The best place to look for inspiration: http://www.styleforum.net/t/379713/italian-cbd
Where is the suit from btw?
Thank you for the link. The suit is from Oliver Brown in London.
I've been a customer for many years ever since buying an excellent (IMO, for the 400 GBP) classic charcoal worsted SB suit there in the early 2000s and getting excellent service; they usually go for a very classic British style which I quite like having grown up in London (I'm alas not literate enough in CM to describe why or what), getting all the details right, such as forward facing pleats, side adjusters with no belt loops, inch long lapel buttonhole, boutonniere flower stem loop... and I guess the more structured look. I could buy blind and be assured that what I got would look "British" (i.e. right for me).
The products have varied so much in the last decade that I sometimes wonder if it's the same company making them (e.g. this suit's coat only has one lapel buttonhole, and it's not opened!), so these days I just roam around their clearance section and pick up anything that is cheap enough that I can buy it and throw it away if it doesn't work. I think this suit and three (!) jackets came to GBP 100-150 including shipping. One of the jackets may have been from another order.
@archibaldleach you may be right. I'm just not so keen on spending too much on a suit with a style that is - in my opinion - only wearable outside a professional setting; and whose lapels are too narrow with too high a gorge. I was thinking of using it as one of my party/evening/can spill a pint on it suits. Pink shirt and navy tie is an interesting idea, I'll give it a try. I tried a black and white, and silver tie with white shirt and it didn't work; can't quite place why as the same colours worked very well without the ropestripe on my aforementioned SB charcoal. Somehow, the thick, highly visible stripes feel more casual perhaps because they are so bold.