You see this quite often on DBs, where I understand it's done to save fabric. I don't know if the same economic reason applies here. I agree it's not so aesthetically pleasing. But Cox has been wise enough to pair it with a tie that has served as a toy for the neighbourhood cats, so I didn't even notice the lapels at first. AAS a plain white shirt and a slightly darker shade of grey for the tie might have saved that outfit. At least, the top half.