The Perfect Sweater

I haven’t had the most quintessential COVID-19 experience. Sure I have missed out on travel, haven’t been able to see friends, missed weddings, and haven’t hugged my grandfather in almost a year. It’s been real, but working retail has meant I am still going into the store. Work life as I know it didn’t really change. I’m not chained inside my house, stuck on zoom, with a nice blouse on top and sweatpants on the bottom. I felt like I was missing out… I recently discovered I am not!

I was recently exposed to COVID and had a nice long 10-day quarantine before my test came back negative. Besides missing social interaction, I really missed getting dressed. I became the all-day pajama girl and I didn’t recognize myself.

Here at The Hive and The Shoe Hive, we have been speaking to our love of loungewear and put-together-looking comfy clothes. While the love is real… we haven’t necessarily been there. Well, now I’ve been there. All I wanted was to look put together, for my own personal benefit, while still being pajama level comfy. Meet the Mayberry Sweater by Varley!



I was thinking about the pieces we have coming into the store and this sweater jumped out as the perfect comfy, cozy, chunky sweater that would leave me still feeling like I had put some effort in. Basically, I’m sold. We have this sweater in stock now in taupe and will be getting this gorgeous pink in soon!



Take a look at how you can bring this sweater into your wardrobe and why I see it as the perfect way to feel put together while still remaining comfortable.





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Truly a local girl, Penelope was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Penelope graduated from James Madison University (GO DUKES!) with a degree in International Relations and is now getting her Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. While she never expected to work retail, she has found a second home in her Hive and Shoe Hive family, and has discovered the shoe and clothing addiction she never thought she had. An avid traveler, if not working or going to classes, Penelope is surely on a plane to a country she has yet to see.

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
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