1 Shirt 3 Ways

There is nothing more versatile than a white shirt. Just ask famous fashion designer Carolina Herrera, she is synonymous with a great classic white button down. She has them in all of her collections and countless examples in her own wardrobe.

According to Herrera, “It is important to own a white shirt. You can wear it with trousers, with a long skirt, with a short skirt, for daytime, for the evening. When it comes to wearing the white shirt, whatever way you wear it is the correct way. There is no right or wrong way.”

We couldn’t agree more. When building a wardrobe, a white shirt should be at the top of anyone’s list. Our favorite white button down is Frank and Eileen. The brand started in 2009 and two years later, Oprah’s people called asking where to link to their brand because it was going to be listed as one of her favorite things in O Magazine. Problem was, they didn’t have a website. Needless to say, in three weeks they had one launched before the magazine was on newsstands. (Read the entire article here.)

Made in America out of Italian fabric, you really can’t go wrong with any of this line’s styles. We just unpacked a new batch of their signature cut, the Eileen. I asked stylist Alicia of Tullebox (you can find her Tuesdays and Sundays at The Hive) to show us all how to wear a white shirt different ways. She took us from dressy to casual and then, since it is finally the season for layering, how to make a white button down work during the cooler months.

Of course, we have more than just white available. I am a firm believer in the fact that you can never have too many button down shirts. I love the fluid fabric; nothing is softer or cozier.

For more great styling ideas and wardrobe inspiration follow Alicia at @tullebox on Instagram.


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I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.


The Shoe Hive                         The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
              Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110

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