Style FAQ: How many kinds of lapels are there?

HOW MANY KINDS OF LAPELS ARE THERE? Lapels are basically the face of your suits. They are one of the make-it-or-break-it factors of your look. The rule of thumb for lapels: Slimmer lapels work for slimmer bodies, while wider versions are best for bigger builds. There are three common types of lapels, each suitable for different jackets and serving a specific function:


Model is wearing a peaked-lapel blazer
Blazer by Lanvin, Shirt by Canali, Sweater by Hugo Boss, Jeans by Ermenegildo Zegna, Shoes by Tod’s



This type of lapel is called “notched” due to the angle between the end of the collar and the top of the lapel. Most blazers and jackets have notched lapels, and they are the most versatile type of lapel. They can flatter all body types and work well for both casual and office ensembles. Still, you might want to avoid tuxedos and double-breasted blazers sporting this kind of lapel.




Peaked lapels have sharp pointing edges right before the collar. As such, peaked lapels can create a slim and tall silhouette something that every guy can take advantage of. These work best on a double-breasted suits or tuxedos for formal occasions, but it can look equally dashing on an office getup.




Commonly found on tuxedos, shawl lapels do not have any edges or cuts like the other two. They sport a long, flowing curve, just like a shawl. While notched and peaked lapels have been around for decades, shawl lapels are a product of modern dressing inventions. These lapels ooze a more fashion-forward appeal as evident on various red carpets and gala events where suave gents are seen sporting them elegantly.


Photography Haruns Maharbina
Styling Gabriela Batti
Grooming Seto Irawan
Model Renato Freitas/Image Management