Esteemed colleagues, I value the opinions on this board and find the posts both informative and entertaining. I usually have trust in my own instinct with respect to clothing purchases, but I now face a dilemma that requires my turning to this board for some guidance. I posted on here a week or so ago about a 3-piece suit I saw that I loved. I have since been seeking a similar suit. Here's what I have found. I generally like a higher cut vest, which usually brings with it around 5 buttons. I have located a 3-piece offering that is lower cut, 4 button, with a two button jacket (though the two buttons are placed higher on the jacket than traditional 2-button suits). My question is two fold: What are the rules for a 3-piece suit? Is it appropriate to have a 3 button jacket covering the vest? I would imagine that the vest should be cut slightly higher than the jacket. Second question, anyone have any recommendations for a specific designer, etc.? Unfortunately, I can't afford to have a custom made Kiton or Oxxford at the moment. I'm looking for more of a modern styling of a 3-piece. Somthing that has the conservative feel of a 3-piece but with a bit of modern/European flair. I eagerly await you gentlemen's kind advice.