This one is for the boys! All men should know the top three types of lapels commonly found of blazers and jackets. If not, then continue reading.
Lets begin with Intro to Lapels 101. There are three major sections you need to know.
Male model photo retrieved from Frank & Oak, painting done by me.
Starting from the top, highlighted in blue this is the collar. The collar changes very little from suit to suit.
Marked in red is the actual lapel area, this shape changes depending on the style of lapel.
The break point is marked in yellow. This is the point where the lapel begins to fold or break to create the lapel from the center front.
Used in women's and menswear, a notched lapel is commonly used on single breasted jackets.
I have heard several people describe a notched lapel as looking like a step from the collar to lapel. Sure that works, but I think the easiest way to point out a notched lapel is to imagine the shape of a bird with their mouth open.
Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 retrieved from NY Mag.
Peaked lapels are found commonly on more formal and double breasted blazers/jackets. Can also be called a pointed lapel.
Who am I kidding? I have to include the ladies too. How beautiful is this extremely peaked lapel by Alexander McQueen?
Alexander McQueen Resort 2013 retrieved from Style.com
This version brings together the collar and lapel in one continuous piece. Can be referred to as a shawl collar or shawl lapel.
A shawl collar brings out a more casual feel. Its origin is on a smoking jacket. Hugh Hefner popularized this style of collar/lapel as he was typically seen lounging around in a smoking jacket.
Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 retrieved from LA Times.
Written by Sheila Wong Studios