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BEST Women's Clothing

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, North

Dresscode

Andover

Amy Finegold mixes discoveries from beginning designers and timeless pieces by classic labels to create an appealing metropolitan sensibility for her three-year-old North Shore boutique. From casualwear to party finery, Dresscode covers the bases with the likes of Ella Moss,… read more »

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Dress

Boston

Blessed with great taste and strong buying instincts, co-owners Martha Hilfinger and Jane Schlueter have stocked their airy 900-square-foot Back Bay boutique with work-to-play separates and delicious dresses from modern favorites (3.1 Phillip Lim, Vena Cava, Vanessa Bruno) and exclusive… read more »

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

This Best of Boston hall-of-famer continues to preside with authority over South Shore style, offering a citified mix of party dresses and casual daywear from girly favorites Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, and Vera Wang Lavender. Upcoming spin-off Crossing Main for… read more »

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Dressy

Marc Jacobs

Boston

When the store was robbed late last year, staffers sprinted down Newbury in dogged pursuit—these are people who take their fashion very seriously. Though the retailer deals solely in its namesake designer—and some seasons will inevitably outshine others—it’s general manager… read more »

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Tess & Carlos

Newton Center

Tess Enright knows what she likes—and, more to the point, what she does not. The sartorial littérateur has no interest in words like “trendy” or “hip,” instead preferring ones like “seasonless,” “ageless,” and “assured.” Her stores are filled with pieces… read more »

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses
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Stil

Chestnut Hill

The assemblage of risk-taking pieces by Noir, Britt Sisseck, By Malene Birger, and other read more »

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, T-Shirts
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dress

Boston

Dress’s select stock of achingly soft T-shirts by brands like T-Luxury and Oprah favorite Adam + Eve make special occasions out of dressing down. read more »

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Parlor

Boston

Yes, we know: We look cute today. We looked cute yesterday, too. But really, we can’t take all the credit. We had help from best-friend team Kelly DiNisco and Nilda Martin, who stock pleasingly anti-prep clothes and accessories out of… read more »

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

Chloé dresses and Balenciaga bags are just two style-savvy suburbanite mainstays found on the racks at Gretta Luxe. Owner Gretchen Monahan travels to New York, Paris, and Milan to bring home exclusive high-fashion apparel and recently debuted a line of… read more »

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, Martha's Vineyard

Chica

Edgartown

Chin up, island girl: Overcast days needn’t be such downers. The breezy Chica, a mother-and-daughter shop next door to L’étoile, sells enough “where did you get that?” gear to lift any shopaholic’s spirits. Here, folksy boho-chic reigns in the form… read more »