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BEST Women's Clothing

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated



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

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


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

The Studio


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»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories, North


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


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»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, North



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



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


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


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»