Cantabrigian, would you say a paddock is fine if you just want a little extravagance? Let's assume it wouldn't have other #menswear bells and whistles all over the place. I kinda like the look of a hard 3-button with the top 2 buttons fastened, but the usual stance is too high to be flattering for me. A paddock has the look of a hard 3 but with a lower stance. If I just got a hard 3 with a lower stance, I feel there would be one button too close to the hem, but the paddock avoids that problem.
If you play everything else pretty straight, I don't think it would draw too much attention to itself.
I'm not a fan but for no particular reason.
My only rational(ish) hesitation would be that it seems to emphasize any not-completely-flatness in the stomach. E.g.