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BEST Women's Clothing

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»

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»

2002 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Akris

Boston

If we had a sequin for every clothing company that claims to marry modern style with timelessness, we’d have ourselves a full-on Oscars dress. Enter Akris, which actually fulfills the promise. Season after season, this neat-as-a-pin Swiss boutique rolls out… read more»

2002 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

This pristine boutique is a museum of must-haves—except that nothing stays on the shelves for long. The sharp-eyed staff lays out a tempting guild of accessories (clean-lined Prada bags, funky Tocca totes) and outfits—just try walking away from the beautifully… read more»

2002 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

Even back when preppy-populated Wellesley thought Prada was a museum in Madrid, Gretta Luxe owner Gretchen Monahan was stocking her streamlined downtown boutique with names like Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. Once her fever spread, it spread fast, and now… read more»