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