3 Replies to “What’s Better, Peaked Lapels or Notched Lapels?”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    Hope this information helps!

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