Giddy Up! Western Wear Rides into Town

Are you ready to saddle up and head west for the fall? Designers flooded the runways with western-inspired and cowboy-style characteristics for Fall 2018 and we are totally okay with it. Or at least, I am! Paying homage to my home state, Veronica Beard’s collection was heavily inspired by the show Dallas, and it turns out, I learned while I was merchandising the store, Elizabeth was, too.

I started pulling some items and envisioned a western post immediately, with Penelope modeling on a horse, of course, but then I thought better of it and wanted to add an element of sophistication and wearability for us Alexandrians. (We are clearly not in the wild, wild west!) I pulled inspiration from street style bloggers and the runway so we all could envision the western influence in our everyday lives, sans horses.

I love to embrace trends by adding a few pieces to my already existing wardrobe, and by the brisk pace with which they’ve moved out of the store, I know many of you do, too. I’m prone to do things like: add a suede jacket with a front-tie blouse; put a flat-brimmed, beaded hat with a bold, colored dress; do a modern take on classic cowboy boots; couple leather leggings with an oversized sweater; and, pair distressed denim with graphic tees. Those are a few of the treasures I found to pull some looks together. While I styled an outfit one way, you could easily mix and match with any of the other items.

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  • Izar Dress by Ulla Johnson, $665
  • AGL Bootie, $495
  • Lonny Dickey Jacket, $595
  • Packer by Sam Edelman, $130
  • Mela Dickey Jacket by Veronica Beard, $640
  • Winona by Sam Edelman, $160
  • Soraya Dress by Ulla Johnson, $550
  • Cow Print Flat by AGL, $445
  • Winona by Sam Edelman, $160
  • Lawson Dickey Schoolboy Jacket by Veronica Beard, $595

Happy shopping ladies!




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Born and raised in Texas, Katie graduated from The University of Arizona with a major in Retail & Consumer sciences and has worked for numerous other big name retail brands. Wanting something family-oriented, with a close tie to its community and its customers brought her looking for work in Old Town. Prior to getting back into the retail world, Katie was the Vice President of Sales for her family’s company in the Scrap Metal Recycling industry. Trading her hardhat and boots for Ulla Johnson dresses and Vince sneakers, she has found her perfect fit at The Shoe Hive & The Hive. Katie and her husband Ryan moved to the Alexandria area in 2016 with their two dogs and are currently expecting their first child.

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.

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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