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BEST Women's Clothing

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, Dressy
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Louis Boston

Boston

When Debi Greenberg moved Louis from the Back Bay to Fan Pier, skeptics said her chic clientele wouldn’t follow. They did. They come for blazers, sleek bags, and statement jewelry from Marni, Proenza Schouler, and Balenciaga, but also to discover… read more»

2012 BEST Women's Clothing, Fitness

Lululemon Athletica

Boston

There’s more to women’s fitness than sun salutations, and this yoga powerhouse’s new Newbury Street store excels in outfitting workout junkies of all sorts. Cyclists, tennis aces, and kickboxers alike will find something to love among the colorful tanks, jackets,… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, One-Stop Shopping

Wish and Moxie

Boston

Admittedly, we’re taking some liberties by calling two separate stores a one-stop shop. But if you’re trying to put together an inspired head-to-toe ensemble, these side-by-side boutiques on Beacon Hill are a match made in retail heaven. Wish is stocked… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

AllSaints

Boston

A flashy sequined mini to the right, a classic ruffled black gown to the left: British import AllSaints carries frocks for all festive occasions. Don’t be surprised to see society types shopping for black-tie soirees alongside scenesters snagging nightclub attire. read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

Serenella may have turned 30 last year, but it’s hardly showing its age. The Newbury standby continues to display a sure hand in plucking the most-up-to-the-minute designs from venerable names like Versace, as well as from recently minted stars (Tomas… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing

Dresscode

Andover

With a résumé that includes stints at Louis and Serenella, Dresscode owner Amy Finegold has made the fashion rounds—and it shows. Renowned designers mingle with cult favorites like Chan Luu and Three Dots on the shelves of this boutique, which… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

The Tannery

Cambridge

Thanks to buyer Brittney Rothweiler’s eye for sophisticated yet street-inspired clothing, the Tannery comes off like something you’d stumble upon amid Milan’s fashion-filled back alleys. Pieces like J Brand wax-coated cigarette jeans and Shipley & Halmos cargo jumpers provide the… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Bessie Blue

Belmont

There’s no shortage of painfully chic, designer-heavy boutiques in the western ‘burbs. But this four-year-old spot manages to be both artfully fashionable and charmingly approachable—no sizing up or talking down to customers here. The place is stocked with glamorous yet… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, Boutique
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Gypsy

Nantucket

The perfect excuse to ‘forget’ to pack enough clothing for your island getaway, Gypsy is fully stocked with big names like Céline, Isabel Marant, and Rick Owens. And if your current vacation plans don’t require a $2,500 Lanvin cocktail dress,… read more»

2011 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

The queen bee of the South Shore sartorial scene still reigns supreme, with a covetable selection of designer threads (Tracy Reese, Joie, Tory Burch). But we usually head straight for the shoe section, where we worship the latest offerings from… read more»