Boston Clothing Stores: You Won't Find These Duds on Everyone
By Jessica Polizzotti
Boston Local Expert
Shopping for new clothes should be fun and allow you to showoff something different. With just a little research before you head out onto Boston's bustling streets, you can shop at some of the best clothing spots in the city.
These 10best picks offer a combination of great clothes and personal service, most are smaller shops with few or often only one location, and prices that range from budget to very expensive.
Get a real value at resale stores like the Garment District or be a part of the crowd shopping on Newbury Street where you can find reasonably priced women's fashions at No Rest For Bridget or designer duds at Daniela Corte.
The athletes out there will be thrilled to get American made sports gear at New Balance where this Boston brand's Boylston Street store sits just past the Marathon finish line and showcases their cool sports wear.
Men will leave Uniform looking dapper in designer duds that make him look anything but average.
Take a look at the list and you are sure to find at least one store to suit your fancy, but be warned you want to shop at all; and leave with heaping bags filled with Just a Little Something. Shopping nirvana is in your reach.
The Garment District
Featuring vintage and contemporary clothing, the Garment District labels itself as an "alternative department store" and has been in this Kendall Square location for well over a decade. The store sells vintage men's and women's clothing for a dollar-a-pound. The Garment District has developed a cult following in the Boston area. They also have a decent selection of music, party, and pop culture accessories. Adorable finds mix in with T's you'll love with jeans, and with the prices so low, you'll be able to stock up.. Over 40,000 pieces of clothing are here on any given day so if it's the retro look you're after, you're sure to find it here. (617-876-5230)
Mint Julep is a Brookline and Harvard Square specialty clothing retailer packed with high end fashions that are somewhat affordable. Specializing in women's clothing, accessories, and handbags, you'll be able to find a complete outfit that will be the envy of all of your friends within its walls. Savvy fashion seekers find themselves returning to Mint Julep time and time again to purchase that special something, be it a new bag, or entire ensemble. The sales associates are quite helpful and will assist in finding you the perfect fit. One thing is fro sure, you'll find it hard to leave empty handed. ((617) 232-3600)
Just a Little Something
When your look requires something edgy, of the moment and unique, make your way to Just a Little Something where you'll find this small shop stocked with must have items to update your everyday attire. Walls lined with accessories make it simple to pull together a complete look. And when you need a little help, this small shop provides personal service with an owner who is usually on-site and ready to give you great advice. Whether stepping out of your comfort zone or buying items that suit your regular style, Just a Little Something is sure to have a little something that's perfect for you. ((508) 698-8700)
No Rest for Bridget
The Newbury Street location of California based chain, No Rest for Bridget, offers the modern woman current trends at reasonable prices. On the lower end of Newbury (close to MA Ave) on the lower level of one of Newbury's gorgeous shop filled brownstones you'll find dresses, skirts, pants, tops and even accessories at prices that will allow you to fill more than one shopping bag with without feeling like you've spent too much. The staff is friendly and helpful and fashionable themselves, ensuring that you'll find entire outfits that fit your personality. Best of all No Rest for Bridget's styles are suitable for women from their late teens- their 40's and possibly beyond. allowing you to be trendy at work or play. (617.236.5650)
Wish boutique has been offering the women of a Boston a unique, fashionable shopping spot on Beacon Hill's popular Charles Street for years. Wish fills its racks with the popular designers you know and love, like Trina Turk, Theory, Joie, and Nicole Miller, Velvet, AG and Hudson. Stocking its shelves with only the best of the best that these designers have to offer each and every season. Small in scale, it is frequent quick stop for local ladies looking for something special that won't be seen on everyone else. Neat and orderly, you can easily peruse the shelves lined with gorgeous finds. (617-227-4441)
At Uniform you can find a selection of menswear, accessories and even skincare that is second to none. Reminding you that shopping for men's clothing can be fun. In fact, at Uniform you will find anything but run of the mill menswear, and anything but run of the mill sales personnel. Instead, you'll find clothes that look as good on you as they do on the racks without making you feel too "dressed", and help that really does help. With brands ranging from Original Penguin to Diesel you're sure to find the perfect fit in style and size for your casual contemporary wear at Uniform. (617-247-2360)
Ku De Ta
Ku De Ta offers fashionable women's clothing as well as accessories this boutique has two great locations: South Boston and Chestnut Hill's, The Street. With an always changing inventory of high fashion, on-trend merchandise for women, Ku De Ta is always filled with new favorites. Enjoy a low-pressure shopping experience while having access to their knowledgable staff who are more than happy to assist when you need a bit of fashion advice. At Ku De Ta you'll find special occasion pieces as well as everyday items that are sure to find themselves with a front row a spot in your closet. (617.383.5095)
Daniela Corte's below street level Newbury location could easily be overlooked, but then you'd be missing out. This designer creates wearable fashions that women are sure to fall in love with and men are sure to love you in. Her fabrics are supple and of the highest quality, and in line with current trends, but they are also comfortable and fit the average woman. Her leggings bar is lined with stylish renditions of traditional leggings with special touches like faux leather or lace, and can be made especially to fit you. The high prices are expected for the high end fashions, but Daniela Corte has great sales that significantly slash the price tags and make Daniela's stunning designs affordable for all.
Head into the New Balance Experience Store to get your perfect fit. Here you'll encounter highly trained specialists who are available (by appointment) to fit your feet, ensuring you the most comfortable fit you can find. This high tech store takes elements of the company's past and integrates them with their present while always having an eye on the future. You'll find retro New Balance sneakers alongside more lightweight offerings and attire that will allow you to complete your look. Check out the company's manufacturing feed to get a look at where New Balance produces their items: right here in MA. ((617) 266-1583)
Channeling the London street market, Portobello Road in Chestnut Hill's The Street, features funky finds for her and home. Enjoy your time shopping in this comfortable atmosphere. Their clothing is globally sourced and inspired with goods that transport you to places like Italy, Belgium, Kenya, and Brazil without setting foot on a plane. Prices at Portobello Road start well below $100 allowing even the budget conscious the chance to experience the luxurious clothing within. As a bonus, Portobello Road carries an excellent selection of accessories guaranteed to complete your clothing purchase to create a total look. Best of all, the staff here is available to help you put together a look that works. (617-264-2020)
About Jessica Polizzotti
Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand. Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. Although Jessica has been a world traveler since her teens, her favorite trip may always be her Italian honeymoon. Living in a city that allows her to experience a change in seasons equals an opportunity to enjoy a shift in activities. As the old New England cliché says, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”
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