Best of Boston

Best Clothing, Swimwear

2000 Best Clothing, Cutting-Edge

Alan Bilzerian

Believe it or not, there are some men and women in Boston who like edgy attire. Alan and Be Bilzerian have catered to the fashion [...] read more»
2000 Best Clothing, Sale

Neiman Marcus

Twice a year this ultra-high-end department store holds its "Last Call" sale. All those designer frocks and shoes you've been salivating over are slashed in [...] read more»
1999 Best Clothing, Men's and Women's Casual


The Queen of Seventh Avenue has expanded her empire to Newbury Street. The diffusion line from Donna Karan finally has a home of its own. [...] read more»
1999 Best Clothing, Men's and Women's High End

Louis Boston

Murray Pearlstein established what is nationally and internationally regarded as the ne plus ultra of fashion speciality stores. Now his daughter, Debra Pearlstein Greenberg, is [...] read more»
1999 Best Clothing, Swimwear

Canyon Beachwear

There's something disconcerting about trying on swimsuits in badly lighted dressing rooms that seem to highlight every wrinkled lump on your legs. Canyon Beachwear feels [...] read more»
1998 Best Clothing, Streetwear

Blades Board & Skate

This is legit streetwear— not designer clothing posing as the original. Surfwear labels like Billabong, QuickSilver, Vans, and DC are the labels of choice. Accessories [...] read more»
1997 Best Clothing, All-Around

Emporio Armani

For one-stop shopping with or without your significant other, Emporio Armani can dress you from head to toe, including accessories. From jeans to beaded gowns [...] read more»
1997 Best Clothing, Streetwear

Urban Outfitters

Parents might not approve, but for the young at heart, Urban Outfitters in Back Bay and in Cambridge stock an everchanging selection of cooler-than-thou, street-credible [...] read more»
1996 Best Clothing, Travel


This modest atelier (pronounced Oh-coo) off Newbury Street belies the small but elegantly seamed and styled collection of clothing inside. Irene Kerzner fashions smartly tailored [...] read more»
1995 Best Clothing, Casual Wear

J.O.E. at Joseph Abboud

Great style in casual wear—sweaters, shirts, slacks—at a price that doesn't require a second mortgage. read more»
1995 Best Clothing, Haute Couture (Bargain)

Filene’s Basement

Okay, so it's hardly news, but we still get a charge when we can score a pair of Ferragamo sandals for $50 and a triply [...] read more»
1994 Best Clothing, Adolescent Boys' Suits

Lebow Clothing for Men and Boys

When the occasion calls for more than a heavy-metal T-shirt and a pair of jeans, this is the place to go. Special-order fabrics and colors [...] read more»
1994 Best Clothing, Adolescent Girls' Special Occasion Dresses


For girls in that awkward transition between tomboy and Drew Barrymore, Metamorphosis provides the appropriate chrysalis. Sales staffers earn kudos for their sensitivity to the [...] read more»
1994 Best Clothing, Career Clothes


Chestnut Hill
A tough call, but a survey of well-dressed local career women said they liked the range of prices—from moderate to Armani—the stylish merchandise, the well-stocked [...] read more»
1994 Best Clothing, After 5 Clothes

Neiman Marcus

From slinky little slip dresses at moderate prices to outrageously extravagant—and expensive—couture gowns with French pedigrees, Neiman's solves the problem of nothing to wear. The [...] read more»