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There are a lot of new menswear e-commerce sites out there (one of my favorites is Mr.  Porter, for example.) Most of them deal with fashionable clothing. So if you’re looking for basics or a brand that is very au courant, on-line is the place to go. Just know your sizes. And hope to win the $100 Gift Card East Dane offers a lucky reader of Easy and Elegant Life. Just leave a comment below and I’ll use a random winner generator to pick one of you next Friday. So, without further ado, let’s get to the linking for the kind folks who supply the treats.

The advantage to East Dane is its affiliation with ShopBop and Amazon. One stop shopping for women and men with the option to use your Amazon Prime account for really quick shipping.

Now, don’t think that sites like East Dane are a bust for those of us who favor clothing other than jeans, sneakers and t-shirts. With some careful  searching you’ll discover some great mens shoes (Grenson! Wolverine! Fratelli Rosetti!) and some very good ideas for this summer. Think canvas shoes. Look up SeeVees Sun Shoes. Add to cart.

If you can wear the newer, trimmer and somewhat shorter blazers, you’ll find the likes of Theory, Maison Kitsune and Billy Reid, all known for their construction.

The sale rack has some good deals and now is the time to pick up that cashmere sweater you’ve been waiting for. The sale prices run from 20-70% off. Try the 50% Off Mens sale for a good start.

Click through and  check it out. Let me know what you think. Leave a comment below for your chance to win. Good Luck!

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AE’s slip-on is just a bit different. In a good way.

One of the key tenets of the Easy and Elegant Lifestyle is the  concept of “stealth wealth.” No, you don’t have to be filthy  rich to live like it. Simply eschew the ordinary, the mundane, the less than  satisfactory and concentrate your efforts on buying the best. When you’re dressed for The Middle  Ground, your garments shouldn’t scream, they should whisper quietly “luxe.”

So you do wear a sports coat? Wonderful. I do, too. Even the ubiquitous blue blazer. Only mine are made of cashmere and silk or all cashmere and are unconstructed whilst being cut to flatter. They feel like sweaters. Trousers are in flannels with beautiful hands or a lightweight wool that is anything but dry and stiff looking. Socks of whisper-weight merino wool, belts of exotic hides, suede, shell cordovan or calfskin leathers wrap my feet in luxury (and inside, some sport lambskin linings.) My sweaters are cashmere, silk and wool, linen and cotton, or fine merino. Even khakis are a brand that fits me nicely and are worn pressed and lightly starched.

The next time you shop, hold out for the best materials you can afford. Even if that means waiting for a sale or having  to make do with what is in your closet right now. You’ll be more breezily elegant.”What is it about our Mr. E?” They’ll think to themselves. “He doesn’t dress that differently from me, but he always looks great.”

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Review of the No. 594 Double Monk Strap loafer in brown suede coming soon!

Today a nicely wrapped package touched down in Richmond, VA. It was soaked through by the rain storm, but the contents revealed themselves to be dry, soft and ver desirable.

A few first impressions. Goodyear welting! Leather sole! Included a Vibram oversold that can be cut to fit and glued on by your cobbler. The silhouette isn’t too waisted, or elongated, or boxy. It is very English looking. Which means that these shoes will stay stylish for the long haul; they are above fashion.

Customer service via email? Easy and pleasant. Included extras? How to care for your shoes. How they are built, shoe bags, etc.? Thoughtful! Fitting guide? A pdf on the website that is on the page of the model you select. Print and grab a pencil. Very easy and useful.

Road test to come!

{N.B. The nice PR people at ShoePassion.com sent the pair of shoes to me for review. Their generosity will not impact the review that I give the shoe. So far, so good}

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