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Poll Results: Skinny or Wide Lapels

 
  • 32% (49)
    Skinny Lapels
  • 61% (94)
    Wide Lapels
  • 5% (9)
    No Lapels
152 Total Votes  
post #46 of 81
I am 5"11, 40 chest and 33 waist.

I think 3.5 inches is the minimal for me. At least 4 inches

The recent GB bespoke Russell only happy to do a 3.5 inches.....
post #47 of 81
Skinny lapels = 1960's Madmen look with sack suit or you'll look like a member of The Knack with slimfit suit.

Wide lapels = 1970's disco fever.

Medium lapels = classic and less likely to become dated.

I'm not voting until the medium lapel option is included.
post #48 of 81
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Originally Posted by calogero View Post

It looks like something my grandpa would have worn. Vomit.
When I reworked the will last week, I remembered this comment. wink.gif

Honestly, one day -- if you are lucky -- you'll comprehend its appeal.
Edited by RSS - 4/7/12 at 5:34pm
post #49 of 81
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Originally Posted by Gdot View Post

I'm 5'-8", 155lb, about 38-39" chest and have wide shoulders for my size. The widest lapel and tie that I am currently wearing are about 3-1/4".

When buying for the long haul (high quality for meetings and client contact days) I always stick with the 'perfect' proportion for me of 3" to 3-1/4" inches.

pretty much the same. 5'8'', 125lbs, 35'' chest, 17.5'' shoulders, 3-3 1/4'' ties and lapels.

lapel width is not a totally independant variable. i like my suits to be form-fitting but not exaggeratedly slim. my jacket has to cover my ass, and i don't want my trousers to show off my skinny thighs and such.
post #50 of 81
I think I personally seen lapels go from skinny to wide and ack about three times in my adult life, post Disco, late 90s Matrix and Mad Men. I think the "average lapel over the long haul has been about three and five eights with ties matching in width more or less. One VERY important detail not mentioned yet is the impact of high or low gorges on the overall look when combined with lapel width.

Wide lapels and a low gorge make you look like the suit is a holdover from the Miami Vice days and high gorges and skinny lapels kinda look dumb. Personally I try to stay around the average, slight preference for Gillian and high gorge.

Time to ditch the skinny lapel skinny suits, Moore's, Canada's answer to Men's Warehouse, is now pushing these suits. When a trend like that reaches a store likes Moore's, it is so over. Pretty soon every schlepp's grad and church suit will look like that. Mad Men finally arrives for the sartorially unwashed. Give it a couple of years and we'll see lapel so wide, they could fly to Hawaii again. I don't play this game any more.
post #51 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by Octoberfile View Post

Skinny lapels = 1960's Madmen look with sack suit or you'll look like a member of The Knack with slimfit suit.
Wide lapels = 1970's disco fever.
Medium lapels = classic and less likely to become dated.
I'm not voting until the medium lapel option is included.

+1. Stupid premise: Which extreme would you choose? Neither.

I did see a coworker in a ultra slim lapel a couple of weeks ago. He was slim, but I still could not stop noticing how silly it looked. This was at a client facing meeting.
post #52 of 81
I just received my made-to-measure Samuelsohn tuxedo. I am 5'10. 38"chest, 32 waist. 160lbs.

I am a little disappointed with the size of my lapels. I wanted larger ones but they came with only 3" lapels. I was told by the sales associate, whom I trust and is very knowledgeable that the lapels shouldn't be too much wider given my chest size and that they would protrude over the welt pocket. Does this ring true for most members of this forum? Is the limit of one's lapels dictated by the how much of the welt pocket is covered and thus chest size?

Curious to see if there's a chart out there showing the limits of each lapel size given the size of one's chest.
post #53 of 81

More like the mdium or standard size lapels as opposed to the extremely skinny or or overtly large lapels.

post #54 of 81

I bought a Borrelli SC recently that has larger-than-I'm-used-to lapels and I am really warming to it. They give the impression of the jacket being wrapped around for upper body and shoulders, a very relaxed look I think.

post #55 of 81

I have no jacket with lapels wider than 2.5" but whether something is fashionable or not doesn't worry me in the slightest. You can wear whatever you want provided you get the look right e.g. You wouldn't wear narrow lapels with flared trousers, well you could but you'd just look daft. Getting the balance right is an artform in itself.

post #56 of 81
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Originally Posted by Ivon View Post

I think I personally seen lapels go from skinny to wide and ack about three times in my adult life, post Disco, late 90s Matrix and Mad Men. I think the "average lapel over the long haul has been about three and five eights with ties matching in width more or less. One VERY important detail not mentioned yet is the impact of high or low gorges on the overall look when combined with lapel width.
Wide lapels and a low gorge make you look like the suit is a holdover from the Miami Vice days and high gorges and skinny lapels kinda look dumb. Personally I try to stay around the average, slight preference for Gillian and high gorge.
Time to ditch the skinny lapel skinny suits, Moore's, Canada's answer to Men's Warehouse, is now pushing these suits. When a trend like that reaches a store likes Moore's, it is so over. Pretty soon every schlepp's grad and church suit will look like that. Mad Men finally arrives for the sartorially unwashed. Give it a couple of years and we'll see lapel so wide, they could fly to Hawaii again. I don't play this game any more.

 

+1 on the gorges - I like my lapels at about the same level is my tie knot.

post #57 of 81
Any thoughts on lapel over welt pocket?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cigarboy View Post

I just received my made-to-measure Samuelsohn tuxedo. I am 5'10. 38"chest, 32 waist. 160lbs.
I am a little disappointed with the size of my lapels. I wanted larger ones but they came with only 3" lapels. I was told by the sales associate, whom I trust and is very knowledgeable that the lapels shouldn't be too much wider given my chest size and that they would protrude over the welt pocket. Does this ring true for most members of this forum? Is the limit of one's lapels dictated by the how much of the welt pocket is covered and thus chest size?
Curious to see if there's a chart out there showing the limits of each lapel size given the size of one's chest.
post #58 of 81
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cigarboy View Post

I just received my made-to-measure Samuelsohn tuxedo. I am 5'10. 38"chest, 32 waist. 160lbs.
I am a little disappointed with the size of my lapels. I wanted larger ones but they came with only 3" lapels. I was told by the sales associate, whom I trust and is very knowledgeable that the lapels shouldn't be too much wider given my chest size and that they would protrude over the welt pocket. Does this ring true for most members of this forum? Is the limit of one's lapels dictated by the how much of the welt pocket is covered and thus chest size?
Curious to see if there's a chart out there showing the limits of each lapel size given the size of one's chest.

No. I like about a 4 inch lapel and I'm a size 38L.
post #59 of 81

Does anyone else think of the lapel size in terms of age?

 

They are both nice, but in my mind wide lapels fit men 40+, skinny lapels on men 25-35. I don't know why that's my image, but it is.

post #60 of 81
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jamesphw View Post

Does anyone else think of the lapel size in terms of age?

They are both nice, but in my mind wide lapels fit men 40+, skinny lapels on men 25-35. I don't know why that's my image, but it is.

Maybe, but I'm 22 and like wider lapels.
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