Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

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»

1997 BEST Women's Clothing, Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere Boston

Boston

In summer, it carries beautiful pastel twinsets; in winter, it’s rich, thick four-ply turtlenecks. Whatever the season, this is the place to stock up on all your cashmere items. In addition to the requisite sweaters by all the top designers,… read more»

1997 BEST Women's Clothing, Dresses

Divino

Boston

There is nothing like a good frock to get you through the day, and at Divino, the Versus line designed by Donatella Versace, has a range of short, sassy dresses for day and evening, as well as some very affordable… read more»

1997 BEST Women's Clothing, Silk Scarf

Jasmine-Sola

Boston

A big pair of sunglasses, a sporty red convertible, and a kicky, silky scar from Jasmine-Sola tied just so. Grace Kelly never had it so good. read more»

1997 BEST Women's Clothing, Ready-to-Wear

Louis Boston

Boston

Debi Greenberg and Beth Negron have revamped the top floor and stocked it with an eclectic range of labels that runs the gamut of trends from funky to cool classics. In the Betty room, young, cutting-edge designers at affordable prices… read more»

1997 BEST Women's Clothing, Suits

Akris

Boston

Looking for an uncontrived and versatile suit that works equally well at the office and after hours? The Swiss-based house of Akris, which recently opened, stocks some of the smartest two-piece suits in town. Designer Albert Kriemler’s obsession with form,… read more»

1995 BEST Women's Clothing, Career

Bloomingdale’s

Whether your career calls for Armani suits or just well-cut khakis, Bloomie’s can outfit you in style. Special kudos to James Palazza, in Place Elegante, many well-dressed women’s secret weapon: he can find you the best suit, at the best… read more»