Need Style? Borderstan Welcomes Khelan Bhatia

by January 21, 2011 at 6:00 am 2,843 14 Comments

Khelan Bhatia Borderstan

Khelan Bhatia: corduroy jacket from Uniqlo, plaid shirt from J.Crew, scarf from Club Monaco, Levi’s 511’s, shoes by Tretorn.

Borderstan welcomes Khelan Bhatia as a new contributor. He will be writing weekly columns on style, so pay attention male readers!

Greetings, Borderstanis. Welcome to the debut of my musings on style, fashion and all things fabulous.

Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a renaissance of cuisine, art and music in the District. Similarly, Washingtonians have kicked it up a notch on the style front, especially in Borderstan.

Week after week, I’ll be focusing on new trends, essentials for the season and cute outfits worn by fellow Borderstanis while offering style advice to all those that ask.

What you won’t see from me is excessive bitchiness and negativity, such as Can you believe she wore those shoes from three seasons ago? or Did he look in the mirror before leaving the house?

Think more Tim Gunn and less Michael Kors. BTW, if that reference is lost on you, don’t worry: I’m here to help.

Before we get started, here’s a little background on me. I’ve lived in D.C. for a little more than five years. Currently, I live on U Street, which is by far my favorite neighborhood in town. When I’m not blogging, you can find me at the 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, Dickson, DC Noodles or, depending on my mood, my office downtown.

Regarding style, I believe that your outfit is the suit of armor you wear before going to work, out with friends, on a date, to a bar/club, etc. If you feel stylish and attractive, no slings and arrows will be able to pierce that armor.

Now that we’re all friends, let’s get down to brass tacks. Today, I’d like to focus on one essential that everyone should have for the remaining winter months. Because man (and woman) cannot live on denim alone, I strongly recommend a smart pair of corduroy slacks.

I know, I know. Cords? For winter? Ground Breaking (to paraphrase Miranda Priestly). Stay with me for a sec. Wait… what’s that you say? You already have a few pairs of cords in your wardrobe? Why do I need another pair? Well, they’re likely cut like your favorite pair of jeans which, don’t get me wrong, is great.

But if you really want to stand out, I highly, highly recommend a pair of cords that are tailored like slacks. These two-legged wonders allow me to look professional at work when I wear them with an oxford, navy blazer, skinny tie and lace-ups. Or I can dress them down with an untucked plaid shirt, cardigan and sneakers.

And right now, the wonderful thing is that you can get them on mad discount right now and you’ll still be able to wear them through early-mid spring. And with unpredictable D.C. weather, that could very well be through Memorial Day.

But for the love of Gant, please, please, please don’t buy a pair that are pleated or have wide wales. My favorite pair is the bowery cord in urban slim fit from J.Crew. And wouldn’t you know, they’re currently on sale for around $40. Not a bad deal considering I paid almost twice as much for full price.

So that’s it for the first go-round. I welcome all comments and questions. You can email me at [email protected] or follow me on Twitter at @KhelanB.


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