Have you ever wondered where lapels came from? Who decided that two front panels should be folded over at an angle and fastened to the collar? Furthermore, when did this become an essential part of any formal jacket? Well, back in the day, mens’ coats used to button straight all the way to the neck. When inside, or in hot weather, they would unbutton the top of their coat and fold it over the front of their jacket. And that’s how jacket lapels were born.
There are numerous different lapel types – notch, fish mouth, clover, half clover, peak, shawl, collar peak; we can go on and on. But the most popular lapel types usually are a variation of the following three: notch, peak, and shawl.
There’s a lot of creativity for your own style and taste to shine through with all these lapel types. Customization like lapel width, number of buttons, and neck wear create suave, statement looks.
What style do you prefer?