by Borderstan.com April 2, 2011 at 9:51 am 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.

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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.

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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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