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Seasonal Summer Fashion - UK - December 2015

Published By :

Mintel

Published Date : Dec 2015

Category :

Apparel

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As three quarters of Britons only purchase new clothing for a holiday or festival that they will be able to wear again, there is demand for retailers to offer more adaptable summer collections that are less seasonally defined and can be worn away from the beach and in the UK even with the unpredictable summer weather.

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Overview

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Executive Summary

Domestic holidays down as people head overseas
Figure 1: Number of domestic and overseas holidays, 2009-14
Retailers use festivals as a marketing tool
Gap in the market for young male holiday wear
Figure 2: Purchasing of fashion items for different summer events, September 2015
Department stores are the number one choice for occasionwear
Figure 3: Retailers where fashion items for summer 2015 holidays and/or wedding or other special events during summer 2015 were purchased, September 2015
Women prioritise flattering fitting occasionwear
Figure 4: What would encourage consumers to shop at a particular retailer when purchasing clothes for a wedding or other special occasion in the summer, September 2015
Half buy occasionwear from usual retailers
Figure 5: Agreement with attitudes towards purchasing clothes for a wedding, races or other formal event in the summer, September 2015
Female over-45s want multipurpose holiday wear
Figure 6: Agreement with attitudes towards purchasing clothes for summer holidays or festivals, September 2015
What we think

Issues and Insights

How can retailers drive holiday wear purchases?
The facts
The implications
What types of retailers stand out for occasionwear?
The facts
The implications
What opportunities are there for driving sales of clothes for weddings or other special occasions in the summer?
The facts
The implications

Market Drivers

Summer temperatures fall below average in 2015
Domestic holidays down as people head overseas
Figure 7: Number of domestic and overseas holidays, 2009-14
Figure 8: Long-haul vs. short-haul holidays, by volume, 2009-14
Figure 9: Domestic vs overseas holidays expenditure, 2009-14
16-24s are the main festival attendees
Figure 10: Music festival visiting, by age, June 2015
Wedding season peaks in August
Figure 11: Month of occurrence for marriages in England and wales, 2010 and 2011*
Smartphone ownership fuels photo sharing activity
Figure 12: Personal ownership of consumer technology products, by age, June 2015
Figure 13: Online activities performed in the last three months, by age, June 2015
Falling 15-24s could pose a challenge

Key Players – What You Need to Know

Retailers use festivals as a marketing tool
Expert advice is in fashion
Sustainable swimwear
Men’s made-to-measure and style advice services
Pre-summer advertising peaks in March
M&S and H&M biggest spenders on beachwear ads
Summer advertising campaigns

Innovations and Launch Activity

Holidays, festivals and summer wear
Festivals used as a marketing tool
Figure 14: H&M’s co-branded collection with the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, 2015
Growing market for men’s luxury swimwear
Expert advice is in fashion
Topshop’s colour palette tool for shopping the season
The brand behind the colour-block bikini trend
Recycled materials create long-lasting swimwear
Topshop launches resort collection
Capturing the travelling customer
Weddings and formal occasions
Made to Measure service
The introduction of sub-brands drives suit sales
New hub for men’s wedding style advice
Figure 15: Screenshot from Hackett’s wedding style platform, The Stag
Fashion mini bar: an opportunity in the wedding and races season
ASOS enters the bridesmaid market

Advertising and Marketing Activity

Pre-summer advertising peaks in March
Figure 16: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on fashion and accessories, February-August 2014 and 2015
Advertising spend on beachwear
Figure 17: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on beachwear, February-August 2011-15
Figure 18: Sainsbury’s spring/summer marketing
Figure 19: Recorded above-the-line, online display and direct mail total advertising expenditure on beachwear, by media type, 2015
Summer advertising campaigns: the high street
Figure 20: A shot from Very’s #Can’tWaitForSummer television advert, 2015
Figure 21: Ted Baker’s spring/summer 2015 campaign images
Summer advertising campaigns: designer

The Consumer – What You Need to Know

Gap in the market for young male holiday wear
A quarter of under-35s buy fashion for festivals
A fifth buy items for weddings
Department stores are the number one choice for occasionwear
Women prioritise flattering fitting occasionwear
Young want formal clothes designs that stand out
Half buy occasionwear from usual retailers
54% of women struggle to know what to wear to formal events
Female over-45s want multipurpose holiday wear
Young women drive swimwear purchases

Purchasing for Summer Events

Gap in the market for young male holiday wear
Figure 22: Types of fashion items purchased for different summer events, September 2015
Driving purchasing of holiday footwear and accessories among older women
A quarter of under-35s buy fashion for festivals
A fifth buy items for weddings
Figure 23: Purchasing of fashion items for different summer events, September 2015
Young females buy clothes, shoes and accessories for holidays
Figure 24: Repertoire of items purchased for summer holiday in 2015, September 2015

Where Fashion Items for Summer Events Were Purchased

Primark is the holiday retailer of choice
Figure 25: Retailers where fashion items for summer 2015 holidays and/or wedding or other special events during summer 2015 were purchased, September 2015
Young women shop at New Look and H&M for holidays
Figure 26: Retailers where fashion items for summer 2015 holidays were purchased, by gender, September 2015
Department stores are the number one choice for occasionwear
Figure 27: Retailers where fashion items were purchased for weddings or other special events during summer 2015, by gender, September 2015
Less than one in 10 buy from occasionwear specialists

Encouraging Purchasing of Clothes for a Wedding or Other Special Occasion in the Summer

Women prioritise flattering fitting occasionwear
Figure 28: What would encourage consumers to shop at a particular retailer when purchasing clothes for a wedding or other special occasion in the summer, September 2015
Low prices
Young want designs that stand out
Figure 29: Agreement with ‘designs that stand out’ as one of the factors that would encourage consumers to shop at a particular retailer when purchasing clothes for a wedding or other special occasion in the summer, by age, September 2015

Attitudes towards Purchasing Clothes for a Wedding, Races or Other Formal Event in the Summer

Half buy occasionwear from usual retailers
Figure 30: Agreement with attitudes towards purchasing clothes for a wedding, races or other formal event in the summer, September 2015
54% of women struggle to know what to wear to formal events
Men keen on retailers that offer alteration services
Under-45s keen on personal shopper for occasionwear
Figure 31: Attitudes towards clothes purchasing in the summer – CHAID – Tree output, September 2015
Methodology

Attitudes towards Purchasing Clothes for Summer Holidays or Festivals

Female over-45s want multipurpose holiday wear
Figure 32: Agreement with attitudes towards purchasing clothes for summer holidays or festivals, September 2015
Seasonal summer sales
Young women drive swimwear purchases
Holiday or festival pages online

Appendix – Data Sources and Abbreviations

Data sources
Consumer research methodology
Abbreviations

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