Today Elisabeth May Shoe Boutique invited shoppers to view their new capsule collection of clothing in store with a glass of fizz and some serious eye candy. The store has made the decision to expand into clothing with a capsule collection of pieces; as usual, things are exclusive, so when pieces sell out they are replaced by another line, so get in there fast! The well-constructed starting collection was made up of Lipsy and Never Fully Dressed pieces in blush and neutral tones, floaty fabrics and feminine shapes that marry perfectly with the modern, girly aesthetic of the store.
A further strength of the collection is its versatility. The mid-thigh length of the dresses and tunics suit a range of styles as these pieces can all be styled differently. They can be worn bare-legged with a pair of embellished sandals in summer, dressed down over a pair of skinny jeans and worn with a slouchy cardigan, or dressed up with killer heels and opaque tights. This versatility also ensures that a range of ages and tastes are catered for, a strength the shop has already honed in its collection of shoes, bags and jewellery.
The dresses have a chic and flattering cut; floaty chiffons skim rather than cling and elegant long sleeves and the higher necklines of the Never Fully Dressed shirt dresses are ladylike without being prim. The lilac Lipsy vintage-esque floral dress was my favourite – I’d wear it for a night out with opaque tights, killer bright heels, a topknot and layered necklaces. The long sleeves drew me to this one too, I must say I was a big fan of the long sleeved dresses in the collection, the material added volume and the floaty sleeves were ethereal, reminiscent of Florence Welch. The cuff details were a cute touch, heavy embellishments or dainty bows – I’d definitely go for the bows as they look really cute peeping out underneath a boyfriend blazer or chunky knit. The peachy pink Lipsy pleated tunic also caught my eye, you know I have a thing for pleats! This one had textured detailing around the sleeves and the floaty shape is just gorgeous.
A great achievement for the shop’s first capsule clothing collection, owner Natalie has selected some really lovely pieces that are both fashionable and versatile. I love how the collection really fits with the rest of the shop, the colours in particular complement the shoes as you can see from the pictures of the display. Elisabeth May is fast becoming St Andrews’ one stop shop for a slice of high street and boutique fashion. It’s no mean feat to incorporate such a big high street name into the Elisabeth May brand, but I think this has been achieved seamlessly – that clothes rail just looks like it was meant to be there. I can’t wait to see the next offerings from this darling boutique.
There are some gorgeous new Mischa Barton bags in stock just today as well, I love/ need this satchel!