Originally Posted by mafoofan
Manton, a question: the issue of patch pockets aside, if the point of the concept is versatility, why brown horn buttons? It seems to me that darker, more muted horn buttons might work better. It would make the suit configuration look more suit-like, and the patch pockets would be more than sufficient to designate the jacket a sportcoat when worn separately.
Because blue buttons would make the coat too "suity" in my opinion. Brown straddles the gap better. It works well either way. Blue horn, on that cloth, only works as a suit. Brass only works as a jacket. Brown transcends. I do have blue horn on a jacekt, but it is a soft, fuzzy twill that could not be mistaken for a suiting.
Originally Posted by Concordia
You're not the first person to observe that brown horn buttons look dumb on a blue jacket, suit or no.
Originally Posted by tutee
What are your thoughts on same thing in navy flannel. If it any consolation, GQ offered something sort of similar in one of their recent issues. They called it the ultimate summer versatile suit or something. It was in 'requisite' black, fabric was cotton without any patch pockets or other who-ha.
I have it in the back of my head to replicate this in navy flannel ... some day.
Originally Posted by edmorel
I've been under a hot sun for a few days so maybe I am slow on the uptake here but what exactly is the point of this post? That a navy suit is versatile? That a navy jacket is versatile?
That the traditional stricture against wearing a suit jacket as an odd jacket can be overcome if you choose the right cloth and configuration. A blue, smooth finished worsted with flapped pockets and blue buttons can't be worn as a jacket. A blazer with brass buttons can't be worn as a suit. This works either way, saving some $$$ and making travel a little easier.