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BEST Women's Clothing, sophisticated

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

Serenella may have turned 30 last year, but it’s hardly showing its age. The Newbury standby continues to display a sure hand in plucking the most-up-to-the-minute designs from venerable names like Versace, as well as from recently minted stars (Tomas… read more »

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated
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Serenella

Boston

Thirty years in, Serenella has blossomed under current owner Leslee Shupe, who works hard to keep her clients well appointed. Covetable pieces by Giambattista Valli, Narciso Rodriguez, Thakoon, and J. Mendel make one-up dressing a breeze, while labels like Genetic… read more »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated
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Serenella

Boston

Owner Leslee Shupe Korff believes in reviving the lost art of feminine dressing—tailored skirt, statement coat, and well-paired heels (always heels)—and her immaculately edited shop follows suit. The best looks from upscale labels like Narciso Rodriguez, Versace, and Bottega Veneta… read more »

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

The carefully edited collections draw us in, but it’s the velvet-rope factor that keeps us coming back: As the exclusive area retailer of such high-end treasures as Bottega Veneta bags, Narciso Rodriguez frocks, and Lucien Pellat-Finet and Versace premium wares,… read more »

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

No one knows how to dress a woman with more sophistication than the Italians. That’s why this Newbury Street boutique, which stocks the best of Italy’s labels from Moschino to Blumarine, is the first stop for women who want to… read more »

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Tess & Carlos

Cambridge

No doubt the chic Cambridge salespeople at this refined boutique blanch a little every time they have to tell a prospective customer, “We’re just down the street from Urban Outfitters.” But it’s hard to feel sorry for them—they work among… read more »

2002 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Akris

Boston

If we had a sequin for every clothing company that claims to marry modern style with timelessness, we’d have ourselves a full-on Oscars dress. Enter Akris, which actually fulfills the promise. Season after season, this neat-as-a-pin Swiss boutique rolls out… read more »

2001 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

Whether the occasion is a charity ball, garden party, or black-tie wedding, you’ll always find the right frock here. Fashions from all the “it” designers are represented, including Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Pucci, Anna Molinari, and a few others right on… read more »