We *Don’t* Wear Short Shorts. A Post for People Who Prefer Pants. Or Just Like Cute Pants.

I have written about this subject before, so if you are an avid reader, I hereby apologize for repeating myself. I learned something new a few years back when I opened the clothing store: there are people who will not wear shorts. Like, 100 percent will-not-wear-shorts-not-even-if-it-is-110-degrees-outside people. Most will wear skirts or dresses of some sort. But there is a small fraction that no way in heck will wear actual shorts.

And on the same wavelength, there are people who don’t wear jeans. This I find even more confusing. Chris Kidd, the lone male employee in our stores, doesn’t even wear them. This aversion isn’t like my southern Grandma who would only put on “slacks” to garden or go fishing and was actually offended by jeans unless you were farming or riding a horse. These are young, stylish people who have no cultural prohibitions on denim. Don’t you find that a bit weird?

If you don’t, and if you are one of those who doesn’t wear shorts (or doesn’t want to show your legs), or one of those clients who doesn’t wear jeans, this is the season you have been waiting to happen.

We have so many cute and casual pants. We have cropped ones, cargo ones, colorful ones, ones with racer stripes, and some great basics. I feel like I sound like a fashion Dr. Seuss book!

We have great brands like Nili Lotan, Mother, and Rag & Bone, and they can be styled for any season. Come check them out – and revel in the not-yet-sweltering weather we are enjoying!


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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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