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Lapel Width Advice

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Hey guys, in my seemingly never ending journey of dressing better I have come to a point to where I would like to start buying more blazers and sport coats. I recently purchased a used J. Crew Ludlow blazer for cheap and I know that J. Crew doesn't get a lot of love here but I couldn't pass it up. I am trying to build a wardrobe based on timeless, classic style. It seems the consensus is that the 2.5" lapel width on the J. Crew's Ludlow is too slim and will look dated in a few years. HOWEVER, I wear a 36S and those 2.5" lapels don't appear so small on that size. What's yall's thoughts? Is 2.5" lapels on a 36S still too skinny or is it about right? I've read it's all about proportions and that you can't take lapel width size by itself if that makes sense. 

post #2 of 5

6.4cm lapels certainly would be narrow, the problem is that most RTW have skinny lapels and so its pretty much become the norm now.

 

For a classic look and assuming you have a normal build then for a 36" chest I'd be thinking more around 9cm

post #3 of 5
3 would be more timeless. This may be a dissenting opinion but I think 2.5 inch lapels will look ok on a 36S jacket.
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Originally Posted by bc78 View Post

3 would be more timeless. This may be a dissenting opinion but I think 2.5 inch lapels will look ok on a 36S jacket.

This is what I was thinking as well. When I measure across, half the distance is right at 3 inches. 

post #5 of 5
3-3.5 is generally a classic width, with 3 on the narrow side. On a 36, 3 is probably good.
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