As we discussed in a previous article about Different Types of Jacket Lapels, there are three types that are most common: Notched, Peaked, and Shawl. What we didn’t discuss in that article was when to wear each of these jacket types. In this article, we’ll analyze briefly the differences between the three types of lapels to give you an idea of how you can go about making your choices.
The shawl lapel is mostly seen with dinner jackets. This type of lapel was originally designed to fit men with wide shoulders. This type of jacket is associated James Bond by a few circles. The shawl lapel is mostly considered to be the most formal of the 3 jacket lapels and is probably is observed less than the other two as well. As of late, some fashion labels such as Dolce & Gabbana have been pushing this look in recent times:
The peaked lapel is more formal than the notched lapel and less common. Furthermore, this lapel is less formal than the shawl lapel and more common. Wearing a tuxedo with a peaked lapel is very desirable. This jacket was originally designed to give men with smaller frames a frame boost (makes your shoulders look wider). You can see Tom Cruise Wearing a Peaked Lapel Below:
The notched lapel is the most common type of lapel and is also the least formal of the 3 types of lapels (however, this doesn’t mean that if wear a notched lapel that your suit is not formal). You’ll typically see George Clooney wearing this type of lapel quite well: