The best clothing stores in Boston

Looking to refresh your wardrobe? Find cool brands and designer fashion for men and women at our favorite clothing stores in the city.

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The secret’s out: Speakeasy-style Bodega is one of the best clothing stores in Boston

The secret’s out: Speakeasy-style Bodega is one of the best clothing stores in Boston


While there are excellent clothing stores scattered all over the city—from legendary designer emporium Louis in the Waterfront district to mix-and-match boutique Mint Julep in Harvard Square, they’re most concentrated in the South End and Back Bay. While you’re in the area, don’t overlook the upscale Copley Place mall for luxe designer boutiques and some of the city’s best department stores, including outposts of Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus.

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Louis Boston

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Before a branch of Barneys opened in Copley Place, this was Boston's answer to the hip New York designer temple. Having just completed a grand move to the waterfront, Louis sells carefully selected fashion, beauty products and homeware in an exquisite setting. A variety of gifts, attractively packaged foodstuffs, fashion and home accessories is artfully displayed—you might find jeweled espresso cups and vintage handbags in the mix. A central CD station is manned by a DJ, and satellite rooms are devoted to bed, bath and cult beauty products. Also included are men's and women's collections from the likes of Marni, Dries Van Noten and Jane Mayle.

  1. 60 Northern Avenue, at Courthouse Way
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Uniform

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A one-stop shop for the fashion-conscious male, with a good selection of smart shirts, casual jackets, shoes and cheeky belt buckles. Uniform also stocks a line of Freitag messenger bags and wallets, made from recycled truck tires, and selected shaving products (from the Art of Shaving and Jack Black).

  1. 511 Tremont Street, at Dwight Street
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Bodega

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At first glance, it looks like any other convenience store, the window lined with faded bleach bottles and paper towels. Something's odd though—the kid behind the counter is a little too stylish, the water stains on the ceiling are too perfect, the horse race on the TV seems to be caught in a loop and none of the bottles of detergent seems to have moved in months. Step in front of the faux Snapple vending machine, to activate the hidden sliding door and reveal the secret store within a store. Inside is the ultra-modern interior of Boston's flyest sneaker shop—carrying rare kicks from Nike Tier Zero and Adidas Consortium, as well as deluxe streetwear and books on art and design.

  1. 6 Clearway Street, at Massachusetts Avenue
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Flock

Opened by a mother-daughter duo, this South End boutique is the perfect place for ladies of all ages to try on girly wares from hard-to-find designers, with an emphasis on proprietor favorite Lauren Moffatt. Tucked away just off the main drag of Tremont Street, the shop's rustic, whimsical decor is positively enthralling.

  1. 274 Shawmut Avenue, between Hanson & Milford Streets
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Shake the Tree

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A highly browsable combination of casual clothing from the likes of Ella Moss and Velvet, jewelry and accessories, unusual toiletries, stationery and decorative homewares such as picture frames and ceramics. Some of the items, such as hip jewelry by Flauxy and Wardmaps' mousepads, printed with 19th- and early 20th-century maps of Boston (including the North End), are locally made.

  1. 95 Salem Street, at Morton Street
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Wish

Looking for the perfect little retro-styled dress? This jam-packed boutique is a good bet, with an almost overwhelming array of frocks in various prints and cuts by Milly, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor and Tibi, as well as separates, jeans and T-shirts from Vince, Velvet and Splendid. The house style is somewhere between well-groomed preppy and urban sophisticate.

  1. 49 Charles Street, at Mount Vernon Street
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Mint Julep

The first branch of this women's boutique was launched by two Harvard graduates in Brookline in 2004, swiftly followed by a larger Harvard Square shop. Mint Julep offers an appealing melange of labels (both European and American), styles, prints and prices—the only unifying factor is an underlying postmodern country-club aura. You'll find lots of retro-influenced dresses, cool T-shirts and colorful accessories by the likes of Tibi, Milly, Orla Kiely and Kenzie, as well as less expensive brands.

  1. 6 Church Street, at Harvard Square
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