The Not-So-Basic Bottoms

Regular readers know I tend to talk about buying the basics when you shop, investing in pieces you are likely to wear over and over. I’ve called the Alicia McCaslin price-per-wear equation, in honor of my ultra-rational stylist friend.

I stand by this theory. Spend big on the basic black blazer, white button down, camel coat, and leather jacket that you will wear time and time again. Quality is timeless.

There are, however, times when you want to add a little excitement to your wardrobe. These are the pieces that make you happy when you see them in a store and in your closet. I probably have too many of these, but I think we all need some.

This spring one of the biggest trends is bottoms in some not-so-typical styles. We are talking printed denim, bright colors, and wide legs. But just because they aren’t basic doesn’t mean you won’t keep them in constant rotation in your wardrobe, either. After all, we need something to pair with all our basic tops!

We asked the lovely Jen Tierney to model these trends that we just got in from Isabel Marant Etoile, one of my personal favorite, and, of course French, lines.


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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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