Murlsquirl looks great indeed.
If everyone did it, it would not be as special.
The suit seems to fit quite well. Why not just sew on 2 extra buttons in order to make it a 6x2, if you can find matching buttons? Or else you could drop it off at the tailor, have all buttons replaced and add the 2 extra buttons? Might as well sew on a lapel buttonhole while you're at it.
The antiquing on those shoes is lovely. And that shirt is pretty fantastic as well. If the jacket is cotton, I suggest you head to the Friday Challenge thread (cotton jacket) to participate.
I have no cash for new suits right now. I'd like something which is both more classic and more in step with current tastes, but it's just not going to happen anytime soon. Even then, I might not kick this one to the curb -- I wear it once in a blue moon as it is.
I'm pretty much set on versatile sportcoats for a while. Like, I have too many. I'd like some less versatile ones for specific applications now.
I'm not trying to be defensive, but it's not as if this suit is a representative sample of my wardrobe. I know enough to know what's wrong with that suit (and what's far from a la mode about it), but alas, I must compromise from time to time.
You're totally right about the lapel buttonholes, of course.
I considered adding lower buttons, but I worry they'd end up too close to the hem. Looking at other shots, the lower buttons would end up about an inch below the bottom of the pocket flaps, which would be a little lower than on most of the tasteful examples I've checked out.
I might try moving the upper two buttons out a bit, to break up the chest.
I think your pocket square should be more like this...? (Click to show)
Thanks for the help, Rudals! I used to do a straight "Presidential" type fold with the edges showing, but I am experimenting with Pliny's angling suggestions. I think I most prefer matching the angle of the pocket -- it seems more subtle to me. I am using a bit of an unorthodox fold, though: the bottom of the hankie is straight, and I fold down the top at an angle to match the pocket. This results in no edges showing at at. I also iron it into shape, which results in a very stable fold -- it stays very solid throughout the day, does not drop down into the pocket, and does not fold or rumple on the top.
It's also the case that on all of my suits, my lapel covers the inner (medial) edge of the breast pocket, so one side of my square will always be hidden and I can't get the exact look that you show in your pic. I do notice that the medial corner of your PS is actually in front of your lapel. I tried that, but my lapels are wider than yours, and I thought that the overlap was too much.
Sabir, love the ensemble you're wearing. My only pet peeve (and that's just my OCD getting on, don't worry) is the lower buttons being sewn so close to the patch pockets (or the patch pockets being so big, I don't know which one it is!). Other than that, thumbs up!
No, I get it. They're not my favorite either.
Maybe next time I wear this one I'll try a BD collar, big paisley tie, solid silk hank, and bit loafers, just to make sure I'm annoying everybody equally.