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Understanding the Three Types of Tuxedo Lapels

peak lapelTuxedos are the pinnacle of men’s fashion. Finding the perfect tux that suits you just right gives you an outfit you can wear for years to come. However, finding that tuxedo can be complicated. What color do you choose? A classic black or an elegant blue or tan? Then, when you pick a color, you need to pick the  style of the lapel. Don’t know where to get started? We’ve got you covered. 

Peak Lapels

A lapel says everything about a suit or tuxedo. If you’re looking for a fashionable, formal, traditional lapel, the peak lapel is the way to go. This style points upward and is partitioned from the top collar. The edges of the lapel point toward the shoulders and resemble a mountain peak. Going to a black tie event? Bring your tuxedo with a peak lapel, and you’ll be in the running for best dressed. This is the most distinguished lapel style, and it commands the most presence. If it’s your wedding day, we recommend this type of lapel or a shawl collar. 

shawl collar

Shawl Collars

Stand out in modern vintage style by wearing a tux with a shawl collar. This less common collar is considered more relaxed, but it’s still black tie appropriate. Shawl collars wrap around your neck to the middle of the jacket. There are no notches, peaks or breaks. Want the shawl look but can’t find a tuxedo that has one? Good news: you can order one! This formal, elegant style of lapel is reminiscent of old Hollywood and Frank Sinatra. 

notch lapel

Notch Lapels

Want to be fashionable without going black tie? Try a tuxedo with a notch lapel. This lapel style is more common in suits but is also seen in tuxedo jackets. Unlike peak lapels that point up, these lapels point out. They give the appearance that a small v-shaped incision has been made on each side of the jacket. This is the least formal type of lapel, so it’s not appropriate for a black-tie event. However, it’s perfectly suitable for a groomsman in a wedding, as it’s more subtle than the other styles. 

Other Types

For most occasions, one of these three types of lapels would be perfect. However, there are a few other types of lapels to be aware of. Some tuxedos come with pleated or double lapels. There are self (same material) lapels with satin trim and vice versa. These can give you a distinct look at a party or networking event. For a black tie event, you’re better off sticking with a peak or shawl-style lapel.

Did you find a great suit or tuxedo, but the lapel isn’t the perfect fit? Do you want to change up your look to get more mileage out of the suit or tuxedo you have? Discover the variety of lapels that The Lapel Project has to offer, or connect with us online to make a custom order. We’re here to make men’s fashion accessible, affordable and flexible.

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