Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Stel’s

Boston

In a highly competitive retail environment, Stel’s refuses to play it safe. Instead, it cultivates an always cutting-edge cast of emerging and indie designers (most of them found only here): Alexander Wang, Rachel Comey, Society for Rational Dress. The spot-on… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Accessories
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Barneys New York

Boston

Take it off, you say? We say piling it on can be much sexier. In addition to its sweat-inducing shoe and handbag departments, the bilevel Copley Place location packs in a blindingly comprehensive range of shades by Lanvin and Oliver… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated
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Serenella

Boston

Owner Leslee Shupe Korff believes in reviving the lost art of feminine dressing—tailored skirt, statement coat, and well-paired heels (always heels)—and her immaculately edited shop follows suit. The best looks from upscale labels like Narciso Rodriguez, Versace, and Bottega Veneta… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, West
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Tess & Carlos

Newton Centre

Feeling in need of a foreign fling? Come dally among the handsome imports at Newton’s Tess & Carlos—at 4,000 square feet, the biggest and most temptation-filled of the retailer’s three stores. Co-owner Tess Enright has a gift for sifting Euro… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses
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Stil

Chestnut Hill

If anyone knows fun—having it, looking it—it’s Stil owner Betty Riaz. And so it goes at her mini chain, which deals in champagne toast-worthy frocks from Ports 1961, Noir, By Malene Birger, Camilla Staerk, and other designers not seen elsewhere… read more»

2008 BEST Women's Clothing, North
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The Studio

Newburyport

Three questions we’ve been asking ourselves this year: Is it easy on the environment? Can I get good mileage from it? Does it go with my new Michael Kors espadrilles? At the Studio, a North Shore trendsetter with a pronounced… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual

Dress

Boston

Blessed with great taste and strong buying instincts, co-owners Martha Hilfinger and Jane Schlueter have stocked their airy 900-square-foot Back Bay boutique with work-to-play separates and delicious dresses from modern favorites (3.1 Phillip Lim, Vena Cava, Vanessa Bruno) and exclusive… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, North

Dresscode

Andover

Amy Finegold mixes discoveries from beginning designers and timeless pieces by classic labels to create an appealing metropolitan sensibility for her three-year-old North Shore boutique. From casualwear to party finery, Dresscode covers the bases with the likes of Ella Moss,… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Dressy

Marc Jacobs

Boston

When the store was robbed late last year, staffers sprinted down Newbury in dogged pursuit—these are people who take their fashion very seriously. Though the retailer deals solely in its namesake designer—and some seasons will inevitably outshine others—it’s general manager… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

This Best of Boston hall-of-famer continues to preside with authority over South Shore style, offering a citified mix of party dresses and casual daywear from girly favorites Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, and Vera Wang Lavender. Upcoming spin-off Crossing Main for… read more»