Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

2016 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Akris

Boston

This Swiss fashion house does many things well, but it’s the ultra-contemporary everyday women’s wear that really shines, pushing boundaries with funky patterns and unusual details (think brightly colored tulip-field prints and daring clusters of cutouts). The streamlined trench coats,… read more»

2015 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Viola Lovely

Boston

Have just 30 minutes to assemble a head-to-toe weekend outfit? Here’s help. Lisa Cancelli Picard’s South End boutique—the first city outlet of her North Shore chainlet—is a one-stop coffer of casually edgy tees, blouses, jump suits, shoes, and jewelry from… read more»

2014 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Dress

Boston

The swish crowd shed tears when Dress bid adieu to Newbury Street in May 2012. Thankfully, owners Martha Pickett and Jane Schlueter reopened their girly-cool boutique on Beacon Hill last August, and in addition to stocking the designers that defined… read more»

2013 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Vira

Boston

Radhika Rana and Vivek Patel’s year-and-a-half-old Beacon Hill shop is a breath of fresh air on a sometimes-stagnant retail scene. The Fashion Institute of Technology-trained duo eschew safe, seen-it-everywhere brands in favor of global and emerging designers like Elliatt, Kami,… read more»

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Mint Julep

Brookline

We feel pretty—and fizzy and funny and fine—every time we enter Brooke Garber and Stephanie Nist’s boutiques. They stock the fete-ready dresses we’ve come to expect, plus pieces from favorite brands like Yumi Kim, Myne, and Milly that inject style… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

The Tannery

Cambridge

Thanks to buyer Brittney Rothweiler’s eye for sophisticated yet street-inspired clothing, the Tannery comes off like something you’d stumble upon amid Milan’s fashion-filled back alleys. Pieces like J Brand wax-coated cigarette jeans and Shipley & Halmos cargo jumpers provide the… read more»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Stel’s

Boston

With worthy new openings like Flock, Uncle Pete’s, and Suneri, this category is getting crowded. But Stel’s owners Tina Burgos, Dave Nauyokas, and Jon Callahan keep packing their Newbury digs with an independent-minded collection that’s fashion-forward without being too trendy…. read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Stel’s

Boston

In a highly competitive retail environment, Stel’s refuses to play it safe. Instead, it cultivates an always cutting-edge cast of emerging and indie designers (most of them found only here): Alexander Wang, Rachel Comey, Society for Rational Dress. The spot-on… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Dress

Boston

Blessed with great taste and strong buying instincts, co-owners Martha Hilfinger and Jane Schlueter have stocked their airy 900-square-foot Back Bay boutique with work-to-play separates and delicious dresses from modern favorites (3.1 Phillip Lim, Vena Cava, Vanessa Bruno) and exclusive… read more»

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Stil

Boston

Because we never want to show up to the party wearing the exact same outfit as someone else. Because owner Betty Riaz works hard to stock her ultramodern shop with designs we’d otherwise never see (unless we traveled to Copenhagen… read more»