The restaurant-choked North End doesn’t have many stores, but it does have this fantastic boutique, which specializes in designer denim. Trust owner Alison Barnard and her staff to tell you the truth about whether those pants make you look fat, then check out the accessories and tops, many from brands you won’t see elsewhere in Boston. Under the same ownership, Twilight, 12 Fleet St. (off Hanover St.; tel 617/523-8008;, specializes in lovely party dresses and accessories.