Ask the Tailor: Should My Lapel Be Notched or Peaked?

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Each month we ask our expert tailors to address one of your most frequent questions. This month we’re addressing lapels: should you choose notched or peaked?

Lapels are an excellent example of how the small decisions you make during the tailoring process will vastly affect the final look of your suit. 

Whether you choose a notched or peaked lapel may seem fairly arbitrary, but each option will produce a very different final product.

Not sure which one is the right look for you? We’ve argued the case on both sides below. 

The case for notched

A notched lapel is the usual choice for most single-breasted jackets and blazers. It’s created when the lapel is attached to the collar of your jacket at an angle, making a triangle shape. The size of this triangle can vary a great deal, which opens up many different design opportunities.

This option may be right for you if you want a less formal look. Slimmer notched lapels offer a classic, streamlined look that’s ideal for the office, date nights or smart/casual social occasions. 

The case for peaked

Peaked lapels were traditionally used mainly on double-breasted and dinner jackets, as they are considered the most formal option. In this style, the tip of the lapel points upwards, creating a peak. 

This option is probably right for you if you are on the hunt for a formal jacket. Alternatively, peaked lapels can also look great on single breasted jackets and lapels. This is ideal for gentlemen who like to make a statement with their tailoring. 

Which one is right for you?

Still not sure which lapel type is right for you? We’d be happy to talk you through your options. Why not book a bespoke tailoring appointment with us?

Next month we’ll be asking our tailors to give us a briefing on another frequently asked tailing question. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss it.