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BEST Women's Clothing

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 »

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

Serenella

Boston

Not since Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker’s first date has understated elegance sat so close to attention-grabbing glamour. The frocks at Serenella—meticulously cut, pressed, and hung—are a whirlwind of sophisticated designs. Start with the impressive collection of European imports:… read more »

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Wish

Boston

You’ll wish you had more occasions to wear girlie dresses after you visit this starry-eyed Beacon Hill boutique. The small space is filled to the brim with trendy threads and accessories, but the collection of flirty dresses, skirts, and petal-soft… read more »

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, North

Isla

Beverly Farms

Isla (Spanish for “island,” for you monoglots) is no misnomer. This tranquil enclave of adorable designer pieces and accessories is smack in the middle of the North Shore’s predominantly fusty fashion offerings. And who wouldn’t want to be stranded with… read more »

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Tess & Carlos

Cambridge

No doubt the chic Cambridge salespeople at this refined boutique blanch a little every time they have to tell a prospective customer, “We’re just down the street from Urban Outfitters.” But it’s hard to feel sorry for them—they work among… read more »

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

An enclave of high-wattage style in a region otherwise devoted to Talbots, Crossing Main covers all the bases. Racks of Tolonen tulle-covered miniskirts and Tracy Reese paisley tops do double duty as both edgy and pretty, Kay Unger and Laundry… read more »

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

According to stereotype, women are supposed to run into the city for a dose of cutting-edge chic. Gretta Luxe has successfully reversed the paradigm: Since it opened four years ago, it’s had city fashion aficionados happily schlepping out to Wellesley… read more »

2002 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Wish

Boston

Anyone who’s spent hours frantically searching for the perfect outfit for a class reunion knows how hard it can be to strike the balance between trendy and sophisticated. This precious Charles Street boutique does so with style, stocking a mix… read more »