Dressing for the Holidays with Best Dressed in Charlestown


This is a guest post from the team at Best Dressed in Charlestown, a boutique owned by sisters Vicky and Nikoleta, where you can rent dresses and accessories for special occasions.

Ever had a dress ordered online not fit quite right? Maybe not made of the material you had imagined? Lucky for us, sisters Vicky and Nikoleta Lirantonakis opened Boston’s first brick-and-mortar cocktail dress rental boutique, Best Dressed earlier this year to solve that very problem. Best Dressed is designed to provide women with an affordable but stylish alternative to buying dresses they would likely only wear once.

The shop, located in Charlestown’s historic Navy Yard, feels like the closet of a very fashionable friend, who is letting you borrow her most stylish cocktail wear. The bonus? Every woman that walks into the store gets a personal stylist who will help them choose the perfect dress and accessories for a flawlessly coordinated outfit.

The sisters handpick every designer piece that go well beyond what a typical department store or high-end boutique can offer – including Parker, ​Shoshanna, and Halston Heritage to name a few. Dresses are rented for a 5-day period and can be reserved in advance.

Together, the sisters are sharing some of their favorite looks to be the ‘best dressed guest’ this holiday with 3 curated outfits for our readers! All items are available for rent and accessories for sale at Best Dressed (check out their website for hours & directions to visit them today).

Feminine Edge
Milly Dress (Retail cost: $545 / Rental at Best Dressed: $85)
Earrings: $30
Ring: $15
Shoes: $81 (available online through ASOS)


With a feminine shape, the leather bustier brings an edginess to a simple but beautiful floral dress. This Milly dress is a great option for a holiday party or winter wedding. The pearl fringe earrings are especially on-trend for the season, and the open cuff ring is a fun piece you can wear everyday. Don’t be afraid to mix metals for your jewelry – embrace wearing both silver and gold and match the aesthetic more than the color. The lace-up heel plays off the leather details in the dress with an alternative to the classic pointy or peep toe stiletto.

Elevated LBD
Catherine Malandrino Dress (Retail cost: $395 / Rental at Best Dressed: $80)
Necklace: $45
Earrings: $22
Lip Gloss Pure Illumination: $20 (sold at Best Dressed & perfect for a holiday gift)


Sequins always make us think of the holidays, and this short sleeve dress feels like a new take on a classic, without looking like a tired disco ball. A great alternative to the traditional LBD, this Catherine Malandrino dress is flattering on nearly all body types and is a perfect option for New Year’s Eve as the design is more loose (ideal for dancing the night away). We love these two accessories – the bar earrings and pendant necklace add a little glam without being overdone, with mixed metals with a fancy and feminine vibe. And who doesn’t love a red lip? Pure Illumination is one of our best-selling gifts, with a moisturizing base and natural pigment for a long-lasting finishing touch.

Black Tie Festive
Tara Jarmon Dress (Retail cost: $795 / Rental at Best Dressed: $110)
GiGi New York clutch: $175
Shoes: Christian Louboutin $745 (sold online/in store through Louboutin)


Many of us don’t have a closet full of formalwear just waiting to be worn. But we can all agree that a black tie affair calls for something extra special, and this Tara Jarmon one-shoulder number will certainly do the trick. A slinky, sexy but festive gown will stand out when complemented by GiGi New York’s metallic clutch (a customer favorite!) The glittery detail on the shoulder means you won’t wave to worry about a necklace if you don’t want. Instead, we suggest pairing it with a pair of sterling silver teardrop crystal earrings. Finish with strappy heel and consider this outfit a true show-stopper.

Image credit: Kellie Van of Le Zoe Musings

  1. sami says:

    i will keep this shop in mind the next time i have a fancy event to attend! i know alot of ladies who rent the runway- but how much better would it be, to do it in person?