Some of this spring's best sales have come as surprises.
"In a season when customers were supposed to be wanting to buy safe because of the economy and everything, we found what they really wanted was something new," says Nancy Chistolini, vice president of creative merchandising at Hecht's. "They didn't want a basic jacket, but one with fancier buttons or braid or trim.
"And I won't say the unitard was a blowout, but at $48 apiece, they did very well for something that wasn't a necessity. The black stirrup pants really took off, and I wish we had more of them. I think it's because you have to have a very good figure for a catsuit, but the stirrup pants fit a lot more body types."