When we started carrying clothes at The Shoe Hive, folks would ask us what to wear with certain things and we would always laugh because our response tended to be redundant. “Boyfriend jeans and sneakers” or “skinny jeans and booties” were very common suggestions.
One reason we gave the same answers over and over is because we are all jean junkies. But that isn’t the only reason. We also feel — as I’m sure many of our customers do — that cute pants are hard to find. Have you ever set out to find the perfect casual weekend pant or work option that goes with everything and is comfortable? It’s not an easy task. When we finally decided to spread our wings and open a clothing store (The Hive, 301 Cameron Street), we were bound and determined to find cute pants for every occasion. Considering the sheer number of pants now hanging on our racks, I think we achieved our goal.
To be honest, pants are so “on trend” right now it wasn’t difficult. We just got back from market and everyone was wearing pants. It was such a refreshing site from the typical sea of denim or black leggings. I’ve broken down our pants selection by category to help you decide where your closet might be lacking, and of course if you come in we are happy to help steer you in the right direction!
The Scuba Pant by Veronica Beard
We should all thank Veronica Beard for creating what I would call the most perfect pant material — scuba. I personally bought the scuba legging a few years back and I consider them life-changing. I refer to them as my “pajama pants” because they are that comfortable. They make everyone look amazing — and I swear I’m not exaggerating. I don’t think anyone has tried them on and not bought them. They are that good. At The Hive, we sold out the first week and when I called to reorder my sales rep informed me they had an updated crop version in black and navy. We are having a hard time keeping them in stock but we can always order them. If you are in the market for a great basic that can take you from the office to the weekend and anywhere in between these are the perfect pant.
To be honest, I have taken a break from these styles for the last decade. The 90’s cargo and pleated chinos left me a little scarred. It was too much of a good (or sometimes bad) thing. These styles, however, are back with a vengeance. The updated versions are more refined and the pleats have been removed! One of my favorite customers and friends emailed me after purchasing the Current Elliot chino and admitted to wearing them two days in a row and not knowing what she wore prior to purchasing them. I have the Veronica Beard cargo on repeat. I just can’t wait for cooler temperatures to pair it with a great sweatshirt by Sundry or wrap from Alicia Alpaca.
Leather has been big for a few years now and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We have three great leather options. If you want to test the trend with a side panel detail, we have a great legging from Getting Back to Square One, which we carried at The Shoe Hive last year. If you are ready to take the next step the Josephine is a Rag & Bone favorite — the front boasts a large leather panel while the back is made of a wearable stretch fabric. And for those who are ready to dive in, the Sammy by Rag is an all leather option.
Getting Back to Square One Collection
We started carrying this line at The Shoe Hive a few years back because I found a pair of pants I wanted online and they were sold out everywhere. What did I do to solve this tragic problem? Called the company and started carrying the line myself! A thicker fabric than the scuba pant but still comfortable and flattering, the pin tuck pant is tailored. The long culotte (or shall we call this pant The Christen?) is fall’s biggest trend. Pair it with a chunky heeled bootie and a sweater and you are ready for fall. We also brought in a gray legging to add a little variety.
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