By and  on December 17, 2009

After a rough year economically, contemporary shoppers are clearly ending 2009 by scooping up the big trends for holiday — from little black sexy dresses and striped cashmere sweaters, toskirts with sparkle and swimsuits for a week at the beach.

40 locations nationwide.
Best-selling items: Aqua’s sequin tank dress and Theory’s cashmere sweaters.
Retail prices: $168 for the dress and $215 for the sweaters.
The appeal: “Aqua’s sequin tank dress gives new meaning to the words ‘sparkle and shine.’ Sequins are a big trend this season, and this dress can transition from a work day look with a leather jacket, opaque tights and booties to evening chic,” said Richard Mast, senior vice president and general manager of Bloomingdale’s 59th Street. “Exclusively crafted for Bloomingdale’s, Theory’s chic bodice-skimming turtleneck is perfect paired with dark denims, knee-high boots and gleaming gold accents.”

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