Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

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 »

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 »

2001 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

This small boutique proves that bigger isn’t always better. Its meticulously culled collection of women’s wear is a perfect mix of contemporary and traditional. Even the classics have a modern twist. There’s also a good selection of toile pants, exquisite… read more »

2001 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe

Wellesley

Time was when Wellesley only meant straight and preppy. Well, no longer—thanks in no small part to this new boutique. Gretta Luxe carries an eclectic mix of international designers, from the clean, modern likes of Samsonite and Strenesse to more… read more »

2001 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

Whether the occasion is a charity ball, garden party, or black-tie wedding, you’ll always find the right frock here. Fashions from all the “it” designers are represented, including Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Pucci, Anna Molinari, and a few others right on… read more »

2001 BEST Women's Clothing, Trendy

Intermix

Boston

With labels such as Chloé, Daryl K, and Catherine Malandrino, Intermix makes it as simple as a Diane von Frustenberg wrap dress to find those so-in-they’re-almost-out-styles. There’s also a wide selection of jewelry, handbags, shoes, and accessories. read more »

2000 BEST Women's Clothing, 50 and Loving It

Gilda’s

Newton

Newton has come a long way in the past five years with the addition of several high-end specialty clothing boutiques. Gilda’s, however, was there before any of them—educating and dressing the Newton ladies for a quarter of a century. For… read more »

2000 BEST Women's Clothing, 25 and Loving It

Calypso

Boston

Calypso’s colorful yet put-together offerings prove once and for all that there is life after gray. Renowned for its clothing and accessories in luxurious fabrics and hues of amethyst, saffron, tourmaline, and fuschia, the bohemian, hippy-chic styling of this shop… read more »