BorderStyle: The September Issue(s), Vol. 4: Layers upon Layers

by October 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,769 0

Red Cardigan sweater by Hawkings McGill. Get it at Urban Outfitters. (khelan on

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

Welcome back, Borderstanis, to the fourth installment of the September Issue(s). And yes, my calendar has about 48 days in September. Doesn’t yours?

Anyways, we’re continuing to work our way towards the perfect fall outfits. As you recall, we started with shoes, then moved up to bottoms and the last time we got together, we discussed tops.

Today, we’re gonna chat about the season’s best layers… in other words, the essential sweaters, cardigans and jackets.

In contrast to summer’s more vivid palate, autumn is traditionally filled with subdued and darker hues… the grays, the browns, etc. Occasionally, we’ll see a splash of orange to, you know, remind us that Halloween is around the corner. Nothing wrong with that.

Click for the outfit! The Skipper Sweater by Gant Rugger. (khelan on

You know me, I’m a sartorial traditionalist. But I’ve got no problem with injecting a burst of color every now and then.

For example, this fun, red cardigan by Hawkings McGill (top left photo) will add a little pop when paired with a white oxford, dark jeans or gray corduroys. You can get it exclusively at Urban Outfitters.

The Skipper Sweater by khelan on

Next up, we have a more conservative, yet not boring, article of clothing: this fitted Skipper Sweater by Gant Rugger.

While the brown pullover is a staple in every man’s closet, you probably don’t have one that’s quite as sharp as this one.

It’s the detailing, especially military-inspired shoulder buttons, that do it for me. Before we move completely off sweaters, I have one more recommendation:

Click for the outfit! A Lambswool Sweater from J.Crew. (khelan on

Lambswool Sweater by khelan on

I adore sweaters with horizontal stripes (I mean, what’s not to love, right?). This sweater from J.Crew has the added bonus of being uber comfortable what with being made of lambswool and all.

Yukon Jacket by khelan on

Last but not least, we have easily my most prized possession of the season.

This Yukon Jacket from Steven Alan isn’t the most affordable thing in my closet, but it’s well-tailored, beautifully textured, sturdy-as-hell (meaning it’ll keep me warm in the brisk weather) and, get this, it’s made in the USA. I feel simultaneously patriotic and fashionable when I wear it.

That’s it for me this week. See you next time when I attempt to finish up this very, very long month of September with outerwear. Ciao.

Click for the outfit! The Yukon Jacket from Steven Alan. (khelan on


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