Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2000 BEST Women's Clothing, Gala Wear

Serenella

Boston

The glamorous stock includes beaded numbers from Roberto Cavalli and Pucci, ethereal silk chiffon slips from Anna Molinari, and hand-dyed frocks from Georgina von Etzdorf. Don’t miss the cashmere: sweaters, cardigans to go with the frocks and skirts, tank tops,… read more »

2000 BEST Women's Clothing, Ladies Who Lunch

Akris

Boston

The praise doesn’t get any higher: The late Liz Tilberis, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, once commented at a charity event in Boston on how elegant the women looked in their Akris suits. The suits are exquisitely crafted in… read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Frocks

Alan Bilzerian

Boston

It’s tough making an entrance, especially when the party season is in full swing. Young bohos in search of funky outfits are those into more serious chic might want to check out the gauzy, filmy numbers by designers whose names… read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Resale

The Turnabout Shoppe

Wellesley

High-end designer clothing and accessories, with labels from Jil Sander to Chanel. Clothing is in incredible condition—some items are only a season old. read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Suits

Akris

Boston

Forget the power suit of the eighties. These classic numbers are the choice for the well-groomed lunching lady as well as businesswoman who prefers simple, unadorned clothes in sleek, streamlined silhouettes and luxury fabrics. read more »

1999 BEST Women's Clothing, Tops

Serenella

Boston

From cropped cashmere sweaters by Lucien Pellat Finet, to beaded cardigans and tanks from designers like Anna Molinari, Blumarine, and Pucci, to great basics by Petit Bateau, this jewel-box boutique has something to top off every bottom. read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Evening Dresses

Emporio Armani

Boston

Emporio Armani, the “bridge” line for Giorgio Armani, brings you the Oscar Night look for a fraction of the price. For less than $400, which in party dress terms is considered reasonable, you can get slinky black gowns that cover… read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Hip

Barney’s New York

Chestnut Hill

Label queens and catwalk droolers are well sated at this mini specialty department store. The store stocks small, cutting-edge designers from France, Italy, London, and New York, as well as major labels like Prada and Dolce & Gabana, and the… read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Suits

Chanel Boutique

Boston

Some things in fashion never change: The label’s designer Karl Lagerfeld may push the boundaries of fashion, but his ready-to-wear collection is grounded int he classics. And fact is, these costly pieces have outlived all of the grungy, deconstructionist fads,… read more »

1998 BEST Women's Clothing, Career Wear

Tess

Cambridge

The store may be next to Urban Outfitter’s, but the sensibility is more uptown than downtown. For serious career women who eschew the trendy and transient, there’s a great selection of classic suits and dresses, shirts, and accessories from Italy…. read more »