Best Women's Clothing in Boston

2015 Best Women's Clothing, Accessories

Flock

Boston

Breezy and bohemian, this South End boutique stocks a creative collection of hairpieces and fringed cross-body bags. Look for jewelry set to star in the latest layering trends and sought-after…Read More

2015 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

Viola Lovely

Boston

Have just 30 minutes to assemble a head-to-toe weekend outfit? Here’s help. Lisa Cancelli Picard’s South End boutique—the first city outlet of her North Shore chainlet—is a one-stop coffer of…Read More

2015 Best Women's Clothing, Fine

Dew Luxe

South Boston

An Hermès scarf for $350? A Burberry trench for $500? This isn’t the end-of-season sale at Barneys, just the everyday deals found at Michaela Bavis’s twee luxury consignment shop in…Read More

2014 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

Dress

Boston

The swish crowd shed tears when Dress bid adieu to Newbury Street in May 2012. Thankfully, owners Martha Pickett and Jane Schlueter reopened their girly-cool boutique on Beacon Hill last…Read More

2014 Best Women's Clothing, Fine

Serenella

To say that owner Leslee Shupe is dialed into the European fashion scene is an understatement: She first heard about rising Italian star Marco de Vincenzo from her friend Silvia…Read More

2014 Best Women's Clothing, Accessories

Salmagundi

Jamaica Plain

This J.P. destination is stuffed to the brim with every style of chapeau imaginable, from cloches to porkpies (more than 12,000 in total)—plus funky purses, sunnies, belts, and vintage jewelry—all…Read More

2013 Best Women's Clothing

Mint Julep

Brookline

This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners…Read More

2013 Best Women's Clothing, Dressy

Serenella

Boston

This gleaming, well-edited boutique resembles a fashionable friend’s ample closet—right down to the abundant personal attention. Approachable staffers make upscale wares from European and American heavyweights like Prabal Gurung, Bottega…Read More

2013 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

Vira

Boston

Radhika Rana and Vivek Patel’s year-and-a-half-old Beacon Hill shop is a breath of fresh air on a sometimes-stagnant retail scene. The Fashion Institute of Technology-trained duo eschew safe, seen-it-everywhere brands…Read More

2013 Best Women's Clothing, Accessories

Flock

Boston

Need a wardrobe revamp, or just a few new ideas? Proceed promptly to Flock, where finding finishing touches has never been so easy. Between the shop’s eccentric shoe collection and…Read More

2013 Best Women's Clothing, South

Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs

Norwell

Women of all ages and lifestyles flock to Lyn Evans Potpourri Designs for the latest trends. The mix—Nicole Miller, Bailey 44, Sanctuary Clothing, and more—is varied and comprehensive enough that,…Read More

2013 Best Women's Clothing, North

Viola Lovely

Wenham

This boutique started as a small shoe shop but has since transformed itself into a go-to source for women’s clothing, stocking choice pieces from Yigal Azrouël, Nonoo, Golden Goose, and…Read More

2013 Best Women's Clothing, West

Clementine

Wellesley

This sweet shop is positively bursting with eclectic clothing and accessories from designers you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the area—Gary Graham frocks, Goldsign jeans, N.D.C. boots. Whether you’re…Read More

2012 Best Women's Clothing, Accessories

Flock

Boston

You know that cool aunt, the one who dabbles in ceramics and goes to music fests and has faded photos of herself with Jimi and Joni on the walls of…Read More

2012 Best Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

Flirty dresses from Nanette Lepore. Gorgeous wedges from Tory Burch. Unique separates from Twin-Set. This chic Hingham boutique stocks the finest—and most versatile—selection of threads, shoes, and accessories in the…Read More

2012 Best Women's Clothing, North

French + Italian

Marblehead

Remember the linen sundress you scored at that small boutique down a side street in Milan? Aimee Lombardi fills her gorgeous Marblehead shop with precisely that kind of merchandise: dresses,…Read More

2012 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

Mint Julep

Brookline

We feel pretty—and fizzy and funny and fine—every time we enter Brooke Garber and Stephanie Nist’s boutiques. They stock the fete-ready dresses we’ve come to expect, plus pieces from favorite…Read More

2012 Best Women's Clothing, Dressy

Louis Boston

Boston

When Debi Greenberg moved Louis from the Back Bay to Fan Pier, skeptics said her chic clientele wouldn’t follow. They did. They come for blazers, sleek bags, and statement jewelry…Read More

2012 Best Women's Clothing, Fitness

Lululemon Athletica

Boston

There’s more to women’s fitness than sun salutations, and this yoga powerhouse’s new Newbury Street store excels in outfitting workout junkies of all sorts. Cyclists, tennis aces, and kickboxers alike…Read More

