I quite like single breasted peak lapeled suits. I have one similar to what you describe in fresco and enjoy it:
Also Anthony Eden approves:
I don't like hacking pockets though. And definitely not with ticket pockets.
I like SB peak lapels, too. I think they work better with as part of a three-piece ensemble, but a two-piece works as well. (Just no odd jackets unless it's a DB!) I wouldn't advise a two-button, but I suppose that's only a preference. I just like the how a peak lapel looks with a good 3r2 lapel roll, or the sleek simplicity of a one-button.
Despise hacking pockets, and think ticket pockets work only if it's a more casual suit, or if it's a very plain solid fabric that needs something to break up the verticality. Might do one on the solid navy travel suit I plan on getting.
Valstars are nice, but I'm open to any options that people have experience with. I guess I'm just not attached, and I'm looking for direction. I imagine that a cotton jacket of some sort could be nice, but sometimes I think that would be boring with cotton trousers. A light suede a-1/a-2 style jacket seems more interesting, and maybe better with wool trousers?
The Formosa is going to be your "strong suit."
I know "picnic attack." Wasn't their something about knitting as well?
Single breasted peak lapels are alright. Narrow peak lapels, I take a bit of issue with. Noodles, if you recall the suit that started one of your earlier picnic attacks, most people took issue with the narrowness rather than the number of breasteses.
With a few exceptions a month, when I need(ed) to wear a suit, I also dress as a statement (I could get by with polos or OCBDs and jeans). Granted, my statement is: I like clothes. Your statement might be a bit more political, artistic, philosophical, etc.
I think most posters actually dress as they do by choice.
Anything in linen.
Nothing wrong with hacking pockets. But I think that, when starting out, you shouldn't deviate from what is standard without good reason, or at least, a decent reason. Deviation for the sake of deviation (e.g. getting something slightly unusual in an mtm/bespoke suit just because you can) isn't a great idea, especially when you're first familiarizing yourself with your clothes. That being said, hacking pockets are a pretty small deviation. I still suggest tradition flap pockets though and no ticket pocket. But I'm a ninny like that.
As far as lapel width, I think 3 inches would do you fine. That's on the narrow end of conservative.