XL’s Featured Tribesmen Of The Week Khalil Nass
1. What are your biggest fashion obstacles?
Answer: As a larger guy the biggest fashion obstacle is finding clothing straight off the rack that doesn’t require a ton of tailoring. Many times the fit just isn’t good. For guys that want to be stylish and like a certain fit this means you have to plan your looks; there’s no purchase and wear without alteration. This also extends to footwear especially if you have a wider foot.
2. Where are you from and what are biggest fashion trends in your city?
Answer: I am from Newark, New Jersey. Jersey is influenced pretty heavily by whats happening in New York City. Fashion-wise we are big into street wear. You tend to see an array of mixed matched looks, where it’s clear people have purchased what they like and put it together in a unique way. Professionally, I see many guys who are serious about their suit game and obligatory accouterments. It’s cool to see guys’ personalities really come through in what they select whether it be something like suede double monk straps or a dope leather camouflage work tote.
3. Tell us about your biggest fashion nightmare and if it came true do explain. (attach a picture if you can)
Answer: I constantly think, “what if my jacket rips, what if my pants split.” This is especially true because I really enjoy a super tailored look. Yes, I have realized this nightmare. Last year I was away at a conference for work. I maneuvered out of the backseat of a taxi and felt my pants split. Of course, my first thought was to check how much of my underwear was exposed and then to move very deliberately so as not to increase the damage. LOL.
4. What are some of your biggest style inspirations?
Answer: It changes honestly. Normally at the beginning of each season, I identify a color palette that I really want to focus on. In my shopping travels, I pick up different pieces in that palette. I really like patterns and challenging the thought that men of size have to stick to “simple” clothing. Period wise I tend to find inspiration from those moments in history when guys really “dressed.” Periods like the 1920’s and Harlem Renaissance and the 1960’s– think David Ruffin, Motown, and the Rat Pack.
5.Where do you see yourself in five years and how do you see yourself accomplishing it?
Answer: Five years from now I hope to find myself of course more successful and fulfilled by the work I’m doing. I’d like to be a Director/VP of Government or Public Affairs. I think I am on track to this goal now. It is important that I deliver the highest quality work product. I have to stay focused and remain strategic.
6.What do you feel is missing in fashion for the men of size?
Answer: First, many things. Definitely the fit, the fit, THE FIT! For some reason, manufacturers of men of size clothing don’t think we like tailored looks. They think we like our jeans with “kick” in them. We don’t! We like high armholes and tightly cut shoulders. For many of us, this means our tailors are literally reconstructing clothing we purchase. I know my tailor loves me because I’m forced to tailor everything—jeans, jackets, even shirts. Many times the fashion for men of size is not parallel in design or execution to that of other men. Hopefully, soon both will meet us where we are: well-tailored, cool and stylish.
7.If you could swap styles with one celebrity who would it be and why?
Pre-Yeezus Yeezy used to be my style patron saint. If I had to swap today I’d choose NBA baller, Chris Paul. CP’s looks are never boring, they are well thought out, his use of color is for sure cool. He just does, formal, dressed up and casual super well.
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Name: Khalil Nass