The Best Spring Pieces That Will Sell Out Before March
Happy Hump Day! Aside from being halfway through the week, we’re also about halfway through winter (yes, that’s all), which means that beyond feeling fed up with the freezing temperatures, you’re also already looking to prep your wardrobe for spring. If you want to make smart decisions this far out, however, it helps to have some intel as to which pieces are projected to sell out first this coming season, since those are the ones you’ll want to get your hands on before they’re gone. And to help us predict which major trends we should buy into first, we reached out to Katie Smith, the senior retail analyst at retail data company Edited, to share the company’s forecasts on which spring pieces are predicted to sell out.
Scroll through to read about Edited’s findings and to shop our picks for each of the seven must-have trends!
“Thanks in part to Isabel Marant (trend doyenne), whose cinching obi belts were worn over denim and corsetry bralettes over tees, corsetry also showed up at Opening Ceremony and J.Crew. It’s now hitting retail, with Zara dropping in waist-defining corsets styled over blazers, tees, and blouses. At Topshop, a T-shirt comes with the corset layer and other retailers have built corsetry styling into sweaters, shirts, and dresses. These pieces feel entirely new and strike a punky direction, which is reiterated with oversize lace-up tops, leotards, outerwear, and pants,” Smith says.
“Last year’s ruffles return, this time with added pepper. Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Off-White, and Isabel Marant all tapped into the romantic moment with oversize frills, ruffles, and flounces. These will hit retail on down the sleeves of sheer blouses, across skirts, and edging along the sides of pants and joggers. There’s already been a 54% increase in the number of ruffle-adorned blouses and knits this January compared to last, with the majority of products landing in the luxury market. That’s a great sign of a trend with high-fashion credentials that will power it through to fall,” Smith says.
Caroline Constas Margi Picot-Trimmed Tiered Cotton-Voile Midi Skirt ($495)
This skirt looks great with everything from a bodysuit to a T-shirt.
“There have been some pretty interesting jeans on the market for a while now (see last year’s dramatic frays, patchwork, metallics, and sequins), but this spring switches it up all over again. Upgrade your trusty blues with embellished and embroidered styles—new arrivals this January are up 61%—or brave it in the high-shine vinyl pants. Look out for multi-tonal floral embroidery, gem-covered raw hems, and pearl-beaded appliqué,” Smith says.
“It’s the shoe of the season, with January arrivals already up from last year 172% and selling out in an average of 12 days, despite the weather! Of the new arrivals, 39% are luxury products, which boosts the average price up to $198. The season’s toe shape is pointed, and for extra trend points, look out for metallics styles, ruffle trims, fringing, and loafer styling, clog heels, or fur lining (thanks, Gucci!),” Smith says.
“So long, athleisure—streetwear is the cool kid on the block. By now, we all own a plain hoodie in any trend color you can name. So this year, with the garment still super popular, it’s the added details that count. Be it Topshop’s embroidered and kimono-sleeve hoodie, the latest tour merch from your favorite act, or Vetements’ insiders-only humorous branding, you’ll want to get your hands on the latest drops. Oversize with slogans or branding down the arms, this seasonal update carries an accessible price—the current average is $53. Look out for street collaborations: Anything Kith, Levi’s, or Supreme collaborates on this year will fly,” Smith says.
“If spring 2016 was all about the cold shoulder, spring 2017 will be ruled by statement sleeves. Serious sleeve mastery was shown on scores of runways across the New York, London, Milan, and Paris shows, most notably springing up at Gucci, Chloé, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors. Choose from historical references in the leg o’ mutton, complex construction with the mameluke, or the super-feminine puff. The mass market is warming consumers up now with kimono sleeves, tie sleeves, and the popular balloon sleeves, which are selling out in just 26 days on average,” Smith says.
“Topshop, Missguided, Mango, and ASOS have all dropped styles of pants with snap-fastened sides into stores in the last month and in luxury, Maje and Tibi have versions in store. We’d imagine Zara and Forever 21 won’t be far behind with what’s bound to be the fastest-selling pairs of the season! This trend was referenced on the spring runways of Tory Burch, Christopher Kane, and Prabal Gurung, and plays into the wider deconstructed story. If the snap sides are too sporty for you, try side-slit pants, which create the gentle flare shape that is popular this season,” Smith says.