The humble lapel is one of the key factors to ensure your suit is not only age appropriate but also able to suit your lifestyle.  The lapel often goes unnoticed and time and time again considered an afterthought. Yet there are four different lapels that we offer here at George & King which you can match to any style suit you choose.

 


THE NOTCH LAPEL

Notch Lapel

The Notch lapel is the most common and traditional of lapel options.

Lifestyle:
The Notch lapel is perfect for the every day business man. It is a wardrobe staple, perfect for your first or second suit. It is super versatile so perfect for an interview, while also suitable for special occasions or weddings.

Who should wear it:
All body types can rock this look. It is the perfect width to be flattering on any body shape and size. Also works in favour for those who are a little more short and stocky.

What type of suit:
The notch is ideal for single breasted suits and sports jackets. The lapel style is not usually worn in double-breasted suits or tuxedos.

 


THE SLIM NOTCH LAPEL

Slim Notch Lapel

The slim notch is a slimmer version of the normal notch. It is about 0.5 inches slimmer, and is  a much more contemporary/ modern look.

Lifestyle:
A slim notch is perfect for both business wear and special occasions. Slim notches are a great all rounder as it gives the classic suit a little more of a contemporary look, perfect for weddings.

Who should wear it:
Slim notch lapels flatter and maintain the proportions of slimmer, taller people. We do not recommend this lapel style if you are the opposite of this description as it will widen your appearance.

What type of suit:
Again, like the notch lapel, slim notch lapels work great with single breasted suits and sport jackets.

 


THE PEAK LAPEL

Peak Lapel

The peak lapels are traditionally considered the most formal of lapels, this is because it is the most intricate lapel to tailor. However these days they're a great way to differentiate yourself from folks who have opted for the typical notch lapel.

Lifestyle:
Weddings are a perfect place to sport a peak lapel, black tie events are also perfect. And if you want to try something different at work, peak lapels are the way to go.

Who should wear it:
Peak lapels can often create an illusion of height, due to the upward points of the lapel. This elongated effect can also be quite slimming, which should be tried by everyone.

What type of suit:
Double breasted style jackets almost always have a this kind of lapel. Single breasted jackets can also be jazzed up with a peak lapel, adding a point of difference. Peak lapels also look great with checked patterns or pinstripes.

 


THE SHAWL LAPEL

Shawl Suit Lapel

Usually only associated with dinner suits, the shawl lapel is a perfect match for black tie events and very special occasions, like going to the Oscars or channeling James Bond.

Lifestyle:
Red carpet moments, black tie events, and formal weddings.

Who should wear it:
Almost all body types can pull this one off. We do, however, warn you against this ne if you have an extrememly round face. The rounded lapel shape will accentuate this. If this is you, you can always create a tuxedo with a peak or notch lapel.

What type of suit:
Always pair with tuxedos. Sometimes you may find a shawl lapel on a quirky looking sports jacket. This is very rare, but there is a first time for everything.