Easy Dressing with Equipment

While my personal fashion preferences are not even close to outlandish, I’ve never been one to shy away from sequins, lace, or even a few feathers. I actually have an abnormal amount of pieces with feathers in my closet. But let’s be honest, are those my go to items? Of course not.

At 7:30am when my kids are screaming “Where are my sneakers?” or my husband is yelling “Have you seen my wallet?” and I am trying to pack lunches, feed the dog, and get out the door looking somewhat respectable, am I really grabbing the glitz and the glitter? Of course not. I mean, I wish I could find my inner Sarah Jessica Parker and make some crazy things look cool, but usually I just want to make sure my teeth are brushed and I don’t have coffee stains on my shirt.

So when I was deciding which brands to fill the shelves at The Hive, there was one line in particular from my closet I knew we had to have, a line that has saved me on many of these mornings: Equipment.

Equipment made its mark with perfectly tailored and menswear-inspired shirts that come in every color imaginable as well as a variety of fabrics and cuts. Since they began in 1976, the collection has expanded to include dresses, cashmere, jackets, and even pajamas.

If you are looking for classic closet staples that will become your go-to items when you get dressed on crazy and not-so-crazy mornings, we have beautiful cashmere sweaters, silk button-downs, and a silk bomber jacket that will make any outfit a great outfit.

We hope you’ll come in and check out our growing Equipment selection. While you’re at it, let us know what other basics you are looking for in your wardrobe. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest items to find!

The Shirts

The silk button-down shirt is the piece that put Equipment on the map. We currently stock versions of it in black, cream, and navy. Look for more colors come spring as well as some great new prints.

The Sweaters


Once Equipment perfected the silk shirt, they moved on to sweaters. The basic crew, available in cream, navy, and black is perfect for layering, and the basic black fitted turtleneck is the sweater I always needed but could never find. The oversized V-neck and gray turtleneck are perfect for cold fall days with pencils jeans and a great bootie (my winter uniform).

The Not-So-Basic Basics


Lace tee also available in white

This season through next spring, fashion is all about the bomber jacket. Equipment’s black silk version is the perfect four-season piece to add to your wardrobe. The Riley tee and Colbie shirt can stand on their own or wear effortlessly under a jacket or cardigan.

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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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