Best of Boston

BEST Women's Clothing

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Tess & Carlos

Newton Center

Tess Enright knows what she likes—and, more to the point, what she does not. The sartorial littérateur has no interest in words like “trendy” or “hip,” instead preferring ones like “seasonless,” “ageless,” and “assured.” Her stores are filled with pieces… read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses


Chestnut Hill

The assemblage of risk-taking pieces by Noir, Britt Sisseck, By Malene Birger, and other read more»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, North



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, Casual



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, South

Crossing Main


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»

2007 BEST Women's Clothing, Dressy

Marc Jacobs


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»

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, Martha's Vineyard



Chin up, island girl: Overcast days needn’t be such downers. The breezy Chica, a mother-and-daughter shop next door to L’étoile, sells enough “where did you get that?” gear to lift any shopaholic’s spirits. Here, folksy boho-chic reigns in the form… read more»

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, North



Amy Finegold knew the suburbs had style before anyone else did—she brought it there. Her two-year-old Andover shop is filled with up-and-coming designers and old favorites such as Filippa K, Charlotte Tarantola, Ted Baker London, Vince, and Ella Moss. Fashions… read more»

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main


Once a land overrun with whale belts, Hingham is casting off its preppy past. Leading the charge is Crossing Main, a fashion-forward boutique that sells sophisticated clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handbags. On hand are frilly Tracy Reese dresses, bright hibiscus-print… read more»

2006 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Louis Boston


Louis has long clothed our city’s who’s who in sometimes elegant, sometimes edgy apparel—Balenciaga and Zac Posen, Project Alabama and Proenza Schouler. Plus, the überchic staff isn’t übersnooty, offering honest opinions without leaving you feeling obligated to buy. That’s something… read more»