At first glance, the folded flaps of cloth on the front of your made-to-measure suit jackets may all look the same. However, the lapel actually comes in three basic forms, each of which corresponds to a different style of jacket and occasion.
The Notch Lapel
The most common variety.
Notch lapels are the standard on single-breasted suits and a safe bet for most guys. You’re not the most guys? Go for the slim lapel version for a more casual look.
The Peak Lapel
A stylish choice for formal occasions.
The peak lapel is often associated with style and refinement and is generally only found on formal coats, tuxedos, and double and single-breasted jackets. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to make a statement, the peak lapel is for you.
The Shawl Lapel
A versatile choice for evening wear.
The shawl lapel is most commonly found on tuxedos and mess jackets. Characterised by its rounded cut, this style is inspired by the smoking jacket and can be a perfectly classy choice for your next formal affair.
2. Buttoning Up
Double-breasted made-to-measure suit jackets are more formal and fashion-forward, and single-breasted suits are more common for every day.
Single Breasted One-Button:
As a standard rule, it is proper suiting etiquette to have your suit buttoned when you are standing or walking, and unbuttoned when sitting. With a one-button suit, this is your only and easiest option.
[We recommend this as two buttons are the standard on suits.]
If you’ve ever done up both buttons on a two-button suit, you’ve probably noticed that it both looks and feels odd. To avoid your suit looking like it is pulling, only have the top button done and leave the second one alone.
Three buttons are ideal for taller men with longer torsos. The more the buttons, the more options you have. With this one, you can just keep it simple by buttoning the middle one, or you could also button the top two. Remember, as with two-button suits, leave the bottom one undone.
Keep in mind that a double-breasted jacket can have up to eight buttons.
The slits or cuts on the back of your suit jacket.
Vents allow for both a tailored fit and easy mobility. Double vents are traditional, whereas single vent is a bit more modern.
There you have it, our quick back-to-basics guide on the options available for our made-to-measure suits.