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BEST Women's Clothing

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, 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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »