Originally Posted by jolinlovesjunya
Lol I've never thought about 3r2 will bring down the formality. But I do see your point - it draws attention to a rather business pattern. In fact I didn't siecify the configuration to my tailor. I just leave the details to them, especially my Neapolitean tailors. The fabric is hopsack anyways, maybe I will do only 2 buttons for a finer striped fabrics next time for a more business/formal look.
You don't see many 3r2 pinstripe/ chalkstripe suits nowadays, but that might be a regional thing. Most striped suits I see are from the UK, where people don't request 3r2s as much. FWIW, Esquire -- an American magazine -- had drawings of them in the 1930s.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I assume Brooks made them with a 3r2 configuration in the '30s - '60s, but don't know for sure. Have a history of Brooks Bros. book at home I can flip through later.
I don't think there's anything wrong with a lapel buttonhole on a pinstripe either, although maybe lordsuperb is just talking about a personal preference.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)