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BEST Women's Clothing

2016 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories

December Thieves

Boston

Jewelry designer and shop curator extraordinaire Lana Barakat scours the globe for the best eclectic indie designers and artisans so you don’t have to. Both her Beacon Hill storefront and its SoWa counterpart, Heist, are always brimming with one-of-a-kind stunners… read more»

2016 BEST Women's Clothing, Occasion
Photograph by Bob O'Connor

Serenella

Boston

Come gala season, socialites and fashionistas make this light, bright Newbury Street boutique their one-stop shop. That’s because owner Leslee Shupe scours fashion-week shows for distinctive dresses that you won’t see on anyone browsing the department stores: trendy crochet frocks… read more»

2016 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Akris

Boston

This Swiss fashion house does many things well, but it’s the ultra-contemporary everyday women’s wear that really shines, pushing boundaries with funky patterns and unusual details (think brightly colored tulip-field prints and daring clusters of cutouts). The streamlined trench coats,… read more»

2015 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories

Flock

Boston

Breezy and bohemian, this South End boutique stocks a creative collection of hairpieces and fringed cross-body bags. Look for jewelry set to star in the latest layering trends and sought-after Turkish kilim flats and bags by Boston’s Artemis Design Co…. read more»

2015 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Viola Lovely

Boston

Have just 30 minutes to assemble a head-to-toe weekend outfit? Here’s help. Lisa Cancelli Picard’s South End boutique—the first city outlet of her North Shore chainlet—is a one-stop coffer of casually edgy tees, blouses, jump suits, shoes, and jewelry from… read more»

2015 BEST Women's Clothing, Fine
Photograph by Jared Kuzia

Dew Luxe

South Boston

An Hermès scarf for $350? A Burberry trench for $500? This isn’t the end-of-season sale at Barneys, just the everyday deals found at Michaela Bavis’s twee luxury consignment shop in South Boston. The sleek repository of new and lightly used… read more»

2014 BEST Women's Clothing, Fine

Serenella

To say that owner Leslee Shupe is dialed into the European fashion scene is an understatement: She first heard about rising Italian star Marco de Vincenzo from her friend Silvia Fendi (yes, that Fendi). As expected, the neat racks of… read more»

2014 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories

Salmagundi

Jamaica Plain

This J.P. destination is stuffed to the brim with every style of chapeau imaginable, from cloches to porkpies (more than 12,000 in total)—plus funky purses, sunnies, belts, and vintage jewelry—all handpicked by husband-and-wife team Jessen Fitzpatrick and Andria Rapagnola. Hats… read more»

2014 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Dress

Boston

The swish crowd shed tears when Dress bid adieu to Newbury Street in May 2012. Thankfully, owners Martha Pickett and Jane Schlueter reopened their girly-cool boutique on Beacon Hill last August, and in addition to stocking the designers that defined… read more»

2013 BEST Women's Clothing, Dressy

Serenella

Boston

This gleaming, well-edited boutique resembles a fashionable friend’s ample closet—right down to the abundant personal attention. Approachable staffers make upscale wares from European and American heavyweights like Prabal Gurung, Bottega Veneta, Belstaff, and Rochas accessible (and color us obsessed with… read more»