Choosing a suit or tux is hard enough on its own (especially if it’s for your wedding), without the added stress of lapels. Bet you never even thought about it. A lapel was just a lapel on every other suit jacket you’ve ever worn. But now there’s options and it’s just confusing.
You don’t have to worry, we promise. It’s easy to get the hang of lapels and you generally don’t have to worry about choosing between them. There are three common types of lapels: Notch, Peak, and Shawl. Suits usually only come in either a notch or peak lapel style and each color suit will have already chosen the style of lapel for you. Unless of course, you’re looking a lapels first and them color.
It’s tuxes that can get a little more complicated. Most shops you’d get a tuxedo, whether it’s online or in person, will offer a black tuxedo with any of the three styles. Each lapel look says something a little bit different, so we’re here to explain each one and the best time to wear them.
See that indentation in the lapel near the neck were the top of the collar and the bottom of the lapel join? That’s the “notch”. The depth and placement of the notch varies. The notch is the most common of lapel for a good reason: it’s extremely versatile and looks appropriate on everything from a linen suit to a tuxedo. When in doubt, go for the notch!
When to wear a Notch Lapel
Wear a notch lapel when you need a traditional, classic look. You’ll fit in regardless of what everyone else may be wearing.
Peak lapels point upward at the seam and are traditionally more formal. They’re commonly used in tuxedos and morning coats to denote an upscale occasion. These days, the peak is increasingly seen in a variety of suit styles, including everyday suits. It gives a jacket a sense of drama and elongates the wearer. Perfectly constructed, peaked lapels are highly regarded, and can be expensive as they are the most difficult to craft.
When to wear a Peak Lapel
You can’t go wrong wearing a Peak Lapel at a black tie event. This is your chance to give yourself an added “James Bond” air of mystery and effortless class, which will also help you exude confidence.
The shawl lapel frames the face with its elegant rounded edge. It’s most commonly found on tuxedos and dinner jackets —a classic choice with a modern edge. That said, you won’t generally find a shawl lapel on anything other than a tuxedo or dinner jacket.
When to wear a Shawl Lapel
Wear a Shawl Lapel when you’re going for a more nostalgic, yesteryear look. It’s a great option when attending formal events (such as red carpet galas) or when hosting a party at home.
Now that you’re set on the know-how for suit and tuxedo lapel styles, you’re ready to choose one for yourself. With 21 suit and tuxedo styles and thousands of accessory options, we’re sure you can find the perfect look to make your union extraordinary.View Collection
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