Yes and Yes.
The rule for buttoning the buttons on a jacket are from top to bottom: Sometime Always Never.
Get real hiking boots. While modern materials and technology don't do a whole lot for the charm, appearance and purpose of dress shoes they have greatly improved technical footwear and apparel. Take it from a grunt, you only go as for as your boots will take you so get the right ones.
My cousin (82nd) said the wolverines 1kmile are more comfortable for walking/long term wear than the new ICB, fwiw.
http://www.narragansettleathers.com/ offers great belts.
Quick question: I'm going to buy a casual, unstructured cotton blazer to wear over tee shirts and such in warm weather. Possibly to clubs in evenings. What is the most (urban) stylish yet versatile color? I'm not much into wearing tan. Basically comes down to black, charcoal or some shade of blue.
Did you read my post? Because that's not what I said, and nowhere did I imply it is an abomination.
He asked which two ties would be more versatile, and which we would recommend. I said I recommended the navy and the burgundy, not the black one, because black is associated with funerals even if grenadine is not.