+ 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.
> GANT 324 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-536-1949, us.gant.com
+Vivek Patel and Radhika Rana (see “25 Most Stylish Bostonians”) bring a dash of global fashion to Boston’s epicenter of prep. Visit their Vira boutique for embellished jackets, sequined dresses, and smart blazers from the store’s own line in turquoise, deep purple, and mint green. Vibrant prints in flattering cuts from an international group of designers — India, Singapore, New York — are the perfect antidote to darker, chillier days. Don’t overlook the colorful, bold jewelry, some with a Bollywood pedigree.
> VIRA 107 Charles Street, Boston, 617-367-0305, facebook.com/viraboutique
+On any given day, you might find a gently worn — and gently priced — Diane von Furstenberg dress, Chanel bag, or vintage military-inspired jacket at Ensemble. To mix with those, there are also brand new print blouses, playful sweaters, cocktail dresses, and more. The old-new theme carries into the jewelry selection of both contemporary and reworked-vintage styles.
> ENSEMBLE 62 Salem Street, Boston, 617-455-8711, ensembleboston.com
+Apricot Lane exudes a breezy charm that’s true to its California roots, with pieces including embellished jeans, faux leather jackets, and sassy gold sequined pumps. Though the overall vibe is young, the store’s sophisticated prints and colorful statement jewelry will also appeal to a more mature clientele.
> APRICOT LANE Northshore Mall, Peabody, 978-531-1200, apricotlanepeabody.com
+Liz Rodgers fills her downtown store, Lizology, with sophisticated, practical pieces meant to take her customers from the office to cocktails. Knowing women can’t live on black and neutrals alone this fall, she’s packing her racks with rich reds, burgundies, and teal. Don’t miss the wallet-friendly handbags, which average about $50.
> LIZOLOGY 37 State Street, Newburyport, 978-358-7272, lizology.com