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Wardrobe Wonders

Kristine Ellis and her team at Abelina’s Boutique focus on offering clothing and jewelry that are fashionable, comfortable and pulled together.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Valerie Grant
Posted
December 29, 2017

Beautiful bridal gowns, fashionable prom and party dresses, spunky casual clothes that you’d be proud to wear around town — these and more are the magical stylings you’ll discover with a stop into Abelina’s Boutique. Now with two locations, the formal dresses available at the Farm Shopping Center and a focus on more casual attire at The Boxyard location, Abelina’s is a Tulsa staple in women’s apparel.

Owner Kristine Ellis loves decking women out in style, and she has significant experience in all things fashion — a passion she began to develop at a young age. “I started sewing when I was 7,” says Ellis. “I’ve worked in retail for both bridal and regular clothing stores for years. So, I have a lot of hands-on experience with sewing and bridal.”

For 12 years, Ellis has been bringing her experience and passion to the store she founded in 2005. The first location, still located at the Farm Shopping Center, focuses on bridal gowns, prom dresses and formal attire, with a smattering of casual outfits for good measure.

As you might guess, serving bridal customers can be a challenging endeavor. Bridezillas happen, after all. But Abelina’s has a strong reputation in town for being friendly, helpful and inventive, no matter what the customer’s needs may be. Whether it’s the challenge of fitting a bride to a gown off the floor for a fast elopement to helping brides-to-be choose just the right style for their body and personality, Abelina’s does it with an ease that shoppers can relax into.

Kristine Ellis' Abelina’s Boutique stores have a strong reputation in town for being friendly, helpful and inventive, no matter what the customer’s needs may be. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Kristine Ellis' Abelina’s Boutique stores have a strong reputation in town for being friendly, helpful and inventive, no matter what the customer’s needs may be. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

“Bridal can be very rewarding and a lot of fun, and it can also be really intense,” says Ellis. “You get involved with the families, and they remember you as a part of that wedding process for years to come.”

For those shopping for a gown, the staff at Abelina’s at the Farm can help figure out how to find that dream dress, or close to it. It’s a balance of working with the bride and experience in what’s available from dressmakers.

“Some people really know their style and know what looks good on them,” Ellis says. “We have some really great designers who are exclusively for us in this area. Stella York, Willoughby, and other lines too — these brands are great at vintage and boho, but in a really great structured way. A lot of times, people think they won’t look good in something but then find out that what the designers can do makes them look good.” 

Ellis recommends trying on many dresses to see what works for you.

The Farm location also offers formal party and prom dresses, as well as casual wear. But if casually chic is what you’re looking for, then you also need to cruise over to The Boxyard shopping center in downtown Tulsa to visit Abelina’s second location. There, Ellis and her team focus on offering everyday wear that makes Green Country ladies look fashionable and pulled together, as well as comfortable and casual.

“We wanted to be in an area that was a fun environment and go into our casual product line with a little more depth,” says Ellis of the decision to open a second location at The Boxyard. “We wanted to be around other local stores that like to have fun too. We wanted to be part of downtown.”

The Boxyard location focus on offering everyday wear that makes Green Country ladies look fashionable and pulled together, as well as comfortable and casual. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
The Boxyard location focus on offering everyday wear that makes Green Country ladies look fashionable and pulled together, as well as comfortable and casual. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

They take that fun, innovative, boundary-pushing approach to selecting clothing and accessories, whether it’s for the bridal wear, formal dresses or casual wear. “We just try finding stuff that is creative and unique,” says Ellis. “That goes all across the board. We get people from in Tulsa and out of state, a lot of different designers and styles. We try to carry a mix of treats as well as more affordable items, so people can feel like they’re always included.”

As far as what you can expect when you shop at Abelina’s in The Boxyard, think clever, edgy, without going over the line. “We have the quirky, cheeky shirts that have wording on them, that are almost crossing the line of what’s appropriate,” says Ellis. “We have all kinds of weird stuff, yoga pants, activewear and swimwear. We’ll have some seasonal things for sure. We have a lot of fun fashion jewelry that is incredibly affordable and make great gifts.”

Everything Abelina’s offers in its casual line is meant to be both easy to fit into your everyday wardrobe, as well as attractive enough that you don’t mind running around town in it.

“We like things that aren’t too fussy,” she says. “We always say we offer something you can grab to wear out and eat with your bestie. Stuff that’s easy and you don’t have to figure out. Something that’s different from what you normally see. We want something that works easily in your actual life and still has something about it that’s unique.”

If you haven’t shopped Abelina’s yet, be sure to check it out, especially The Boxyard location.

“We’ll start to get spring shipments in January,” says Ellis, so shoppers can get a jump on updating their clothes for the 2018 spring season.

LOCATOR
Abelina's Boutique
The Farm | 5219 S. Sheridan Road | Tulsa
918-398-8175
abelinas.com
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m

The Boxyard | 502 E. 3rd St., Unit 6 | Tulsa
918-900-2207
abelinas.com
Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.

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