Help: Poll What to wear for my wedding. Shawl Collar vs. Peak Lapel.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by seattlesf, Mar 20, 2013.

Shawl Collar vs. Peak Lapel

  1. Shawl Collar

    15 vote(s)
    65.2%
  2. Peak Lapel

    8 vote(s)
    34.8%
  1. seattlesf

    seattlesf Senior member

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    I'm getting married soon and am having trouble deciding between a shawl collar or peak lapel tuxedo. I'm getting a really good deal on a J.Crew tuxedo and the fit is good on both. It's more of a modern slim fit and with either style i will be going with black. I'm around 5'11'' 175 and wear a 38R or 38S and 33x30 pant.

    - The venue itself is in Napa and is not at a winery, it's at a more modern hotel/spa.
    - It's an evening wedding starting at 5PM.
    - Around 140 people in a more formal setting.

    Right now i'm leaning towards the shawl collar.

    Shawl:
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    Peak Lapel:
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  2. suited

    suited Senior member

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    Is it during the day?
     


  3. seattlesf

    seattlesf Senior member

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    It's an evening wedding, starts at 5PM.
     


  4. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Shawl is a little bit more casual/intimate. Peak is more formal. What kind of ceremony is it? Will there be a lot of people there?
     


  5. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    If it has to be one of those two, I'd get the shawl since it is one-button. I'm not really a fan of two-button dinner jackets.
     


  6. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

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  7. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Senior member

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    Shawl. Oh I see there is a poal.
     
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  8. seattlesf

    seattlesf Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies everyone, any more insight or suggestions?
     


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  10. comrade

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    Delete Double Post
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  11. E TF

    E TF Senior member

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    I'll repeat what others have said: peak is formal while shawl is relaxed, so you decide which is more appropriate on that front. However in the examples you have posted, the shawl looks better. One button is also more correct than two. Besom pockets are more correct than flapped, so try tucking those flaps in. (Trust you know that neither tie in those pics is correct).
     


  12. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Both shawl and peak are correct for black tie. I prefer shawl because there are few opportunities in life to wear shawl while peak lapels are more common in other garments (e.g. DB suit, blazer, etc.). One button is correct for a SB tuxedo, so if you are choosing between a one button shawl and a two button peak, the answer IMO has to be one button shawl.

    Make sure there are either no vents or two side vents. If there is a single vent, have this sewn shut. Also make sure to get a self-tie bow tie and either a vest or cummerbund in black. I prefer a cummerbund with the shawl and a vest with peak lapels. Make sure it is a proper formal vest (it should be lower cut and not look like you're wearing a suit vest with 5-6 buttons).
     


  13. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    If you must wear a tuxedo for a wedding then do so but with a black bow tie, not a long tie like a piece of string and certainly not with a white tie.
     


  14. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    From those two options, I'd take the peak lapel IF you can get it with only one button. The shawl looks good, but the peak looks just as good. In the end, I think that you'd be less likely to look back at pictures of the peak and think "why did I wear that?"

    ...just one man's opinion. If you REALLY like the shawl, then choose it. As long as the tuxedo fits, you'll be ahead of the curve.
     
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  15. PorDucMan

    PorDucMan Well-Known Member

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    At my wedding (last August), I wore a <gasp> JAB Gold Signature peak lapel dinner jacket, with grosgrain lapels. Yeah, I know that it will only stand-up to a few wears; but, it had all the correct attributes (no vents, besom pockets, single button) and it fit very well. Paired with white Thurston (sp?) braces, a marcella shirt, and grosgrain bow (self-tie), I felt very much at ease. If I wear it more than once a year, I'll be very surprised.
     


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