Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, South
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Crossing Main

Hingham

Once a land overrun with whale belts, Hingham is casting off its preppy past. Leading the charge is Crossing Main, a fashion-forward boutique that sells sophisticated clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handbags. On hand are frilly Tracy Reese dresses, bright hibiscus-print… read more »

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated
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Louis Boston

Boston

Louis has long clothed our city’s who’s who in sometimes elegant, sometimes edgy apparel—Balenciaga and Zac Posen, Project Alabama and Proenza Schouler. Plus, the überchic staff isn’t übersnooty, offering honest opinions without leaving you feeling obligated to buy. That’s something… read more »

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses
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Daniela Corte Fashion

Boston

Showed up to last night’s event in the same thing as someone else—again? It’s time to get to know Daniela Corte. The tiny Argentinian bombshell custom designs clothing for all occasions, from casual dinner parties to red carpet galas. Party… read more »

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, T-Shirts
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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 »

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

Since cutting-edge came to Wellesley in the form of Gretta Luxe, suburbanites are more chic than ever. The boutique boasts straight-off-the-runway couture by style icons such as Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, and Miu Miu. The season’s must-have bags,… read more »

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Berkshires

Gatsbys

Great Barrington

Don’t be fooled by the faded shabby-chic exterior: Beyond the white wicker sidewalk furniture is a shop stylish enough for any city’s streets. Buyer Pamela Fink stocks Gatsbys with premium products including Paper, Denim & Cloth and True Religion denim;… read more »

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Stil

Boston

Because we never want to show up to the party wearing the exact same outfit as someone else. Because owner Betty Riaz works hard to stock her ultramodern shop with designs we’d otherwise never see (unless we traveled to Copenhagen… read more »

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

The carefully edited collections draw us in, but it’s the velvet-rope factor that keeps us coming back: As the exclusive area retailer of such high-end treasures as Bottega Veneta bags, Narciso Rodriguez frocks, and Lucien Pellat-Finet and Versace premium wares,… read more »

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

Wish

Boston

Half the fun of a party is planning what to wear. That’s why we shop at Wish. The Beacon Hill boutique carries bright Diane von Frustenberg wraps, girly Nanette Lepore A-lines, and delicate Helen Wang strapless dresses—all ideal for an… read more »

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Cape Cod

Maxwell & Co.

Falmouth

Surprise—not everyone on Cape Cod covets pressed khakis and leather loafers. Step out of conservative Falmouth and into Maxwell & Co. to find cutting-edge American and European looks by Strenesse, Etro, and Twilltwentytwo. Teens and grandmothers alike are sure to… read more »