Store: Uniqlo Where: 733 stores worldwide. Best-selling holiday item: Skinny jeans (available in two styles, straight and tapered, and three washes, rinsed, indigo and black). Price: $39.50 Info: "Our design team has gone to great lengths to ensure that our jeans are created using the finest Japanese premium denim and that our fit and quality are the best possible," said Yuki Katsuta, president of Uniqlo Design Studio N.Y.
Store: American Eagle Outfitters Where: Ae.com, 836 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and 72 stores in Canada. Best-selling holiday items: Winter Twist cable sweater and the Fireside hoodie. Price: $39.50 for the sweater, $79.50 for the hoodie. Info: "The AE Winter Twist cable sweater is a good example of a strong fashion basic, and the fur-lined AE fireside hoodie is a great example of a more luxurious trend item that's doing very well for us," a spokeswoman said. "Gift Cards are [also] one of our best-selling items. We put a lot of effort into making them special and exciting for both the giver and receiver. We have eight different designs to choose from throughout the season, as well as envelopes with colorful flocked stripes."
Store: Anchor Blue Where: Anchorblue.com and 160 stores nationwide. Best-selling holiday item: Hoodies. Price: Starting at $24.40. Info: "There is a lot of variety — some embellished, some with sequins, some with screen hits — and they all work back to the denim," said Molly Adams, senior vice president of merchandising for Anchor Blue. "The hoodies have replaced the traditional Christmas sweater."
Store: LF Where: Lfstores.com and locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. Best-selling holiday items: Flash Boot by Jeffrey Campbell and short jumper by Emma & Sam. Price: $110 for the boots, $88 for the jumper. Info: Jessica Sutton from the Pussycat Dolls purchased the boots and they sold out so fast, the store ordered a second round. The jumper has been selling in cherry, dark plum, black and gray.Store: Girlshop Where: Girlshop.com and New York. Best-selling holiday item: Anna Kula floppy beret. Price: $145 Info: "Stylish teens around town are trying to get the look that stars like Ashley Olsen and Bijou Philips have been spotted sporting — the floppy beret," said Laura Eisman, founder and chief executive officer of Girlshop. "Anna Kula's, available on Girlshop.com, is a great version for less."
Store: Shvitz Where: New York and shvitznyc.com. Best-selling holiday items: Primp thermal sets and Rebel Yell sweatsuits. Price: $80 for the Primp thermal top, $72 for the bottom; $165 for the Rebel Yell hoodie, $145 for the pants. Info: "The Primp prints are fun and feminine, while also versatile,'' owner Leslie Hall said. "The tops can be paired with jeans and sneakers or Uggs for a casual look or with skinny jeans and knee boots for nighttime. The thermal bottoms are great with the long hoodies that are now so popular. Rebel Yell is an edgier line, more rock 'n' roll, washed-out fabrics, and super-comfy. While the colors and patterns are less girly, the fit of the pieces is especially flattering."
Store: Alloy Where: Alloy.com and catalogue. Best-selling holiday item: Grecian dress and holiday bootie. Price: Dress, $38.50-40.50; bootie, $39.50. Info: "Our customer is coming to us for price, trend and wearability,'' said Nicole Fasolino, fashion director. "At $38, they are buying an on-trend dress that can easily be styled into their already existing wardrobe and be worn all year round, dressy to casual. The bootie is super trendy, cheap, and they're wearing it with everything from skinny jeans to leggings to dresses to shorts."
Store: Delia's Where: Delias.com, catalogue and 74 stores. Best-selling holiday items: Panda thermal and music note hoodie. Price: $26.50 for the thermal, $44.50 for the hoodie. Info: Teens love the prints and great texture on the thermal, and the hoodie is quirky and fun, a Delia's spokeswoman said.Store: Karmaloop Where: Boston and karmaloop.com. Best-selling holiday items: Jasper peacoat by Spiewak, Kayden jacket by Soundgirl and Wildberry dress by Soundgirl. Prices: $116 for the pea coat, $67 for the jacket and $70 for the dress. Info: "Obviously, the mild weather is partially dictating the outerwear trend," said Dina Selkoe, creative director. "Both of the jackets are easy transition pieces from cool to cold. Both of these jackets pull a girl's look together simply and easily, while allowing her to look cool, fashionable and good. The dress is a big hit because it pairs two big trends, lumberjack plaid and flannel, with a dramatic color and adorable cut."