Posted by menstyleqa on Apr 6, 2012 in Jackets & Coats, Men's Clothing | 3 comments
If I’m having a casual, non-suit jacket made, what kind of lapel should I have? Notched or peak?
I would generally say that notch lapels would be more normal for a casual jacket. A peak lapel isn’t technically wrong, but it does have a little more of a dressy feel to it.
A dark navy blazer might take peak lapels, particularly if you’re looking for a way to differentiate it from other men’s navy blazers. And if it’s a double-breasted blazer (fairly unusual but certainly classic and appropriate) it should always take a peak lapel, like any double-breasted jacket.
Alternatively, if you’re having the jacket made custom for you, there is a style called a “sport lapel” that you’ll almost never see on off-the-rack clothes. It’s got a slightly longer tab on one lapel (usually the left) with a buttonhole, so that you could fold the lapels together and button them under your neck if you wanted to. Of course, you need a button on the opposite side for it to be useful, but it is an interesting and practical option for casual jackets.
Our video on jacket lapel types, from the RealMenRealStyle YouTube channel:
A notch lapel is usually worn for a casual outfit. To make a peak lapel more casual, find one with a less dressy fabric such as linen, hopsack or chambray or selecting a subtler peak if the fabric is wool or silk.
Hope this information helps!
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