What is the proper size and structure for your lapel?

In case you aren't aware, being properly dressed it more than throwing on a suit and tie. You need to have the appropriate appearance of your lapel and the right size lapel to match your build. First, however, it is important to know what the lapel is.


A Lapel Explained


A lapel is the folded flaps on the front of a jacket or coat. Did you know they are important to giving the right impression at an event or a job interview? There are different styles, and the different appearance of your lapel says something to the people you meet.


Lapel Basics: Size and Type


A slim lapel is for those who have a chest size below or equal to 40 inches. Meanwhile, a regular lapel, which is 3 to 3.2 inches, is for someone with a chest size between 36 and 50 inches. Finally, a wide lapel of 3.5 inches is for those who have a chest size of 42 inches or more.


When it comes to the type of lapel, that depends on your intent for your style. There are three types, and each has its place when it comes to events and/or meetings.


A notch lapel is for those who wish to stay conservative and are typically used for more casual garments. They are also the better choice for a suit you will wear to an interview, as it gives your prospective employer the impression you are serious and ready to work.


A peak lapel, by contrast, is bolder and makes a statement as such. For events where a statement is desired, the peak lapel is the way to go. Peak lapels are common on tuxedo jackets and double-breasted jackets. The peak lapel is not something you would wear to work. Instead, consider it an option for a double-breasted suit that is worn for special occasions, rather than the daily grind.


Finally, a shawl lapel is unique in the fact it does not have points like the previous two types of lapel. Instead, it creates a rounded appearance and has a more continuous line toward the center of the jacket. This type of lapel is best worn on a tuxedo or formal dinner jacket.

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