Best of Boston

2011 Best Women's Clothing, West

Bessie Blue

There’s no shortage of painfully chic, designer-heavy boutiques in the western ‘burbs. But this four-year-old spot manages to be both artfully fashionable and charmingly approachable—no sizing up or talking down to customers here. The place is stocked with glamorous yet fun apparel and accessories, and the stylish staffers, including owner Lee Gaston, are happy to help you translate the trends to complement your personal taste.

21 Leonard St., Belmont, 617-489-4900,