First, someone asked about hacking/riding/hunting jackets. Yes, they are usually single vented. Women's jackets -- even though hunt gear is supposed to be largely unisex -- can be either single or double. But there are sold aesthetic reasons for this. Yes, the effect is quasi military, that's why it's to be avoided, at least in the U.S.. In the UK, this look evokes the British Expeditionary Force in the Raj. Here it says, " mall cop." You need to expand this a bit. You don't match them to your shoes, do you? Or do you mean you always include a bit of a pattern? I usually do this, too. But typically, when I'm wearing a suit, I'm not reaching for the fun socks. Once again, not exactly, but pretty close. I have one belt that hits a real sweet between brown and red that works with a surprising number of different shoes. This really depends. First, I'm not buying your theory about the "pleasing vertical lines." If you're wearing a jacket, no one ought to be able to see the pleats when you are standing up. Second, pleats don't look that great when you sit down. I certainly have some suits with pleated pants but most of my odd trousers are flat front. There may be a day in my not-too-distant future when I have to switch entirely to pleats, but not today. This one really surprises me. I am fairly tall and sometimes even I resort to at least a double four-in-hand. Four-in-hand is certainly the default but some other knots do serve a useful purpose on occasion. I can see not wanting to carry a garment bag. But you can certainly put a pair of pants in just a regular carry-on without them suffering. Or are these just day trips? I used to have a pair of "saddle bags" that went over my laptop case. They were the ultimate in minimalist travel. They held one shirt, 1 pair underwear and socks, one tie and one pair of pants. They were just perfect for overnight trips. But then, for some reason, the airlines began giving me such regularly grief about them that I gave up and I haven't used them in quite a long time. But it was great while it lasted. I could go directly to meetings and no one realized I had all me luggage right with me.