Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Boutique
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Gypsy

Nantucket

The perfect excuse to ‘forget’ to pack enough clothing for your island getaway, Gypsy is fully stocked with big names like Céline, Isabel Marant, and Rick Owens. And if your current vacation plans don’t require a $2,500 Lanvin cocktail dress,… 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»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

The queen bee of the South Shore sartorial scene still reigns supreme, with a covetable selection of designer threads (Tracy Reese, Joie, Tory Burch). But we usually head straight for the shoe section, where we worship the latest offerings from… 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»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Vintage
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The Haberdash Vintage

Worcester

When Amy Chase’s online selection of ’60s-era boots, sequin tops, fur-trimmed coats, and accessories grew too big for Etsy, Chase found herself trolling for vintage trailers. Now she stations her Bellwood camper at outdoor markets, festivals, and parking lots, and… read more»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Boutique
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Louis Boston

Boston

The Northern Avenue store is half the size of the old Newbury digs, but it’s a far better representation of Debi Greenberg’s style vision. Eveningwear by Peter Pilotto, Roland Mouret, and Jason Wu doubles as art, though just as impressive… read more»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual
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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»

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»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Cocktail Dresses
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Gia Ventola

In a dressed-down economy, it’s tempting for shop owners to forgo fancy frocks. Gia Ventola, however, is an outlier, stocking a sophisticated assortment of pieces in all ranges of affordability, from $150 dresses by Wink to moderately priced Rolando Santana… read more»

2009 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses, Affordable

Bobbles & Lace

Boston

Just looking at the price tags will bring on a festive mood at this so-girly boutique, where silk and tulle confections by Esley, Aryn K., and Piko 1988 are grouped by color, and cost under $100. The picks are true… read more»