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2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

Wish

Boston

Call it Wish fulfillment: When the occasion calls for cocktail attire, this shop has the answers. Wish stocks Shoshanna seersucker A-line dresses, Tibi strapless threads, flirty Rebecca Taylor frocks, and Milly minis, plus an exquisite selection of accessories, including clutches,… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Holiday

Boston

How fitting that the name of this jewel-box boutique brings to mind something you anticipate all year. A trip to Holiday indeed offers exciting treats: ruffled skirts, satin skirts, and buttery knits from top designers such as Tracy Reese and… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Cape Cod

Silk & Feathers

Provincetown

As if P-Town wasn’t otherworldly enough, along comes Silk & Feathers, where between the lacy, sequined Rozae Nichols dresses and the handcrafted shoes, you might as well be shopping in Santa Monica or SoHo. Just try to resist the supple… 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, Party Dresses

Serenella

Boston

Serenella’s racks are to Boston shoppers what the sirens were to Odysseus: pure, unadultered temptation. Maybe it’s the thoughtfully edited assembly of Pucci brights, quivering with delicious swirls of aqua, canary yellow, and bubblegum pink. Or it could be the… read more»