Suit Lapels, peak, notch, shawl, wide notch, wide peak
The lapel is the fabric that runs from the button, around the neck, back down to the button. Not only are there the peak, notch, and shawl but there is 2" all the way to 4.5" if you would like. How do you know what to pick for your body type? Let's talk about five of your options.

I'll mention as well, when we are talking about the width, it is at the widest point where the notch or peak in the lapel comes out.


Suit Lapel, Suit Lapels, lapels, standard notch
  • This is the most common and it is perfect for all occasions.
  • Usually sits at about 3" to 3.5" wide.


Suit Lapel, Suit Lapels, lapels, slim notch
  • For the skinnier Gentleman, otherwise steer clear.
  • Make sure the width of the tie and your dress shirt collar matches the width of the lapel.
  • Choose 2" to 2.5" wide.


Suit Lapel, Suit Lapels, lapels, peak, wide peak
  • A peak lapel is generally used for a power suit. The wider the lapels the more of a statement it makes.
  • The width should be based on the width of your shoulders.
  • Peak lapel always goes with a double breasted suit.
  • Usually between 3" to 4.5" wide.


Suit Lapel, Suit Lapels, lapels, notch, wide notch
  • The alternative to the above wide peak.
  • For a power suit and those with broad shoulders.
  • Make sure your tie width and dress shirt collar width match.
  • Generally between 3.75" to 4.5" wide.


Suit Lapel, Suit Lapels, lapels, shawl, tuxedo
  • Reserved for a tuxedo with piped pockets.
  • Unless you really want to make a style statement leave it with the tuxedo.
The golden rule, the width of your tie and the width of your dress shirt should match the width of your lapel. A wide 4.5" peak lapel should not be worn with a 2" slim tie. It's all about proportions. 

​This is meant to be a quick rundown so if you have any questions please comment below.

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