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BEST Women's Clothing

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated



No one knows how to dress a woman with more sophistication than the Italians. That’s why this Newbury Street boutique, which stocks the best of Italy’s labels from Moschino to Blumarine, is the first stop for women who want to… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Martha's Vineyard



So many Vineyard boutiques are packed to the rafters with preppy island wear (pink and green polos, Palm Beach-print sundresses galore), it can be hard to distinguish the bluebloods of old-school fashion from the wannabes. This tiny boutique stocks ribbon… read more»

2004 BEST Women's Clothing, Nantucket



Want proof that cobblestoned Nantucket is no longer just a quaint and quiet haven of whaling lore and preppies on vacation? Look no further than the designer-filled boutique Gypsy. Catherine Malandrino frocks, by turns sassy and sexy, hang next to… read more»

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses



Not since Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker’s first date has understated elegance sat so close to attention-grabbing glamour. The frocks at Serenella—meticulously cut, pressed, and hung—are a whirlwind of sophisticated designs. Start with the impressive collection of European imports:… read more»

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, Casual



You’ll wish you had more occasions to wear girlie dresses after you visit this starry-eyed Beacon Hill boutique. The small space is filled to the brim with trendy threads and accessories, but the collection of flirty dresses, skirts, and petal-soft… read more»

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, North


Beverly Farms

Isla (Spanish for “island,” for you monoglots) is no misnomer. This tranquil enclave of adorable designer pieces and accessories is smack in the middle of the North Shore’s predominantly fusty fashion offerings. And who wouldn’t want to be stranded with… read more»

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Tess & Carlos


No doubt the chic Cambridge salespeople at this refined boutique blanch a little every time they have to tell a prospective customer, “We’re just down the street from Urban Outfitters.” But it’s hard to feel sorry for them—they work among… read more»

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main


An enclave of high-wattage style in a region otherwise devoted to Talbots, Crossing Main covers all the bases. Racks of Tolonen tulle-covered miniskirts and Tracy Reese paisley tops do double duty as both edgy and pretty, Kay Unger and Laundry… read more»

2003 BEST Women's Clothing, West

Gretta Luxe


According to stereotype, women are supposed to run into the city for a dose of cutting-edge chic. Gretta Luxe has successfully reversed the paradigm: Since it opened four years ago, it’s had city fashion aficionados happily schlepping out to Wellesley… read more»

2002 BEST Women's Clothing, Party Dresses



Serenella’s racks are to Boston shoppers what the sirens were to Odysseus: pure, unadultered temptation. Maybe it’s the thoughtfully edited assembly of Pucci brights, quivering with delicious swirls of aqua, canary yellow, and bubblegum pink. Or it could be the… read more»