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BEST Women's Clothing

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, Dressy
Photograph by Bob O'Connor

Louis Boston

Boston

When Debi Greenberg moved Louis from the Back Bay to Fan Pier, skeptics said her chic clientele wouldn’t follow. They did. They come for blazers, sleek bags, and statement jewelry from Marni, Proenza Schouler, and Balenciaga, but also to discover… read more»

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, Fitness

Lululemon Athletica

Boston

There’s more to women’s fitness than sun salutations, and this yoga powerhouse’s new Newbury Street store excels in outfitting workout junkies of all sorts. Cyclists, tennis aces, and kickboxers alike will find something to love among the colorful tanks, jackets,… read more»

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, North

French + Italian

Marblehead

Remember the linen sundress you scored at that small boutique down a side street in Milan? Aimee Lombardi fills her gorgeous Marblehead shop with precisely that kind of merchandise: dresses, bags, and necklaces by cosmopolitan designers that hail mostly from—you… read more»

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

Flirty dresses from Nanette Lepore. Gorgeous wedges from Tory Burch. Unique separates from Twin-Set. This chic Hingham boutique stocks the finest—and most versatile—selection of threads, shoes, and accessories in the area. 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»

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories

Flock

Boston

You know that cool aunt, the one who dabbles in ceramics and goes to music fests and has faded photos of herself with Jimi and Joni on the walls of her Topanga Canyon bungalow? Well, mother-and-daughter team Lisa and Danielle… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, One-Stop Shopping

Wish and Moxie

Boston

Admittedly, we’re taking some liberties by calling two separate stores a one-stop shop. But if you’re trying to put together an inspired head-to-toe ensemble, these side-by-side boutiques on Beacon Hill are a match made in retail heaven. Wish is stocked… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

AllSaints

Boston

A flashy sequined mini to the right, a classic ruffled black gown to the left: British import AllSaints carries frocks for all festive occasions. Don’t be surprised to see society types shopping for black-tie soirees alongside scenesters snagging nightclub attire. read more»

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»

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»