From left to right: Notched lapel, Peaked lapel, Shawl collar
The most commonly seen lapel, the notched lapel is very versatile and adaptable. It pairs well with one or two button suits and can be carried off beautifully by any body type. Although narrow and slim notched lapels are all the rage right now, we recommend picking up a lapel according to your body type. If you are lean with a narrow chest, consider a skinny notched lapel. Those with a medium built can consider a notched lapel that is three inches at its widest. Men who are broad-chested and broad-shouldered can choose the classic notched lapel that is rolled to 3.25 inches.
Peaked lapels are best described as aggressive, dramatic and eyeball grabbing. A must for double breasted suits, a lot of designers have used the peaked lapels in single-breasted jackets as well, showing us that when done right anything can be stylish and elegant. Formal events like weddings, black tie dinners and the likes call for a peaked lapel. Noticeable by its pointed cut, peaked lapels give an impression of broad shoulders. The peak that finishes on the collar bone creates an illusion of height in shorter men and/or those who are a few pounds heavier. The peaked lapel elevates the appearance of men with a wider physique.
The shawl collar is a rolled lapel minus a notch or peak. It is rounded with soft edges and usually very thin. Shawl collars suit most body types but are best suited for men who are big in the chest and arm area and do not want to bring more attention to it by wearing a peaked lapel. Avoid it if you have a round face or physique since the rounded edges will only make you seem more stout. Only meant for formal dinner jackets and tuxedo suits, it is often seen on the red carpet and black tie affairs, balls, galas or award ceremonies.
Written By : Bushra S Khan