By  on April 18, 2017
Rebecca Taylor's leather jacket is a bestseller at Olive & Bette's.

Tops with sleeve interest, wide-leg cropped pants, bohemian dresses and unusual shirting have been among the standouts in contemporary sportswear at several brick-and-mortar specialty stores so far this spring.

While the overall performance of fashion at retail remains uneven given pressures from online, changing consumer shopping habits and the fluctuating economy, a spot check of specialty retailers in Boston; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and New York revealed that women started buying spring apparel early (often to take away on vacation) and are continuing to shop as the season rolls on.

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