BorderStyle: Paint it Blue

by April 4, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,281 1 Comment

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]

Happy Spring, Borderstanis! My seasonal resolution (rather than creating one for New Year’s which is sooooo dated) is to be a little more frequent with my columns.

What can I say? I miss you guys!

Naked & FAmous

Naked & Famous jeans by khelan on Click for more images.

Since the season that brings about cherry blossoms and tourists that lack self-awareness is upon us, I’ve decided do a little spring cleaning. Starting with my closet. Specifically, my jeans.

My friends have often referred to me as a denim aficionado…okay, addict is probably the more accurate term. And I’m beginning to come to the conclusion that they…well…may have a point.

So, I did a serious inventory of what’s actually in my Elfa-built drawers in my closet. And it was less a sprucing as much as it was a trip down memory lane. (I mean, did I really buy that many pairs of boot-cut jeans?!)

Thankfully, nostalgia quickly was put aside for unsentimental pragmatism as I was debating whether to keep or chuck a pair of Rock & Republics from 2007. If I haven’t worn you outside in the past year, off to Goodwill you go.

In post-purge cathartic glow, I decided to reward myself. With what you ask? Why…another pair of jeans of course! (Yes, I’m aware of my ridiculousness).

But I couldn’t just purchase any run-of-the mill pair, especially as the weather is getting warmer. I wanted a pair that I could wear in the warm summer months, which will be here before I finish writing this piece.

Turns out I was in luck. I made a quick trip to my favorite boutique in Borderstan, Rue 14 at 14th and S Streets NW, where I found this fab pair from Naked & Famous, the fine purveyors of rare, high-quality Japanese denim.

The lightweight Painter Denim, which is part of their Weird Guy line (I know what you’re thinking, and you can just shut it!), weighs only 5 oz, making it the lightest pair of jeans I’ve ever owned. While they’re cut like low-rise, tapered-leg denim, they feel more like pajama bottoms. If there ever was a venn diagram for form and function, these bad boys would feel right at home in the middle.

That’s it for me this time. Talk to you soon!

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