Picture Perfect

Have you ever wondered why so many families wear white shirts and khaki pants for photos on the beach every summer year after year after year? Well, it is safe and easy therefore it works, but it is most always incredibly boring and unimaginative.

If the idea of coordinating clothing for you and your family for a photo this holiday season feels daunting to you, here are a few tried and true tips for achieving the perfect group shot:

Remember the goal is to coordinate, not match, and for side by side outfits to not be in competition with one another. The simpler the attire the better. Clothing items that tend to consistently photograph well are solids, larger checks and plaids, simpler patterns, minimal jewelry and proper fitting clothes. Think of the big picture—literally—and how the clothes work together and not by how each individual outfit looks as a stand alone.

We have partnered with our friend and neighbor, Maura Burchette, owner of Monday’s Child, to help coordinate a couple of looks perfectly suitable for holiday card pictures, brunch with Santa, a photo opportunity aboard the Santa Train, or any other special events you and your family have this holiday season.



Whether you want to start by dressing the littles and then let us help you coordinate your clothing and accessories, or you need Maura’s expertise coordinating your children’s clothes around must-have items you found at The Hive and The Shoe Hive, we’ve got you covered!




Look 1

Available at Monday’s Child:
The Beaufort Bonnet Green Patsy Dress $82
The Beaufort Bonnet Company Boys Plaid Pants $76
Red Rollneck Sweater $55
The Proper Peony White Noelle Dress $88
Footmates Red Patent Emma Shoe $60
L’Amour Khaki Bucks $44
L’Amour Angel Baby White Shoe $34
Available at The Hive and The Shoe Hive:
Faux Leather Mini Dress by Tibi in white $495  
Escher Earrings by Lizzie Fortunato in gold $185
Karly by Aquatalia $595


Look 2

Available at Monday’s Child:
Navy Rollneck Sweater with monogram $70
Bailey Boys Khaki Pants $44
The Beaufort Bonnet Company Plaid Frenchy Frock Dress $64
Footmates Cheer Saddle Shoe $60
Anavini Navy Viyella Bubble $68
Footmates Wally Boot in brown $70
Jefferies Knee Socks $8
Available at The Hive and The Shoe Hive:
Trillium Stud Earrings by Lele Sadoughi in pistachio $168
Tatum Suede by Marion Parke $625
Emmeline Dress by Ulla Johnson in midnight $550


  • The latest from Sheila
Sheila, a transplant from the Mississippi Delta, accidentally became a resident of Old Town 22 years ago when her marketing internship turned into a real job. Since most everyone assumed Sheila was actually working on Capitol Hill, she decided not to disappoint them and found a job there spending the next ten years scheduling for two U.S. Senators followed by a short stint at one of D.C.’s top lobbying firms. Seeking a change of pace, Sheila traded in her suits for athleisure wear to better focus on rearing her two bigs, Joe and Crosby. Sheila and her husband, Clete, also welcomed a new baby girl, Lady Eugenia, to their family earlier this year. In order to escape the chaos and have the perfect excuse to get dressed up again, she recently joined Elizabeth and Co. at The Hive. When not working at The Hive, Sheila can usually be found running late, pushing a baby stroller, driving carpool or volunteering at the school.

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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