2012 Best Women's Clothing, West

Clementine

Wellesley

It’s said that clementines are potent aphrodisiacs. Perhaps that explains why Judi Rizley’s shop has us under some sort of spell. Browsing the racks, we ooh and aah over designer…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing, West

Bessie Blue

Belmont

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…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

AllSaints

Boston

A flashy sequined mini to the right, a classic ruffled black gown to the left: British import AllSaints carries frocks for all festive occasions. Don’t be surprised to see society…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing

Dresscode

Andover

With a résumé that includes stints at Louis and Serenella, Dresscode owner Amy Finegold has made the fashion rounds—and it shows. Renowned designers mingle with cult favorites like Chan Luu…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

The queen bee of the South Shore sartorial scene still reigns supreme, with a covetable selection of designer threads (Tracy Reese, Joie, Tory Burch). But we usually head straight for…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

The Tannery

Cambridge

Thanks to buyer Brittney Rothweiler’s eye for sophisticated yet street-inspired clothing, the Tannery comes off like something you’d stumble upon amid Milan’s fashion-filled back alleys. Pieces like J Brand wax-coated…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing, Boutique

Gypsy

Nantucket

The perfect excuse to ‘forget’ to pack enough clothing for your island getaway, Gypsy is fully stocked with big names like Céline, Isabel Marant, and Rick Owens. And if your…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

Serenella may have turned 30 last year, but it’s hardly showing its age. The Newbury standby continues to display a sure hand in plucking the most-up-to-the-minute designs from venerable names…Read More

2011 Best Women's Clothing, One-Stop Shopping

Wish and Moxie

Boston

Admittedly, we’re taking some liberties by calling two separate stores a one-stop shop. But if you’re trying to put together an inspired head-to-toe ensemble, these side-by-side boutiques on Beacon Hill…Read More

2010 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

Stel’s

Boston

With worthy new openings like Flock, Uncle Pete’s, and Suneri, this category is getting crowded. But Stel’s owners Tina Burgos, Dave Nauyokas, and Jon Callahan keep packing their Newbury digs…Read More

2010 Best Women's Clothing, Vintage

The Haberdash Vintage

Worcester

When Amy Chase’s online selection of ’60s-era boots, sequin tops, fur-trimmed coats, and accessories grew too big for Etsy, Chase found herself trolling for vintage trailers. Now she stations her…Read More

2010 Best Women's Clothing, Casual

Stel’s

Boston

With worthy new openings like Flock, Uncle Pete’s, and Suneri, this category is getting crowded. But Stel’s owners Tina Burgos, Dave Nauyokas, and Jon Callahan keep packing their Newbury digs…Read More

2010 Best Women's Clothing, Cocktail Dresses

Gia Ventola

In a dressed-down economy, it’s tempting for shop owners to forgo fancy frocks. Gia Ventola, however, is an outlier, stocking a sophisticated assortment of pieces in all ranges of affordability,…Read More

2010 Best Women's Clothing, Boutique

Louis Boston

Boston

The Northern Avenue store is half the size of the old Newbury digs, but it’s a far better representation of Debi Greenberg’s style vision. Eveningwear by Peter Pilotto, Roland Mouret,…Read More

2010 Best Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Serenella

Boston

Thirty years in, Serenella has blossomed under current owner Leslee Shupe, who works hard to keep her clients well appointed. Covetable pieces by Giambattista Valli, Narciso Rodriguez, Thakoon, and J….Read More

2009 Best Women's Clothing, Party Dresses, Affordable

Bobbles & Lace

Boston

Just looking at the price tags will bring on a festive mood at this so-girly boutique, where silk and tulle confections by Esley, Aryn K., and Piko 1988 are grouped…Read More

2009 Best Women's Clothing, Upscale

Serenella

Boston

As department stores and other competitors were busy freaking out over the downturn—buying less, discounting mor—Serenella owner Leslee Shupe Korff made some minor but pointed adjustments. These days, even as…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

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…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, Accessories, North

Viola

South Hamilton

Who isn’t a sucker for greatest-hits collections? With all of the must-haves and none of the duds, Viola comes on like a Time Life champ. The spacious boutique in the…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, Accessories

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…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, West

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…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

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…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, Accessories, South

Crossing Main for Shoes

Hingham

Opened last fall, the Crossing Main spinoff has been drawing local style fiends with the kind of high they formerly got in Boston: killer heels by big names. Look beyond…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, North

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?…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, Sophisticated

Tess & Carlos

Cambridge

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…Read More

2008 Best Women's Clothing, South

Crossing Main

Hingham

We’re calling time: The Complete Jane Austen is off the air—even the reruns, sniff!—so let’s all quit swooning over empire waists and velvet pelisses, and remember how much appeal, and…Read More

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):…Read More

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…Read More

2007 Best Women's Clothing, Party Dresses

Stil

Chestnut Hill

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

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,…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…Read More

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