Best of Boston

BEST Clothing

2017 BEST Clothing, Swimwear

Lord & Taylor


If the idea of swimwear shopping conjures feelings usually reserved for the dentist’s office, fret not: Lord & Taylor’s selection should soothe even the most reluctant buyer. Make a beeline for the first floor, where you’ll find Trina Turk bikinis… read more»

2016 BEST Clothing, Swimwear

Everything But Water


In a region with four distinct seasons, it can be near impossible to find a retailer that stocks bathing suits year round. Rather than resign yourself to hit-or-miss online shopping for that midwinter trip to warmer climes, head west to… read more»

2008 BEST Clothing, Teen


Chestnut Hill

The store’s Y.E.S. department gets an A for its peppy shop-to-the-beat soundtrack and expansive layout (almost an entire floor), and an A-plus for its up-to-the-minute offerings of denim and sportswear. Chock-full of the latest from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tibi,… read more»

2007 BEST Clothing, Coats



At Stel’s, an edgy, unexpected collection of statement coats for men and women from Reyes, A.P.C, and Gary Graham makes winter something we can actually look forward to. read more»

2007 BEST Clothing, Winter Gear

Joe Jones Wilderness House


Take two snowboard enthusiasts, one a black-diamond shredder, the other a bunny-slope first-timer. Drop them off at Joe Jones and check back in an hour. Odds are, they’ll both have found precisely what they were looking for. This place has… read more»

2006 BEST Clothing, One-Stop Shopping

Barneys New York


You have nothing to wear to the Best of Boston party, which is tomorrow. Hustle your Manolos over to Copley’s new superstore, where clothing designers both ultrafamous (Marc Jacobs) and ascendant (Jovovich-Hawk) merge with bags, jewelry, and 3,700 square feet… read more»

2006 BEST Clothing, Winter Gear

Ski Market


Year after year, we find new winter gear we can’t live without. So year after year, we revisit Ski Market. The store caters to everyone from bunny slopers to the black-diamond crowd with snowboards, snowshoes, and skis from A-list manufacturers… read more»

2005 BEST Clothing, One-Stop Shopping

Louis Boston


Louis’s unparalleled offering of women’s designs by fashion darlings including Marni, Tuleh, and Zac Posen—not to mention a formidable men’s collection with everything from Brioni to Trovata—makes it a legendary local house of style. The revitalized first floor now includes… read more»

2003 BEST Clothing, One-Stop Shopping

Louis Boston


You know who you are—your entire wardrobe is made up of this-season separates (or you wish it were). In either case, you already know about Louis Boston, the big daddy of Boston clothing emporia and a perennial favorite in the… read more»

2002 BEST Clothing, One-Stop

Louis Boston


Louis Boston is fast becoming the Tom Hanks of one-stop shopping. In a category with increasingly stiff competition, Louis returns year after year to win the prize, thanks to its superior selection, variety, and (okay, occasionally snooty) service. Where else… read more»