Finally, a Hot Trend: T-Shirts, Cargoes Lead The Stars of Summer

The T-shirt and cargo pants are the runaway bestsellers this summer. Here’s what else is hot at stores around the country.

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Sue Palombo, store manager, Saks Jandel, Washington and Chevy Chase, Md.: “In sportswear, a coated linen rain jacket is the bestseller. In our Yves Saint Laurent boutique, fitted viscose dresses and shirts and jackets are driving business, and in eveningwear, tiered chiffon dresses are the best-selling items, hands down.”

Lisa Vanderweil, owner, Crossing Main, Hingham, Mass.: Milly’s turquoise skirt with sequins, retailing for $210. “Milly has done a beautiful job for us. We were in Nevis on our honeymoon and women were stopping me in the lobby, asking me about my skirt.”

Hernando Santamaria, owner, Alo, Cambridge, Mass.: “Trina Turk and Tahari were the best-selling dresses this summer. Thankfully, Tahari recut one dress and we reordered it in a different color. We also went through two sets of reorders on [Tahari’s] Elie dress.” Trina Turk’s Kimora A-line dress in a paisley print sold for $200; Tahari’s Kayla paisley-print dress in turquoise and geranium was $238, and Tahari’s Elie slip dress in crinkle silk with lace trim was $298.

Franca Buchbinder, sales consultant, Akris, Boston: “We did a novelty silk and tweedy burlap material that was very successful. The jacket was long with no pockets, to elongate the bustline.” A raw-silk “burlap” blazer in taupe sold for $2,390, a double-faced lightweight wool blazer sold for $2,990, and a berry red sheath dress was $1,990.

Victoria Jackson, owner, Byzantine, Dallas: The hottest item has been an ivory skirt with multicolor embroidery, beading and sequins by Nanette Lepore for $205. “They sold as fast as they came in, and we reordered it four times. Customers didn’t think twice about it —they just loved it. We had a waiting list for it each time we reordered.”

Bob Benham, owner, Balliet’s, Oklahoma City: Prada leather handbags from $600 to $1,200. “We’re selling them out of the receiving room — we can’t even get them to the Prada boutique in the store,” said Benham. “We’ve sold out of the red and orange to the piece, and we’ve already sold out of the green and red for early fall.”
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