasters in various categories to find out what will sell out for men, for tech junkies, for kids’ toys and games. Today, a chat with WGSN editor Marian Park on women’s fashion and clothing gifts to buy before they sell out. (If you’re nostalgic for last year’s trends, see them here.)

Champion Sherpa Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
$95 at Urban Outfitters

So this is really part of an umbrella-trend movement where streetwear that men have been doing is moving into the women’s world. We’re not really seeing that sultry ’90s pajama dressing from last year so much anymore. Now it’s really all about hype culture (with Hypebae and Hypebeast and High Snobiety influencing women’s clothing). It’s about taking a menswear hoodie, tweaking the silhouette, and making it a luxury cozy item. That KITH x Vogue collaboration obviously has completely sold out, but that idea gets at it. Right now, the Champion shearling is going to be huge. It’s a sherpa material on a hoodie silhouette.

This has already sold out, but a very similar men’s version can be found on Amazon.

Everlane Women’s City Anorak
$88 at Everlane

High-tech is huge for women — it’s moving from a normcore thing to more of a gorpcore level, which we saw a lot for spring/summer 2018. There was Valentino and Isabel Marant doing anoraks, and now we’re seeing tech/rain jackets with this kind of material taking over everything in the fashion industry.

Marc Jacobs MJT1003 Hybrid Smart Watch In Black
$293 at ASOS

Wearables for women have really shifted from Fitbit active bracelets into something more like a smartwatch. So you have Fitbit doing this smartwatch called Ionic, and fashion brands like Tory Burch or Vera Wang making activity trackers that blend technology with luxury and feature all these interchangeable bracelets. The smartwatch is truly the new activity tracker though. Marc Jacobs has created this camera-shutter activation in its activity-tracking smartwatch that helps you with selfies, that takes it to the next level. These are huge for holiday.

Umbro Oversized High Neck Sweatshirt With Tape Logo
$72 at ASOS

Something else that’s happening is this British soccer-hooligan look that Gosha Rubchinskiy made happen last year with men, and now women’s clothing is chasing that through. One thing to note is how women are styling it. You remember that high/low Thrasher tee and skirt and Stan Smith thing that editors were doing last year? We’re moving on from that.

Champion & UO Reverse Weave Embroidered Hoodie Sweatshirt
$69 at Urban Outfitters

We’ve really moved from a skater thing to something more like a soft, cozy Champion color palette. They do these reverse-weave sweatshirts in these great colors like pastel pink and icy blue. I know we’ve been talking about millennial pink a lot, but that will continue to be strong, as will this shade of lilac (already sold out) that’s coming up.

Balenciaga Stretch-Knit High-Top Trainer, Noir
$695 at Bergdorf Goodman

So just a few days ago, Business of Fashion released its quarterly report about the most-buzzed-about brands and Balenciaga instead of Gucci was No. 1 — and the Balenciaga knit sneaker was the No. 1 most-coveted item. It looks like a sock with a Skechers bottom — it’s truly that ugly sneaker.

Fila Disruptor 2 Lux Leather Sneakers
$120 at Barneys New York

The ugly sneaker? Yeah, that idea really comes from ’90s to Y2K, early-2000s rave culture. We saw how the Yeezy sneaker really launched that, and now it’s like, the more detailed and wild, the better. If you can’t get your hands on the Balenciaga, the Fila Disruptor is your shoe. It’s actually been sold out everywhere, but now you can find some occasionally, so get them if you can. It has the idea of a Timberland boot but in a sneaker.

Vetements x Reebok intarsia cotton-blend socks
$95 at Net-a-Porter

If you can’t afford the Balenciaga sneaker (and many of us cannot) you probably will want the Vetements x Reebok socks.

Yeezy Calabasas Lost Hills Dad Hat
$100 at Neiman Marcus

When you’re in that world but don’t have that kind of money to drop, there are other things to buy, too. We’re going to be seeing a lot of people gifting a Yeezy Calabasas cap, for instance. It’s still that cozy-comfort streetwear look without getting too crazy expensive.

Reebok Fury Adapt Sneakers
$87 (33 percent off) at Asos

Something else that women’s shoes are borrowing from activewear is the rise of shoes like the Reebok Fury. They truly stand out.

032c White ‘Remove Before Sex’ Socks
$25 at Ssense

A stocking stuffer that’s going to go crazy is these 032c socks — you know that German magazine? They made these socks that say “Remove Before Sex” that are going to be huge. If you prefer black, there are those, too.

Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Velvet Zip Belt Bag
$50 at Urban Outfitters

What’s interesting is that the fanny pack is also making a very big comeback. We’ve seen Gucci and high-fashion brands do it, but now we have Herschel doing this one in pink velvet that’s very popular.

KARA Small Shearling Waist Bag
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KARA Small Shearling Waist Bag
$275 at KARA

And Kara is doing a pink shearling waist pouch that’s really going to make a mark. That’s going to be a must-have. It’s a brunch-to-party perspective, which allows you to bring everything you need with you all day.

Fiorucci Angel-Graphic Cotton T-Shirt
$95 at Barneys New York

Graphic T-shirts are also going to have a real moment. Anything branded and logo-driven is hot right now. That’s really driven by brands like Off-White and Balenciaga and Vetements making logos cool again. Fiorucci’s angel T-shirts are big.

Helmut Lang Logo-print cotton-jersey T-shirt
$150 at Matches Fashion

Helmut Lang logo tees are riding that wave too.

Acne Toronty Logo Scarf
$240 at Acne Studios

The scarf that’s going to be incredibly popular is the Acne Toronty logo scarf, which again proclaims its logo loud and proud. It’s really that hype effect coming through from men’s brands yet again.

Check out all of our 2018 Black Friday clothing sales.

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Trend Forecaster on Women’s Fashion to Buy Before It’s Gone