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Whether you’ve watched Suits and want to follow Harvey Specter into the world of peak lapels, you think the classic James Bond shawl lapel look is coming back into style or you simply admire Barney Stinson’s notched lapel suits, this article has sparked your interest for a reason. We will sum up the difference between the three for you.

Notch Lapel

The notch lapel is by far the most common lapel you will find on a gentleman’s suit jacket. Like your white and blue business shirts, this is the staple suit every gentleman should have for work, interviews, formal events and general casual wear.

If you get away with wearing skinny ties and like the slimmer look, the Society recommends getting a slimmer notch lapel (roughly 2.5 inches). This will best compliment your modern look!

Recommended for: single-breasted suits and sports coats.

Peak Lapel

The peak lapel is what we at the Society call the ‘boss’ lapel. While the peak lapel looks dapper at black tie events, it will be sure to turn heads in the office. As such, the peak lapel evidences confidence, acquiring its ‘boss’ status. It is great for gentlemen looking to impress.

Recommended for: double-breasted suits and pinstriped single-breasted suits.



Shawl Lapel

Understanding the shawl lapel is very easy. It is reserved, and the highly recommended lapel, for tuxedos and dinner jackets.








The Society offers variations of the three lapels listed above, such as that found in the photo below. Ask our stylists for more information if you are feeling a bit adventurous.

Carry on Gentlemen
Suit Society

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