What Is a Dickey?

I wish I had a camera and could record the reaction folks have when they see what appears to be a long narrow piece of fabric with a zipper and then a collar or hood hanging on the racks at The Hive. I think people think we have absolutely lost our minds, especially with a price tag ranging from $150 to $300. Customers will slowly turn it around and then peer over their shoulder to see if anyone at the counter is paying attention to them. I mean the cloth wouldn’t cover much of anything that is for sure.

So what are these odd shaped pieces of fabric that obviously are not meant to be worn alone? It is called a Dickey and they go in the blazers made by Veronica Beard that are the cornerstones of their collection. When I think of a Dickey I think of the famous scene from Christmas Vacation (one of my favorite movies, as my sense of humor is roughly equivalent to that of a 14-year-old boy’s) with cousin Eddie by the tree. Look closely:

These are obviously an upgrade, but the idea is similar. They zip into a blazer or jacket and transform the look by adding a layer without adding the bulk. Many varieties come with detachable cuffs as well. Dickies can make a look more casual with a sweatshirt material or a more classic look with a cable knit sweater or anything in between. You can even have a leather and denim Dickey.

Lucky for us, Veronica Beard has sent us tons of Dickeys for our trunk show this weekend, along with plenty of jackets to zip them into. We can also special order other varieties from their collection. I always suggest starting with either their Scuba, Schoolboy, or Classic in black or navy. If I calculated my price per wear for my black and navy scuba jacket it would not be much. I have had them for three or four years and they look like new. I literally wear one every week, if not multiple times.

Stop in starting Friday and receive 20 percent off you Veronica Beard purchase and start building your collection.


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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

1 Comment

  1. Emily O Kimm says:

    Encouraging a look by referencing Cousin Eddie! Classic! 😂

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