From Polos and pearls to sport coats and sweats, HBS can be a higher education catwalk when the lunch hour rolls around. The Boston area offers a wide variety of shops to pick up fall’s latest looks.
Whether high-end designer duds are your style, or the best bargain for your buck is better for your budget, fabulous department stores, boutiques and malls are just a drive, subway ride and walk away.
Shop and Walk
If hopping on public transportation does not sound fun, and you do not have a car, Harvard Square and Central Square offer a wide variety of stores just footsteps away from campus. Large, name-brand stores like the Gap, Adidas, Payless Shoe Source, Urban Outfitters and Aldo can be found at these locations in addition to a potpourri of unique boutiques like Jasmine Sola, Mint Julep, the Tannery and more. “It’s nice to be able to walk to the store when I need something,” said Partner Marina Peterson (NB). “When I lived in Phoenix I had to drive everywhere.” City Sports and Eastern Mountain Sports, also in Harvard Square, offer sporting goods for fall athletics.
Just two blocks away from the Lechmere “T” stop on the Green Line, Cambridgeside Galleria Mall houses stores such as Hollister, Express, Bebe, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Express, Express Men, Guess? and more. “We have a wide variety of stores you won’t find all in the same place anywhere else,” noted Jennifer Nelson, a spokesperson for the mall.
Also accessible by the subway is an enormous Macy’s, Filene’s Basement, H&M, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. These stores can be found in the Downtown Crossing area on Washington Street, which is accessible from the Downtown Crossing and Park Street “T” stops located on the Red Line.
For designer boutiques and high-end stores like Gucci, Cartier, Cole Haan and Tiffany, stop off at the Shops at the Prudential Center and Newbury Street by taking the Green Line to the Prudential “T” stop or the Copley Square “T” stop.
The best bargains around can be found when shopping by automobile. Just a quick drive down Western Avenue into Watertown brings you to the Watertown Mall and Arsenal Mall. Along with an Old Navy and Target, the Watertown Mall also houses another Marshall’s and Filene’s Basement.
If you are really on the hunt for a bargain, head west on the Mass Pike and south on Highway 95 until you find yourself 35 minutes away at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. With more than 170 stores, the outlets offer name-brand styles at a fraction of the price. Partner Sarah Estep (NH) fought the Labor Day crowds and headed out to Wrentham. She was pleased with her purchases. “I was able to get a bunch of cold-weather basics for like $10 a piece. It was definitely worth the drive, but make sure you’ve got at least a few hours to kill.”