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 Yes, indeed:  http://www.styleforum.net/t/111076/the-swissarmysuit-a-sartorial-strip-tease/0_50
Precisely. Taking the most 'simple' case of suit splitting, a navy plain suit jacket:  can you simply switch over to metal buttons and use it as a blazer?  Possibly, but the cloth and other details are still unlikely to be right (although it may look no worse than many OTR blazers in hard worsteds). OP, for a master class see this thread: http://www.styleforum.net/t/71198/the-amazing-blazer-suit/0_50 See the different details Manton used to distinguish this from a suit...
 This is probably the best resource you're likely to find: http://thesilentist.com/post/15351832275/adopting-a-personal-uniform Here are some other threads worth a look: http://www.styleforum.net/t/98968/one-shoe-wardrobe-why-not/0_50www.styleforum.net/t/71198/the-amazing-blazer-suit/0_50
Negative.
You might want to contribute to this (excellent) thread, which deserves a necro-bump:   http://www.styleforum.net/t/278789/what-are-your-10-menswear-essentials/0_50
  You might say that I had that thread in mind when posting before.  You might very well say that.   Of course, I couldn't possibly comment.
Odd vest worn without a jacket surely deserves an honourable mention in this thread:     Remember, like bourbon's lurkers, those guys are putting time, effort and treasure into 'looking sharp'.
Agree with all this, save for the suit.  If this is a 'true navy' (inky very dark blue), rather than a 'blue suit', I would go with navy over mid-grey.  Charcoal would be preferable (although these days, these fine distinctions pale into insignificance compared with what some consider appropriate to occasions like this).
I agree with the comments in favour of sharkskin.  Mid-grey sharkskin can be very attractive and is highly versatile (in my estimation, at least).   Separately, thank you for the various suggestions in response to my query.
Wurger has a pretty good go here:     http://www.styleforum.net/t/354125/loake-appreciation-shoe-p0rn-thread/100_50#post_6476930; http://www.styleforum.net/t/354125/loake-appreciation-shoe-p0rn-thread/100_50#post_6508312.   I have a soft spot for Loakes, and black 1880s are a perfectly respectable day-to-day shoe (my beaters now).
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