Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2000 BEST Women's Clothing, 50 and Loving It

Gilda’s

Newton

Newton has come a long way in the past five years with the addition of several high-end specialty clothing boutiques. Gilda’s, however, was there before any of them—educating and dressing the Newton ladies for a quarter of a century. For… read more »

2000 BEST Women's Clothing, 25 and Loving It

Calypso

Boston

Calypso’s colorful yet put-together offerings prove once and for all that there is life after gray. Renowned for its clothing and accessories in luxurious fabrics and hues of amethyst, saffron, tourmaline, and fuschia, the bohemian, hippy-chic styling of this shop… read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Frocks

Alan Bilzerian

Boston

It’s tough making an entrance, especially when the party season is in full swing. Young bohos in search of funky outfits are those into more serious chic might want to check out the gauzy, filmy numbers by designers whose names… read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Resale

The Turnabout Shoppe

Wellesley

High-end designer clothing and accessories, with labels from Jil Sander to Chanel. Clothing is in incredible condition—some items are only a season old. read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Suits

Akris

Boston

Forget the power suit of the eighties. These classic numbers are the choice for the well-groomed lunching lady as well as businesswoman who prefers simple, unadorned clothes in sleek, streamlined silhouettes and luxury fabrics. read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Tops

Serenella

Boston

From cropped cashmere sweaters by Lucien Pellat Finet, to beaded cardigans and tanks from designers like Anna Molinari, Blumarine, and Pucci, to great basics by Petit Bateau, this jewel-box boutique has something to top off every bottom. read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Coats

Akris

Boston

Luxurious double-faced cashmere, the basis of an Akris coat, keeps out the cold and looks great in the process. (A novel concept in fashion: practicality.) The coat collection here is all about fabric and tailoring, exquisite wraps for the consumer… read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Designer

Serenella

Boston

The boutique is a gold mine of designers-on-the-rise like Antonio Beradi and Lucien Pellat-Finet, as well as more established lines like Moschino Couture. For those who care about fashion, there’s an interesting fusion of labels and attitudes for all ages…. read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Evening Dresses

Emporio Armani

Boston

Emporio Armani, the “bridge” line for Giorgio Armani, brings you the Oscar Night look for a fraction of the price. For less than $400, which in party dress terms is considered reasonable, you can get slinky black gowns that cover… read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Hip

Barney’s New York

Chestnut Hill

Label queens and catwalk droolers are well sated at this mini specialty department store. The store stocks small, cutting-edge designers from France, Italy, London, and New York, as well as major labels like Prada and Dolce & Gabana, and the… read more »