Double-breasted tuxedo lapels: Go big or go home?

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  1. WahoowaATL

    WahoowaATL New Member

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    I'm considering the vintage tuxedo below, which has so many features I like (besom pockets, no vents, peak lapels, fishtail trousers, and most importantly, good fit). However it has bigger lapels than I had previously considered. Looking here for SF's thoughts.

    I am about 5'9", 145lbs, medium to narrow shoulders. My general sense is that for my body type, wider lapels have the advantage of broadening my shoulders, but the disadvantage of adding a horizontal line to my figure, which is somewhat on the shorter side.

    Tags: Tuxedo, double-breasted, peak lapels, big lapels

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  2. Magnanimist

    Magnanimist Active Member

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    My recommendation: Take a pass on this one. Get something that aligns with your size/proportions.

    You will look much snazzier that way.
     
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    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I actually really like that - buy it.
     
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    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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  5. whnay.

    whnay. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, so. It's a lounge suit - its meant to have a little attitude.
     
  6. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    It just looks old, not smart.
     
  7. robbersarb

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    I'd take a pass.
    Some Tailors can re-cut the lapels if you have the cash but those look very 70s and if you have a narrow figure as you say it will make you look almost comical and will not make your shoulders look broader but narrower.
    To avoid looking dated follow the advice of Will Boehlke and Alan Flusser who both recommend going for something that falls about halfway out across the chest, anything else will become a victim of fashion marching on.
     
  8. Ivar

    Ivar Senior member

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    It's a nice jacket for sure. But the breast pocket sits too close to the armscye, which is gonna look odd when you square it up.
     
  9. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    that tux is sick, I am going to get my next project exactly like that.

    With proportion, I don't think it matters too much, as long as the fit is good. A famous member here is quiet petite and still rocking huge lapels from the famous Italian tailors.
     
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    this. if you have narrow shoulders and are on the short side, you should look for something with a narrower lapel that rolls down and fastens on the lower button below your waist. the points should be higher up on the chest as well.
     

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