Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Boutique
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Louis Boston

Boston

The Northern Avenue store is half the size of the old Newbury digs, but it’s a far better representation of Debi Greenberg’s style vision. Eveningwear by Peter Pilotto, Roland Mouret, and Jason Wu doubles as art, though just as impressive… read more»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual
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Stel’s

Boston

With worthy new openings like Flock, Uncle Pete’s, and Suneri, this category is getting crowded. But Stel’s owners Tina Burgos, Dave Nauyokas, and Jon Callahan keep packing their Newbury digs with an independent-minded collection that’s fashion-forward without being too trendy…. read more»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated
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Serenella

Boston

Thirty years in, Serenella has blossomed under current owner Leslee Shupe, who works hard to keep her clients well appointed. Covetable pieces by Giambattista Valli, Narciso Rodriguez, Thakoon, and J. Mendel make one-up dressing a breeze, while labels like Genetic… read more»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Cocktail Dresses
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Gia Ventola

In a dressed-down economy, it’s tempting for shop owners to forgo fancy frocks. Gia Ventola, however, is an outlier, stocking a sophisticated assortment of pieces in all ranges of affordability, from $150 dresses by Wink to moderately priced Rolando Santana… read more»

2010 BEST Women's Clothing, Vintage
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The Haberdash Vintage

Worcester

When Amy Chase’s online selection of ’60s-era boots, sequin tops, fur-trimmed coats, and accessories grew too big for Etsy, Chase found herself trolling for vintage trailers. Now she stations her Bellwood camper at outdoor markets, festivals, and parking lots, and… read more»

2009 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses, Affordable

Bobbles & Lace

Boston

Just looking at the price tags will bring on a festive mood at this so-girly boutique, where silk and tulle confections by Esley, Aryn K., and Piko 1988 are grouped by color, and cost under $100. The picks are true… read more»

2009 BEST Women's Clothing, Upscale
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Serenella

Boston

As department stores and other competitors were busy freaking out over the downturn—buying less, discounting mor—Serenella owner Leslee Shupe Korff made some minor but pointed adjustments. These days, even as her Newbury boutique shows $1,000 Cavalli dresses and $600 Alexandra… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories, North
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Viola

South Hamilton

Who isn’t a sucker for greatest-hits collections? With all of the must-haves and none of the duds, Viola comes on like a Time Life champ. The spacious boutique in the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing (recently joined by a sibling store… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

We’re calling time: The Complete Jane Austen is off the air—even the reruns, sniff!—so let’s all quit swooning over empire waists and velvet pelisses, and remember how much appeal, and how few petticoats, modern-day garments have. A trip to the… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories, South
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Crossing Main for Shoes

Hingham

Opened last fall, the Crossing Main spinoff has been drawing local style fiends with the kind of high they formerly got in Boston: killer heels by big names. Look beyond the shelves of neatly displayed Nanette Lepore peep-toes and Loeffler… read more»