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Best Accessory Shopping In Boston

Nothing can change the personality of a simple black dress faster than a leopard print belt, crystal chandelier earrings, or an armful of hammered gold bangles. Accessories are great disguisers, changing an outfit from perfect-for-work to perfect-for-weddings with one snap of a clutch bag. Here are my top picks for the best accessories in town.

Isabel Harvey

200 Linden Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

Isabel Harvey's cheery and bright shop in Wellesley's Linden Square has a nice selection of prep-goes-modern style. Tables of sleek cuffs and bangles, shelves of sparkly earrings, stylish canvas bags and cashmere wraps hang throughout the's hard not to find something here to love.

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Terra Firma

49 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478

This little shop in Belmont Center offers artisan jewelry in a range of styles. I bought my first piece of "good" earrings at Terra Firma -- hand-hammered gold vermeil in the shape of a sunburst -- and 15 years later I still get compliments on them.


M. Flynn

40 Waltham Street
Boston, MA 02118

Owned by sisters Megan and Moria, M. Flynn is a hidden treasure in Boston's South End. This airy shop lets the jewelry (handmade by the Flynn sisters) play center stage. Branching off from their main showroom is Faire la Fête, M. Flynn's high-end boutique set aside for special occasion and bridal accessories, including gussied-up hair combs and evening bags. Have an old brooch you never wear? M. Flynn's design studio will work with you to breathe new life into unworn pieces.



22A College Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144

If vintage is how you roll, stop in to Artifaktori in Davis Square. Filled with bags, shoes, boots, hats and jewelry (as well as clothing and housewares) from all eras, this shop is a treasure chest of style and great prices. Check the $5 bin before you leave; you never know what you'll find.


Shop at home

If you want to support a local businesswoman without leaving your home, bring handmade accessories to you by holding a trunk show. Stella & Dot, a new West Coast-based jewelry company with a fleet of Boston-area independent stylists, offers jewelry created by Cartier- and Kate Spade-trained designers at affordable prices.

Paige Lewin is a Boston lifer who, according to her friends and family, is a summa cum laude accessorizer. Paige spends her days in academia surrounded by hip co-eds, while at night she retreats to her life as a mother, writing about fashion, shopping and home design after the lights are out. She contributes to Boston Mamas and is the creator of Mudroom Boston. Paige lives north of Boston with her husband and two sons.
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