June 3, 2019

Lapels are the folded flaps of fabric found on the front of a suit jacket or blazer. There are 3 basic forms of lapel and examples of each can be seen by our CE models below.

The Notch Lapel

The Notch Lapel is sewn to the collar at an angle, which forms a “step” effect. This is the most common of the lapel types and is found on the majority of suit jackets and blazers. It’s the least formal of the three main lapel types and is most likely to be seen on office wear or sports jackets.


Recommended for: Work Suits, Sports Jackets, Casual Blazers


The Peak Lapel

The Peak Lapel features a pointed (peaked) finish and is found on most double breasted jackets but also on some single breasted blazers and jackets. We LOVE peak lapels here at CE. It adds a touch of elegance and a subtle distinction to items which would otherwise appear run-of-the-mill. Peak Lapels are the ‘middle-ground’ of formality – more stylish and formal than a notch lapel but not as classy as our final lapel below.



Recommended for: Weddings, Double-Breasted Jackets, Standing out from a crowd (without people knowing why!)

The Shawl Lapel

The Shawl Lapel, is the most formal of the three and is a continuously curving collar usually made from satin and most often seen on tuxedos or dinner jackets. These are usually seen in the extravagent of events such as Weddings, Balls, Red Carpet or other such Gala events. The Shawl lapel is often (but not always) a different colour to the main fabric of the jacket.


Recommended for: Weddings, Balls, Celebrity Events, Gala Celebrations

Tell us which one you prefer and how you would use these lapel types…


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