I noticed two odd little details recently. Â (1) Suit breast pocket with a flap. Â While perusing the latest issue of Los Angeles Magazine, I saw a picture of a fellow wearing a SB peaked lapel suit with a flap on his breast pocket. Â Merely eccentric or has this been done before? (2) Number of sleeve buttons on a suit. Â I saw an election photo (I think it was Kerry) which showed 5 buttons on his sleeve. Â Well within normal bounds or unusual?
1) Flaps over breast pockets are sometimes placed on tweed jackets or heavy country suits (shooting coats, etc.). Â They look out of place on business suits. 2) Five sleeve buttons is too many. Â Jacket sleeves generally take four buttons. Â Some Italian makers (but not many any more) like to use three. Â There is an English tradition for sports jackets to have two buttons, spaced one button width apart (like a three button sleeve with the middle button missing). Â Brooks Brothers picked this up many years ago and used to finish a good deal of its suits this way.