Probably the most overlooked aspect of any suit but the first thing that your eyes are pulled to whenever you look at anyone are the lapels. These flaps of fabric around your chest are like the opening to your soul and it’s actually quite important how they sit in line with your shirt underneath. It’s just the fact that you have a suit, but how it’s fitted is what’s important for the 21st-century man.
When thinking about lapel, it’s nice to start off with a slim one that’s about 2 inches at its widest point. This way you can appear trendy and on point with your chicness level without appearing like you’re trying to be a rockstar. Regular lapel widths are around 3-3.5 inches, and then wide ones are around 3.75-4.5 inches.
There are basically three different types of lapel that you can have:
- Notch Lapels
- This is most likely one of the most common ones where the bottom of the collar touches the top of the lapel at a 90-degree angle. Being the most common type of lapel and versatile, if you were to ever need one suit, you should invest in this type of lapel.
- This type of lapel is perfect for any body type, any occasion and any type of suit.
- Peak Lapels
- Most often known as the most formal lapel out there and is also the most expensive as well since it requires the most amount of fabric to create.
- This lapel is perfect for formal occasions and to be worn in the office.
- Individuals who want to appear taller should give this lapel a try as it’s sleek angles adds a slimming effect which also makes the wearer appear taller.
- Shawl Lapels
- This curved lapel is often seen as a red carpet tuxedo pairing but still be considered not as formal as a peak lapel.
- Most people enjoy wearing this lapel to weddings, black-tie events, and red carpet events as well.
- If you have a round face and body, it’s recommended against sporting this type of lapel since it accentuates the roundness.