Posted by menstyleqa on Mar 19, 2012 in Jackets & Coats, Men's Clothing, Men's Suits | 3 comments
can you mention something about Peaked vs Notched lapels? i’d like to hear ur opinion. please
Notched lapels are the most common style. They’re just a straight-sided lapel with a little triangular “notch” cut out of the outer edge near the top. These are safe, inoffensive options that work in almost any setting. The one exception would be black tie — they’re making tuxedo jackets with notch lapels these days, but to true dressers that’ll always be a little tacky, even if they did put it in a James Bond movie.
Peaked lapels have a little upward-pointing “peak” at the top instead of a notch in the side. They flare outward, some more than others. The bigger the peaks the more dramatic (and the less formal) the effect — keep them restrained for business dress. It’s a less common option and a good way to add some personal flair to an otherwise-ordinary suit. They’re acceptable in most settings, and can be used on a classic dinner jacket or tuxedo.
Shawl lapels (not mentioned in the question) are the other traditional style for formalwear. There’s no notch or peak; rather, the lapel goes all the way around the neck unbroken to make a “shawl” collar. These are only seen on formalwear, and would not be appropriate on a normal business suit.
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All about lapel styles, from the Real Men Real Style YouTube channel:
Jacket Lapel Styles
Peaked lapels are standard on any double-breasted suit and almost always worn on formal jackets like tuxedo and tail coats while the Notched lapel is standard on all single-breasted jackets. It actually depends on the suit you’re wearing whether it’s double-breasted or single-breasted.
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