BorderStyle: Khelan Takes a Friend Shopping

by April 2, 2011 at 9:51 am 1,488 2 Comments

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB. He lives in the U Street area and writes about style for Borderstan.

Borderstan, Khelan Bhatia,

Before: Zach prepares for his shopping trip with Khelan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

So a couple of months ago, right around when I started writing this column, Zach, a friend of mine, asked me to take him shopping. Specifically, he wanted casual wear, including going-out clothes.

Now, I generally hate the idea of going-out or “club” wear as it reminds me of college (not in a good way!) and the Jersey Shore. After you reach a certain age, fitted tees with sexually suggestive puns are so not appropriate. Well-tailored casual wear is all you really need to hit the bars/clubs.

But I love shopping and love giving advice even more, so I suggested (well, actually insisted) to Zach that we go that afternoon!

Of course, this being DC., everyone (including yours truly) is over-scheduled and booked for weeks. So we finally found a day that worked for both of us: last Saturday.

Borderstan, Khelan Bhatia,

One of the new shirts Zach purchased with Khelan’s help. The label is Original Penguin. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Zach’s already a pretty snazzy dresser; he has a conservative and understated style, which I dig.

We just needed to push the boundaries a bit with his fashion choices; not to completely reinvent the wheel, mind you, but to accentuate what’s already there.

Our first stop was my favorite boutique, Rue 14 (you remember from my column last week, right?). I guessed that Zach would like their selection and fits.

He found three great shirts that flattered him: two plaid button-downs from Gant and Original Penguin respectively and a red chambray shirt by Life After Denim.

Borderstan, Khelan Bhatia,

Zach’s shirt is from Life After Denim. (Luis Gomez Photos)

And for my friends who think I worship at the altar of plaid, my favorite of three he selected was the red chambray.

In addition to the shirts, Zach also tried on some denim at Rue 14, but none of the fits/washes quite worked out. So we made a trip to my favorite corporate chain: J.Crew, which carries one of my favorite jeans, the 484 slim cut.

For the sake full disclosure, Zach admitted that he felt a little uncomfortable wearing jeans that were so narrowly cut. But I told him that fashion was pain and that he needed to suck it up. Just kidding.

Seriously though, as you can see, the 484’s flatter him tremendously, especially paired with the red chambray and his new lavender Jack Purcell Converse sneakers.

Borderstan, Khelan Bhatia,

New shirt, jeans (J.Crew 484) , shoes and another new shirt. (Luis Gomez Photos)

All in all, it was a tremendously productive day. I want to thank Zach for being such a good sport by putting up with my fascist-like tendencies when it comes to style.

That’s it for me this week, Borderstanis. See you next week!


Subscribe to our mailing list