SUIT LAPEL TYPES

 

 

SUIT LAPEL TYPES

 

Hey guys, Dan Thomas from Image Doctor and Improvemant.com and watch the video above or read the article below to learn the different SUIT LAPEL TYPES.

 

The lapel is the section of the suit that runs from behind the neck/collar and meets the buttons on the front of the suit jacket as you can see below:

 

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There are 2 main considerations when choosing  lapels which is:

  1. The type of lapel
  2. Proportions of your lapels in relation to the size of your general body frame as well as the width of your face.

 

SUIT LAPEL TYPES 

 

There are 3 types of lapels which are the:

 

1 – NOTCH LAPEL

 

 

 

The notch lapel is by far the most common lapel type and is signified by the small triangle shape near the top of the lapel. The notch lapel is the cheapest lapel to manufacture in terms of the amount of material and manual labour required to produce.

 

For these reasons the notch lapel will always be found on off the rack suits as the manufacturers will have been looking for every way possible to cut costs in the mass production of thousands of suits.

 

The notch lapel is widely suitable for all occasions and the most traditional of all lapel types.

 

2 – PEAK LAPEL 

 

 

 

The peak lapel is not as common and could be seen to be slightly more formal than the notch lapel. The peak lapel requires more fabric and manual labour to produce and is therefore less likely found on off the rack suits and more commonly found on made to measure and custom suits.

 

With that said, a peak lapel suit is more than acceptable for both corporate and social settings and can be a good option for shorter men as the shape of the peak lapel creates a vertical line for the eye to follow.

 

3 – SHAWL LAPEL 

And the final option is the shawl lapel which is the least common of the three lapels and signified by a continuous lapel edge with no break or shape in the fabric. Shawl lapels are strictly reserved for tuxedos jackets and formal suiting and not appropriate in business and corporate settings.

 

 

LAPEL PROPORTIONS 

 

Each of the 3 lapels can be designed in varying widths which is a very important consideration when purchasing a new suit, sports coat or blazer. Choosing the correct suit lapel width is a simple yet very important consideration for your image reputation.

 

There are typically 3 lapel width types which are:

 

1 – NARROW LAPEL WIDTH 

 

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ONLY WEAR A NARROW LAPEL IF:

  • You are very skinny and have narrow shoulders as the narrow lapels will be in proportion with your narrow body frame.

 

DON’T WEAR A NARROW LAPEL IF: 

  • You have an average/standard build in which you are not skinny but you’re also not overly broad and muscular as the narrow lapels will not be proportionate with your body frame and your appearance will look odd.
  • You are a very large (overweight or extremely broad and muscular)  as the narrow lapels will not be proportionate with your body frame and your appearance will look exceptionally odd.

 

THE ONLY TIE YOU CAN WEAR WITH NARROW LAPELS IS A:

  • Narrow width tie (not a standard or overly wide width) as your tie MUST be in proportion to the width of your lapels and general body frame.

 

2 – STANDARD LAPEL WIDTH 

 

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ONLY WEAR A STANDARD LAPEL IF:

  • Your body frame is average/standard in that you are not skinny but also not overly broad as the standard lapel width will be in proportion to your body frame.

 

DON’T WEAR A STANDARD LAPEL IF: 

  • You have a skinny/narrow body frame as the standard and wide lapels will not be proportionate with your body frame and your appearance will look odd.
  • You are a very large (overweight or extremely broad and muscular)  as the narrow lapels will not be proportionate with your body frame and your appearance will look exceptionally odd.

 

THE ONLY TIE YOU CAN WEAR WITH STANDARD LAPELS IS A:

  • Standard width tie (not skinny or narrow and not overly wide) as your tie MUST be in proportion to the width of your lapels and general body frame.

 

3 – WIDE LAPEL WIDTH 

 

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ONLY WEAR A WIDE LAPEL IF:

  • Your body frame is large (overweight or very muscular and broad) as you need your lapel to also be wide to maintain the proportions of your body frame.

 

DON’T WEAR A WIDE LAPEL IF: 

  • You have a skinny/narrow body frame as the standard and wide lapels will not be proportionate with your body frame and your appearance will look odd.
  • You are a very large (overweight or extremely broad and muscular)  as the narrow lapels will not be proportionate with your body frame and your appearance will look exceptionally odd.

 

THE ONLY TIE YOU CAN WEAR WITH WIDE LAPELS IS A:

  • Wide widthed tie (not a skinny/narrow or standard width) as your tie MUST be in proportion to the width of your lapels and general body frame.

 

So be sure to keep all these guidelines in mind when you next purchase a suit as a sharp image and the ability to create strong first and on going impressions is made up of a number of small factors which all add up to create a well presented man.

 

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