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2013 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Clementine

Wellesley

This sweet shop is positively bursting with eclectic clothing and accessories from designers you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the area—Gary Graham frocks, Goldsign jeans, N.D.C. boots. Whether you’re seeking a special-occasion stunner or a casual weekend getup, the… read more»

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Clementine

Wellesley

It’s said that clementines are potent aphrodisiacs. Perhaps that explains why Judi Rizley’s shop has us under some sort of spell. Browsing the racks, we ooh and aah over designer pieces that are tough to find elsewhere—vibrant scarves from Liya… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Bessie Blue

Belmont

There’s no shortage of painfully chic, designer-heavy boutiques in the western ‘burbs. But this four-year-old spot manages to be both artfully fashionable and charmingly approachable—no sizing up or talking down to customers here. The place is stocked with glamorous yet… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, West
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Tess & Carlos

Newton Centre

Feeling in need of a foreign fling? Come dally among the handsome imports at Newton’s Tess & Carlos—at 4,000 square feet, the biggest and most temptation-filled of the retailer’s three stores. Co-owner Tess Enright has a gift for sifting Euro… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Tess & Carlos

Newton Center

Tess Enright knows what she likes—and, more to the point, what she does not. The sartorial littérateur has no interest in words like “trendy” or “hip,” instead preferring ones like “seasonless,” “ageless,” and “assured.” Her stores are filled with pieces… read more»

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

Chloé dresses and Balenciaga bags are just two style-savvy suburbanite mainstays found on the racks at Gretta Luxe. Owner Gretchen Monahan travels to New York, Paris, and Milan to bring home exclusive high-fashion apparel and recently debuted a line of… read more»

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

Since cutting-edge came to Wellesley in the form of Gretta Luxe, suburbanites are more chic than ever. The boutique boasts straight-off-the-runway couture by style icons such as Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, and Miu Miu. The season’s must-have bags,… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Grettaluxe

Wellesley

This petite boutique is on the cutting edge, with designs from Michael Kors and DSquared2 to Miu Miu and Chloé, all lovingly handpicked at the Milan, Paris, and New York showrooms by trendsetting owner Gretchen Monahan. The accessories, those holy… read more»

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

According to stereotype, women are supposed to run into the city for a dose of cutting-edge chic. Gretta Luxe has successfully reversed the paradigm: Since it opened four years ago, it’s had city fashion aficionados happily schlepping out to Wellesley… read more»

2002 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

Even back when preppy-populated Wellesley thought Prada was a museum in Madrid, Gretta Luxe owner Gretchen Monahan was stocking her streamlined downtown boutique with names like Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. Once her fever spread, it spread fast, and now… read more»