From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB. He lives in the U Street area and writes about style for Borderstan.
Hello, Borderstanis (he says with a sheepish grin). So the original plan was to get myself back on a weekly track with the September Issue(s) series, but much like Jil Sander’s Spring 2012 Menswear collection, it was full of good intentions, but a flawed execution. My bad.
Anyways, with the quasi-mea culpas out of the way, let’s get down to business. So, here we are with “The September Issue(s) Vol. 5: Outerwear” (Or “When the F*@K Does September End?”) As you probably recall, we started with shoes, worked our way to bottoms, then, quite obviously, tops and, in our last conversation, layers.
This being the fifth and final edition of my Fall recommendations, we’re going to go out with a bang. Well, as much as a bang outerwear can pack (though, if you do it correctly, it should make as much of a statement as the rest of your outfit. It needn’t just be a utilitarian effort to protect you from mother nature).
So speaking of mother nature, I found myself caught in the monsoon last Thursday on the way to meet some friends. Instead of being sensible and wearing a proper raincoat, I almost ruined a bespoke suit blazer in the torrential rainstorm. I kinda wish I had this number:
J.Crew Fairport Trench by khelan on polyvore.com. Being a sartorial traditionalist, I highly recommend everyone have a khaki trench coat. But a black one is a very chic alternative that goes with… well… everything, like this Fairport Trench from J.Crew (upper right pic, click here for the full spread).
Paul Smith Pea Coat by khelan featuring a cotton coat. The tricky thing about autumn is that the temperature can drop anytime, without any advance warning. And like Ned Stark said before he was physically unable to wear fedoras, “Winter is Coming.” (Yes, yes, I’m a nerd. Game of Thrones, anyone?)
So as the weather begins to become slightly unforgiving, what’s better than having a peacoat to shield you from the elements? And what’s better than this peacoat by Paul Smith…? Not very much, that’s what (upper left pic, click here for the full spread).
APC Duffle Coat by khelan featuring wool coats on polyvore. The only thing I love more than a peacoat is cropped jacket with toggles, like this whimsical, yet fashionable number from APC (at right, click here for the full spread).
Hi there, Borderstanis. Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend.
Last week, I began the first in a series of essentials for autumn, otherwise known as the best season ever. Now that we have the perfect shoes, let’s work our way up to the next articles of clothing for the ideal fall wardrobe, shall we?
By now, I’m sure you have all the denim you think you need. Well, I thought so too… ’til I tried on these chic and comfortable wonders from Naked & Famous. They fit like slim-cut jeans, but feel like a comfortable pair of pajama bottoms. And with the herringbone finish, they’re perfect for the season.
You can pick up a pair of them at Rue 14, my favorite store in Borderstan. Speaking of which, Rue 14 is participating in Fashion’s Night Out by throwing a party this Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 10 pm.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. It wouldn’t be autumn without a pair of smart cords or three, would it. Personally, I like to buy a couple of pairs each season: one in a subdued, subtle color, like a traditional charcoal or brown; and one in a more… whimsical shade. I highly recommend the 484 vintage slim cords from J.Crew and the 511’s by Levi’s. Both cuts are similar to my favorite jeans.
If you’ve lived in the District for a while like I have, then you know that the seasons can be a bit tricky. While fall doesn’t officially begin for a few more weeks, the weather can remain summer-esque for a while. For warmer days, I recommend the Stanton pants from J.Crew, in the 484 slim fit (I’m sure you’re sensing a theme here).
I’ve been rambling on for a while about casual pants, but what about a dressier pair for the office or an evening at a fine restaurant or the theatre? I’d check out the dark charcoal chinos from Rag & Bone. Yeah yeah, they’re a bit pricey (a little under $300) but I’ve owned a handful of items from this relatively new designer, and they’ve lasted for years. However, if you’re looking for a more affordable pair of slacks, you can’t go wrong with J.Crew’s urban slim fit Bowery pants in either herringbone or gray wool.
As always, it’s been a blast, Borderstanis, but that’s it for me this week. Let’s chat next time as we continue to work up to the ideal fall wardrobe. Ciao.