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Poll Results: Skinny or Wide Lapels

 
  • 32% (48)
    Skinny Lapels
  • 61% (92)
    Wide Lapels
  • 6% (9)
    No Lapels
149 Total Votes  
post #16 of 81
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post

That fabric is sexy.
But I should have someone tackle the lapels and make them just right. I asked a London tailor, but he refused.

It's the perfect coat for a Cal game. Too bad I didn't go there.
Edited by RSS - 7/20/11 at 5:02pm
post #17 of 81
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

Wide is certainly the up and coming trend. If for no reason than nearly everybody now owns a skinny lapel suit and the fashion industry must create demand for new garments. Thus lapels will be widening without fail in the next few years - mark my words.

Other than that it is largely a matter of what is right for your particular build/body. A tall thin man, or a stocky built man tends to look good in very wide lapels. Shorter men of normal to slighter build tend to look better with smaller lapels. (In general)

I personally like a really wide (like 1940's wide) FU lapel most - but don't wear them as I'm not a big guy.

In any case - the current skinny lapel look is doomed as all style trends are doomed from the moment they begin - that is their very nature.

+2. If you're thinner, then you would go with the skinny option. If you're bigger, go with wide.
post #18 of 81
i'd choose wide over skinny anyday,even if i had option of normal lapels i'd prefer a little wider,that's the way i like it.
post #19 of 81
I'm a recent convert to wide lapels. I'm a shorter / wider build so I don't think it looks too bad.
This is the widest I have at the mo. I'm pretty sure this falls in the "FU" width category:

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post #20 of 81
I like slightly narrow lapels and standard, medium width too. Wide lapels look excessive and flamboyant to me and skinny ones look too trendy. I like balance. It's nice to be ahead of the curve but I prefer looking current.
post #21 of 81
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Originally Posted by Ianiceman View Post

I dunno where all these skinny lapel suits are being worn but I certainly haven't seen many/any in real life.

I'm aware of the whole Mad Men is the shit vs. Mad Men is shit debate but it's completely passed me by.

Anyway I've always loved the sixties mod style, and I lived through those hideous wingspan monstrosities of the seventies. Tom Ford can kiss my arse, I prefer skinny!


I think Ill always look like a modernist whatever I wear. I think mod styling can be wildly varied, its more about attitude, quality and neat attention to detail than overt styling choices although they are certainly signifiers. For example I sort of think that whatever David Bowie wears he always looks like a modernist. I was lucky enough to be involved with making a suit for James Brown once that had 3 vents....now that was totally mod!

Not that Im being combative, just my thoughts.
post #22 of 81
The photo of the peak lapel suit the OP posted is not really wide, just peaked, mid-width lapels. I'd be happy with that. The very skinny lapels that turned up in mod/Ska revival of the very late 70s and early 80s put me off (though I probably thought they were cool in the 80s).

Anyhow if Mad Men goes on into the 70s we get some serious lapel widths and loud checked fabrics.
post #23 of 81
I like a narrow lapel. Liked it before the recent fad, will like it after. But it's really a question of extremes. A tiny, barely-there lapel looks silly, but so does an enormous, shoulder-spanning '70s lapel.

In general, I think the '60s looks have better stood the test of time than did the stuff from the late '70s. Conspicuous excess, in general, doesn't hold up well in the harsh light of day. The party's fun, but once the sun comes up, you start wondering how things went so out of control.

It's interesting to see the shift in SF tastes with the changing fashions. A few years ago, the wide lapel would have drawn laughs, or at least been dismissed as dated. How many poor coats have been returned to thrift shops because the forum deemed their lapels too wide?
post #24 of 81
It goes by your size and body type- skinny guy, skinny lapel - big guy, big lapel. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't change with the times.
post #25 of 81
Everyone can look good in a narrow lapel. inlove.gif

Compare this tastefully narrow peak on a larger fellow:

peak.jpg

with this middle-of-the-road lapel on a smaller fellow:

middle.jpg
post #26 of 81
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

Everyone can look good in a narrow lapel. inlove.gif

Compare this tastefully narrow peak on a larger fellow:

peak.jpg

Would look better with an additional 3/4" IMO
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with this middle-of-the-road lapel on a smaller fellow:

middle.jpg

Skinny long face, stingy brim on the bowler and an skinny lapel- works (could even go down 1/4")
post #27 of 81
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post


Would look better with an additional 3/4" IMO

I think it's perfection.inlove.gifinlove.gif

I'd would, without hesitation, patronize any tailor I thought could give me a convincing version of that suit and not a disappointing simulacrum.
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Skinny long face, stingy brim on the bowler and an skinny lapel- works (could even go down 1/4")

See, I don't like anything about that pic. Bowler too big, lapels too large, vest too gimmicky. Ralph, as you note, has all the right features for narrower lapels, yet they didn't give them to him. Instead, he looks like a kid playing dress up in dad's clothes.

If there must be a faux Steed, at least put him in proper Steed-style gear.

Gratuitous bonus pic posted solely because I hadn't seen before:

john-steed-emma-peel.jpg
post #28 of 81
Well, not solely ... But I hadn't seen it before.
post #29 of 81
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post

It goes by your size and body type- skinny guy, skinny lapel - big guy, big lapel. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't change with the times.

That doesn't make sense. Your logic suggests that one should scale up the lapel size according to the width of the wearer. That means, proportionately, everyone's lapels would be exactly the same width. That doesn't mean big guys would have wide lapels, and skinny guys accordingly skinny lapels; but rather, everyone would just have 'normal' lapels. (Even if you were scaling exponentially for some bizarre reason, it wouldn't have any logic to it.)

Thus, the lapel's proportionate width is a stylistic choice, and has nothing to do with one's width or height.

I like wide lapels, especially if it's a notch: Corneliani style.
Edited by Loathing - 7/22/11 at 9:25am
post #30 of 81
My Lapels are the same width as my tie. That is about 2.5"-3" at their widest point. I find this keeps a nice balance. For my wider ties, I have wider lapels.
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