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2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Martha's Vineyard

Chica

Edgartown

For years, island style was defined by Lilly Pulitzer’s pastels and preppy products, and a woman was hard-pressed to find anything edgier. Today the tide is turning with Chica, a style-savvy clothing and accessories shop. The owners keep current by… read more»

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, Nantucket

Vis-à-vis

Nantucket

The fashion finds at this packed oceanside boutique come in waves. The shoe selection alone includes nearly 100 styles, from pink metallic clogs to sassy Michael Kors wedges. Then there are the cashmere wraps, Salt jeans, sexy blouses, and flirty… read more»

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, North

Dresscode

Andover

Andover has become a mini shopping mecca, and Dresscode is a big reason why. Owner Amy Finegold doesn’t try to do it all. Instead of stocking an overwhelming, impenetrable number of trendy wares—the easy out these days—she has a well-edited… read more»

2005 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Moth

Hingham

Break out your wallet, because every item in this quiet shop is a knockout. Racks of Chloé trousers share space with Catherine Malandrino flowing Grecian dresses. Intricate details play out on black Biya trenches embroidered with bright floral patterns and… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

No one knows how to dress a woman with more sophistication than the Italians. That’s why this Newbury Street boutique, which stocks the best of Italy’s labels from Moschino to Blumarine, is the first stop for women who want to… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Martha's Vineyard

Nell

Edgartown

So many Vineyard boutiques are packed to the rafters with preppy island wear (pink and green polos, Palm Beach-print sundresses galore), it can be hard to distinguish the bluebloods of old-school fashion from the wannabes. This tiny boutique stocks ribbon… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Nantucket

Gypsy

Nantucket

Want proof that cobblestoned Nantucket is no longer just a quaint and quiet haven of whaling lore and preppies on vacation? Look no further than the designer-filled boutique Gypsy. Catherine Malandrino frocks, by turns sassy and sexy, hang next to… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, North

Native Sun

Newburyport

You can shop yourself silly in this tourist-friendly town, but if you’re looking for something other than lobster-emblazoned boxers and lighthouse-studded T-shirts, stop here. Full of finds from Nanette Lepore, Juicy Couture, and Milly (to name a few), Native Sun… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Moth

Hingham

If it seems that women up and down the shore are looking more and more chic, credit ex-model Haven Tyler’s foray into designer retailing. Where else in the area can you find frilly Theory camisoles and sheer and shimmery Dubuc… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Grettaluxe

Wellesley

This petite boutique is on the cutting edge, with designs from Michael Kors and DSquared2 to Miu Miu and Chloé, all lovingly handpicked at the Milan, Paris, and New York showrooms by trendsetting owner Gretchen Monahan. The accessories, those holy… read more»