Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2009 BEST Women's Clothing, Upscale
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Serenella

Boston

As department stores and other competitors were busy freaking out over the downturn—buying less, discounting mor—Serenella owner Leslee Shupe Korff made some minor but pointed adjustments. These days, even as her Newbury boutique shows $1,000 Cavalli dresses and $600 Alexandra… read more »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories, North
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Viola

South Hamilton

Who isn’t a sucker for greatest-hits collections? With all of the must-haves and none of the duds, Viola comes on like a Time Life champ. The spacious boutique in the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing (recently joined by a sibling store… read more »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

We’re calling time: The Complete Jane Austen is off the air—even the reruns, sniff!—so let’s all quit swooning over empire waists and velvet pelisses, and remember how much appeal, and how few petticoats, modern-day garments have. A trip to the… read more »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories, South
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Crossing Main for Shoes

Hingham

Opened last fall, the Crossing Main spinoff has been drawing local style fiends with the kind of high they formerly got in Boston: killer heels by big names. Look beyond the shelves of neatly displayed Nanette Lepore peep-toes and Loeffler… 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 »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories
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Barneys New York

Boston

Take it off, you say? We say piling it on can be much sexier. In addition to its sweat-inducing shoe and handbag departments, the bilevel Copley Place location packs in a blindingly comprehensive range of shades by Lanvin and Oliver… 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 »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, West
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Tess & Carlos

Newton Centre

Feeling in need of a foreign fling? Come dally among the handsome imports at Newton’s Tess & Carlos—at 4,000 square feet, the biggest and most temptation-filled of the retailer’s three stores. Co-owner Tess Enright has a gift for sifting Euro… read more »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses
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Stil

Chestnut Hill

If anyone knows fun—having it, looking it—it’s Stil owner Betty Riaz. And so it goes at her mini chain, which deals in champagne toast-worthy frocks from Ports 1961, Noir, By Malene Birger, Camilla Staerk, and other designers not seen elsewhere… read more »

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, North
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The Studio

Newburyport

Three questions we’ve been asking ourselves this year: Is it easy on the environment? Can I get good mileage from it? Does it go with my new Michael Kors espadrilles? At the Studio, a North Shore trendsetter with a pronounced… read more »