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4 buttons in 2 straight lines is the configuration most likely to avoid creating a top-heavy look. If the concern is more about looking blocky, then a v-shaped 6 x 2 probably would be better. Fit, color, etc. also affect that, of course. Heavily padded shoulders probably should be shunned even more than usual.
Light gray sneakers would go with more pants colors (but nothing very dark). Wearing them "nearly everyday" is a bad idea.
A red button-front shirt with a vested suit (or even an odd jacket) doesn't work. Try pink instead. And that suit is at least a size too big (which a tailor cannot fix).
To take a risk and actually critique the example (photo) cited, it will be perceived as "ugly" by many because the elements are not in harmony. For example, the bag (not just male/female but also formality). Also, the eyebrows are very unnatural-looking, which generally overlaps with unattractive.
Blue or gray jeans and almost any non-black corduroy pants.
Too round. Only a few people with a certain style and probably facial structure - like the man in the picture - can pull that off.
The statement in bold seems hard to believe. More likely, most gyms only require that the footwear is athletic and closed-toe.
Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom Rack, etc. It's basically a matter of going to stores that carry your size and finding something with the right features* that is discounted. J. Crew also makes some navy wool sport coats, but its quality is probably lower than the other options. *By the way, the jacket in picture #1 has patch pockets, which are too casual for many uses. The right choice shouldn't have a ticket pocket, either, in case a discounted jacket includes...
Due to the lapels, keep looking. Any outlet malls nearby?
#2 is more likely to fit and it is pure wool, whereas the other one has some mystery fabric. Furthermore, the Italian-made jacket might have been made by Chinese workers, and it appears to have a strange weave (possibly barleycorn) that reduces its usefulness. Lean toward #2 or something similar with wider lapels.
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