+ Modeled after a hunting lodge and much larger than the old North End store, Ball and Buck, now on Newbury, carries sturdy men’s clothing and shoes, all made in the United States. Hand-stitched bow ties and pocket squares in lightweight wools and fall-color gingham add elegance, as do the impeccably crafted leather card holders and iPhone sleeves. Finish off your new look with a shave or a haircut in the store barber’s chair.
> BALL AND BUCK 144B Newbury Street, Boston, 617-262-1776, shop.ballandbuck.com
+ This second location of Beacon Hill’s Crush boutique features the same fun and flirty looks as the original, with a little attitude thrown in for fall. In addition to peplum tops, dresses, and coats, look for blouses with leather collars, blazers with leather lapels, and fur vests, says co-owner Rebecca Penner. Add a long pendant necklace and your favorite boots and leggings, and you’re ready to show off your inner rock star.
> CRUSH 264 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-424-0010, shopcrushboutique.com
+ American preppy gets the European treatment at Gant, where the blazers are cut a little better, and the jeans and chinos come in cooler colors than just blue and tan (the tight-fitting houndstooth jeans are especially chic). The store is filled with classic layering pieces for men and women: V-neck cardigans, plaid button-down shirts, winter cords. But it’s the edgier options — sexy frayed denim dresses, backward crew neck sweaters with elegant pointelle detail — that make the place truly special.
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