My old school blazer had patch pockets as did my Blues blazer at university.
I don't have see a problem with flapped hip and breast welt pockets though. You may need metal buttons though.
Indeed. My question was really whether a blazer in a classic cloth such as serge or hopsack could be regarded as in good taste without patch pockets, but with brown horn buttons? I rather like the idea of brown horn buttons as an understated alternative to brass (brass buttoned blazers are not as versatile in the UK as in North America).
One recommendation I have for those taking pictures with the Iphone (at least the 4): don't use the camera that is on the same side as the screen. It is vastly inferior to the one on the back of the phone. Of course, this makes it harder to see what your are taking a picture of. That is where a mirror comes in handy. Use the mirror to see the screen and the "take picture" button.
Brass buttons are fine for the right occasion.
So people think that more is required than appropriate cloth and brown horn buttons? I was expecting as much (I know Manton regarded the patch pockets as essential to the BlazerSuit), but was interested to know whether this was a general consensus.
BTW, this thread has been cooking on gas over the last three weeks.