236 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
Many stores have great dress departments, others have great prices and some even have a great staff that can help you put together a nice outfit. Lit Boutique is one of the rare stores that has all of these things. Here you can find unique summer dresses you won’t find anywhere else in the city, at prices that won’t break your budget. Even better, LIT carries a nice selection of everything, so you can find all of the accessories you need to go along with your new dress.
223 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Turtle takes shopping local to the tenth degree. Not only is it an independent boutique, but it carries looks by the best of Boston’s emerging designers. If you want to know which designers will become the next big thing before they actually become that next big thing; this is the place to see them first. The prices fall into the higher-end boutique category, but when buying something so one-of-a-kind, and something sure to become a favorite summer piece, who really cares about the price?
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49 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Wish is a lovely little boutique chock full of summer dresses and other summery items to accompany them. If you love designer dresses and hate shopping at big designer department stores, Wish is the place to go. At Wish, you get the designers you want with the unmatchable boutique experience. One-on-one service from a friendly knowledgeable staff member will keep you coming back to Wish time and time again.
293 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02115
Lipstick is everything you could want in a Newbury Street boutique without the big price tag you’ll find in its neighboring shops. It’s a trendy little shop with great customer service and chic little summer dresses. Most of the shop’s designers are British, which in Boston nearly guarantees you won’t have to worry about walking into a party and finding someone else wearing the same exact dress. The modest price tags are just as nice as the selection. If you’re tired of people-watching and window shopping on Newbury Street, then Lipstick is the place to go to find the perfect affordable sundress.
131 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Crush is the place to go to find all of your dress needs, for any occasion. That means summer dresses, cocktail dresses and everything in between. Besides a range of styles, you’ll find a vast array of prices as well. It’s a great shop to find a deal or splurge. Part of what keeps people coming back is the attitude of the owner/sales girls. You’ll feel far less like they’re trying to sell you something and more like you’re having a fun afternoon shopping with your girlfriends.
Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.