Wow, how did I completely miss this thread? @FlyingMonkey - that half-norfolk is an amazing find.
Cross-posted from the November 14th friday challenge:
Thanks! It's MTM from the same maker as the tweed suit - Beckett & Robb. I got a sportcoat in that fabric (it's the one on my most recent post), and added the waistcoat on a whim. I used my steamer to roll the lapel down further, past the top button, as I generally prefer waistcoats with a slightly lower "V".
Certainly that is the tradition but as far as I'm concerned it should be treated purely as a guideline rather than a rule. It would all depend on one's location and business. In the suburbs of the northern tier, where one's office is in a business park rather than downtown, I would call it smart and practical. And, as you suggest, as a suit for the weekend or vacations at one's 'country place' such a suit would be really quite a good idea. Down here in the heat, sadly, it would end up being a closet queen as with most of my tweeds and corduroys. Once relocated in the Pacific Northwest, however, I can see getting lots of use out of such cloth. Great bit of tailoring that.