Everything Old is New Again.

A quick perusal of runway photos and the newest items at Mr. Porter tells me that the pleated trouser is back! It makes sense. The original skinny jeans hipsters are a bit older, and those who have to dress in something more than “athlesiure sweatrousers” still want to feel comfortable.

The good news, for those of you shuddering at the thought of a full-on triple-pleat, balloon-legged revival, is that the cut of these trousers is more modest and perhaps, influenced by the well-tailored silhouettes of the immediate past.

Remember that the key to wearing a fuller-ish cut trouser is to combine it with a more tailored blazer and shirt, or sweater, and an appropriate shoe. Happy days are here again!

Pleats and a classic look done right!

From TheStyleForum.@TheNordicFit’sBucket

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Write, Beautifully.

The aesthetic movement of the late 1800’s held that all the objects which surround us should be beautiful and functional. Probably in that order. After all, the aesthete required that all his senses be entertained. It is a seductive philosophy.

Yesterday, Mrs. E. became a demi-centarian in her own inimitable way. And, as usual, she gave me only an offhand “I’m really enamoured of mechanical pencils at the moment” comment when asked about her gift. So, I made sure to get her a mechanical pencil. (Fear not, dear reader, something much more sparkly also arrived.)

When it comes to mechanical pencils, it is function which normally follows form. And form is frequently dictated by comfort. Writing in longhand is a physical as much as a mental act.

But, who’s to say that something as pedestrian as the pencil can’t be a work of art? Especially if it is crafted by Caran d’Ache. Add engraved initials and you have a personalized work of art with which to create your own works of art.

I carry a far less expensive, but every bit as satisfying to write with, ballpoint version of their classic 849. Pick one up here.

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Wow! Missed December entirely. Time flies.

Easy and Elegant Life turns ten this year and this is about it. Posting, as you may have guessed, will be sporadic, at best, allowing me to figure out what it is that you may want to hear. Since I’ve turned 50, I’m not much at the new and exciting stage, but that’s fashion, and I subscribe to anything but.

Style, however …

So, as I sit here, beset with bronchitis, and watching the snow fly, and the temperatures creep into the mid-2o’s (unusual for Central Virginia), I wonder what you would wear to survive the snows in sartorial splendor?

For reference, I give you The Rake, and a wonderful article on layering. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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