So Doc....if you were going to purchase a new overcoat.....Brooks Brothers is the way to go?Re gold/silver buttons on coats (and blazers)... I've run into this all the time on other clothing forums. People say "I want a blazer" and then insist on removing the shiny metal buttons and replacing them with something matte or bland horn buttons, presumably because of some lack of confidence in wearing anything other than a dark suit or some weird biases they've picked up in their youth. I always point out that once you remove the shiny metal buttons then it's no longer a blazer, so what's the point? Why not just buy a jacket without shiny buttons in the first place? Buy what you want, not what you don't want and then try to turn it into what you want. Same thing with these military overcoats; there are plenty of bland, monochrome, undecorated civilian overcoats out there, so there's no need to start modifying military coats to make them more civilian. And frankly, if you buy high quality civilian clothing, it's usually better quality than military stuff (yes, I'm right about that, any overcoat made by Brooks Brothers is much better quality than any military overcoat).