The Traveller’s Trouser

(Full Disclosure: my tailor, Leviner Wood, advertises on my blog and I’ve done some writing for them. But they are not compensating Easy and Elegant Life for this post in any other manner. I just like the trousers! Image: via Leviner Wood.)

As many long time readers will know, the tricky question of elegant travel has been debated a number of times before. There are two camps involved, those who dress for appearances and those who dress for comfort. Rarely is there an article of clothing that the two sides will agree fits the bill on both accounts.

Until now. At least that’s what I thought when I saw the cashmere-flannel five pocket jeans for the first time. The hand is lofty (the flannel), but they are extremely lightweight trousers. I would guess 7 – 8 oz. Because they are wool, they have a certain amount of natural stretch or give that makes them very comfortable to wear. The styling is like a pair of men’s jeans — standard rise, straight leg, flat front.

Here’s what I love about them. Under a sportscoat or blazer, you look like you’re wearing a trim cut flannel trouser that looks like something that The Sartorialist would shoot on a passerby in Milan. With a cashmere sweater and loafers, you’re ready for a casual evening out or to hop that flight home. They cost about the same as a high-end designer jean. The only downside I can see is that you have to dryclean them or use a home drycleaning product like Dryel. But then, no one washes bluejeans anyway. Do they?

What do you think? Could these be the first link in the mythical everyday elegant wardrobe?

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Yesterday’s News


My new issue of The Rake arrived in the mailbox on Saturday and, as usual, it is up to snuff. I spent a lot of time with the new issue yesterday and am looking forward to more today.

Much the way that a home decor magazine can inspire you to rethink your rooms, a good “fashion” (and I use that term very loosely) magazine can make you see your wardrobe in a different light. This issue featured a lot about colour. And in these early fall days, when nature is changing its hues, why not join … errr… suit. If nothing else, opt for a bright splash of colour at the breast pocket (I’m itching for some new silk squares.)

I would have never thought of pushing some colour into a very conservative suit like the one in the photo above. I tend to reserve colourful accents for dark blue suits and navy blazers for some reason. But in the spirit of adventure, and with an eye on the editorial I gave it a shot.

Here, I’ve enlivened a stalwart grey (with tan stripe) Oxxford suit adding a lavender striped shirt, a lavender, navy, white and brown striped tie and a brown, orange, navy and purple patterned pocket square. If it seems a bit much, it is. The square itself would make a fine counterpoint for a solid or discreetly patterned dark tie and more “sober” shirt. But that wasn’t the point this time.

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Monday Casual


Monday is not the day that I normally hit the ground running in casual attire. Monday call for the fullbore treatment of serious suit, shirt, tie and polished laceups. Both barrels. No quarter. Eat the wounded.

At least that was the case when I worked for a living. Nowadays things can get positively relaxed here at Easy and Elegant Life HQ. Witness the above photo; the only rushing I’ve done was to get seated before the automatic timer took the photo.

It’s still warm’ish here in Central Virginia but, with the arrival of fall, I long to break out my heavier clothing. With afternoon temperatures in the 80’s/20’s and starting off considerably cooler in the mornings, I’m in a bit of a pickle. Hot means white trousers for me. But I’m hanging on to that outdated convention out of sheer bloody-mindedness. On me: a tattersall button down, lightweight wool and nylon tweed jacket (Abboud and wonderful to travel with) and tropic weight trousers in a colour that may best be described as banana-cream. The neckerchief (a large square from New and Lingwood) will be removed as the heat of the day progresses and I see that I’ve forgotten my socks.

Standards are slipping, aren’t they? A variation of this may work for those of you still suffering through casual dress codes.

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