by August 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm 1,540 0

Bad Plaid

“Bad Plaid” by 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.

Click on the image to see the Khelan’s outfits on Polyvore. Details include brands, prices and where to buy.

Hi there, Borderstanis.

A few weeks ago, I saw this guy on the street wearing a plaid shirt…with a pair of plaid shorts. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I love plaid. Hell, some of my friends have nicknamed me “the King of Plaid.”

At right: Bad Plaid” by khelan on

But this was too much. The cacophony of prints kept confusing my eyes to the point that I couldn’t even give him a disapproving glare. I chalked it up to an isolated incident… a clueless fashion victim from a flyover state who was visiting our fair city. Or so I thought…

Unfortunate pairing

“Unfortunate Pairing” by khelan on

A week or later, I saw it happen again. And then again the next day. Was I going mad? Is plaid a virus that, if unchecked (see what I did there?), threatens to take over our entire wardrobes?!

Bad Plaid

Well, no. Histrionics aside, there are a few among us who’re going overboard on mixing prints. For example: The shirt and shorts above right in “Bad Plaid” are fine on their own, but together they look a bit, well, ridiculous.

Only Jack Donaghy can pull off “power clashing.” So, is it possible to mix prints and not look like you dressed in the dark, still hungover from the previous night’s festivities? Absolutely.


“Better” by khelan on

Unfortunate Paring

Let’s start with a pair of plaid slacks. Listen, I realize they aren’t for everyone, but stick with me here for a second… and, please, ignore the shoes. No square tips, ever.

Above left: “Unfortunate Pairing” by khelan on

We’ll pair the plaid slacks with three different tops. Like the shorts and shirt I highlighted earlier, separately these two items are just fine, but together it looks like a jumpsuit. The pattern on the shirt and the pants in “Unfortunate Pairing” are way too similar — not to mention the color.


Let’s try it again, shall we?

Above right: “Better” by khelan on

Okay, so I realize that I cheated here a bit, as the top in “Better” is mostly a solid. But there’s pattern in the collar and the hem. And who the eff cares if it’s cheating — it’s a snazzy little outfit!


“Best” by khelan on


Yeah yeah, I can tell you’re not quite satisfied. So let’s give this another shot.

Here, we’ve got the aforementioned blue plaid slacks, a yellow striped shirt and a blue tie with very subtle spots that have a greenish hue. There’s a lot going on with this look, but it works.

At left: “Best” by khelan on

The louder print on the pants anchors the outfit, while the yellow and white stripes on the shirt complement the slacks. And the tie works well with both the shirt and trousers.

So that’s it for me this week, folks. Talk to you soon.

by July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,975 0

Levi's 511 Commuter jeans, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan, Public brand bicycle

The Vintage model bike by Public comes in orange, blue and white. 

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

Hi there, Borderstanis. Hope you’re find ways to stay cool in this miserable heat/humidity. I’d love to say this weather is so last season, but we all know that’d be slightly inaccurate.

As much as we’d love to stay indoors ’till fall begins, we have to find ways to get from points A to B. And we’re lucky to live in a city that offers many modes of transportation, including the various bike shares littered throughout our neighborhood. Of course, if you have the funds and are looking for your own set of wheels, I highly recommend this stylish little number from Public.

It’s totally vintage yet uniquely modern at the same time. While it comes in three colors, the orange is by far the most visually striking (blue and white are the other two colors).


by April 2, 2011 at 9:51 am 1,486 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.



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