by August 28, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1,289 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

A week without DC’s soul-sucking August humidity is enough to have me say “sayonara” to summer, while running with open arms towards fall.

Yes, we can all finally look forward to a frizz-free hair and fewer melting makeup disasters, and embrace new pallet of colors, textures and styles. Yes, bring on the tweed, the corduroy and jeans! Oh, how I have missed my jeans…

But best of all, there is no need to venture to a suburban “mall” or even an overpriced designer storefront to find some of this season’s best looks — it’s all in the neighborhood. Here are some of this season’s trends worth checking out in the area.


Neighborhood boutiques are overflowing with colorful, textured clutches and vibrant, chunky necklaces. One of my favorite finds is a tad-bit unconventional. Yes, it’s a Turkish bath towel — the perfect multi-purpose accessory that can be used as a scarf, a shawl or a fall picnic blanket at a local park or vineyard.

These great accessories are from Table Top (1608 20th Street NW), Lou Lou (1601 Connecticut Avenue NW), Redeem (1734 14th Street NW), Current Boutique (1809 14th Street NW) and Axis Salon (1509 Connecticut Avenue NW).


Colorful, textured clutches and makeup bags. Makeup bag (top left) from Table Top. Clutches from Lou Lou. (Rachel Nania)


Chunky, colorful necklaces from Redeem and Current Boutique. (Rachel Nania)









Women’s Clothing

For early fall, women’s styles are trending towards comfortable patterned dresses (and chunky necklaces, above). Pair these with a pair of boots and a cardigan and you are set!

Men’s Clothing

Bold colors and traditional plaids, tweeds and prints are in for the gents. Here is an example of a show-stopping outfit from Ginger Root Design. Don’t forget to grab a comfortable, textured sweater for the chilly evenings, like this one from Redeem.


Get ready for Fall. (Rachel Nania)

Pictured: A patterned fall dress from Current Boutique pairs perfectly with a bold, colorful necklace; patterned fall dresses from Current Boutique; a bold men’s outfit from Ginger Root Design; a textured men’s sweater from Redeem.

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by October 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,672 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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