Holiday Season Stronger Than Expected

hsstIt’s been a happy holiday season for eveningwear departments across the country, with sales figures exceeding last year, according to a check of specialty and department stores.

Retailers report brisk business in a variety of evening looks, as women have dug into their pocketbooks for that special outfit to wear to their holiday parties. Gains have generally been in the moderate range, with some stores posting substantial increases hitting over 10 percent.

The trend seems to be toward the more casual side, as evening separates have been some of the bestsellers.

Retailers say women are often opting for separates over a more formal dress because they offer casual comfort and give them more options as they hit the party circuit. …