Peak lapel single breasted suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bic Pentameter, May 11, 2004.

  1. Bic Pentameter

    Bic Pentameter Senior member

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    I had seen the photo in Flusser's most recent book of two gentlemen from years past wearing single breasted peak lapel suits.  I had seen a few in on-line photos of runway shows.  I have read relatively recent posts by folks expounding on its elegance.  I may have seen one on a manequin at an upscale department store.

    Yesterday, on the subway, I saw a man in his 20's or 30's wearing a  brown suit with a single breasted peak lapel jacket. I have to say that it didn't look terribly flattering on him.  He had on clunky rubber soled shoes, and the jacket was not buttoned.  (Does one always keep these buttoned, even when sitting down, like a double breasted, or unbutton them like a single?)  

    I have gone made to measure for the past 5 years, so I could be the first one on my block to have one, but something tells me that in 2008 it will be collecting dust in my closet.

    Are peak lapel single breates suits going to be go mainstream?  If so, in what fabric, color, and occasion would they be...ahem... suitable?

    Bic
     


  2. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    I own several single breast peak lapel suits. The cut I like the best is RL MTM, two button, duel vented. Second favorite is Oxxford 3 button single breasted peak lapel. In fact, RL has off the rack 3 button peak lapel suits in the Madison Ave. store right now. I dont think they will ever go out of style. They have been around since the 30s, and in my estimation are very flattering on a number of body types. I am tall, broad shouldered, but thin. I like the look of a two button peak lapel suit because it really accentuates the vee shape of my torso without making me look like a NFL linebacker. Additionally, they add a bit of uniqueness and flair that the typical notch lapel lacks.
     


  3. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    I like the look a lot, but coming from me that should sort of say something about how long it will last, as I tend NOT to pick "timeless" styles as my favorite. I think SB peaked-lapel suits in navy with pinstripes look wonderful. I pretty much always prefer single breasted to double breasted, and I think peaked-lapels look great. At the risk of sounding like myself, I am really fond of the Dior homme suits, and many of them have peaked lapels.
     


  4. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    bic pentameter, it doesn't matter whether the style will be going main stream or not. it doesn't matter if it's a cllasic style or not. what does matter is whether or not it's your style.
     


  5. General Koskov

    General Koskov Well-Known Member

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    I think that peak lapels on a coat make it that much more stylish than the same coat with notches. Albeit there are nice notches which outdo some peaks, but your chances of getting a peak which is better than a notch are far greater than the reverse.

    And if you get to detest the peaks, you can always have them cut off (I do not recommend this, however), whereas you cannot have notches filled in with peaks.
     


  6. Phil

    Phil Senior member

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    The main advantage, at least for me, is the great way in which properly proportioned peak lapels really accentuate the vee shape of the torso. They broaden the shoulders, and nip in the waist (through sheer illusion).
     


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    imageWIS Senior member

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    Isn't everything just an illusion? [​IMG] But, yes it does create a very accentuated look, that if you have a slim swimmers build or slightly athletic (not huge though, like super-ripped Mr. Universe), it is a very flattering suit style. For a long time I did not like this style, but as of late, the idea of a single button peaked lapel suit has peaked my interest. Jon.
     


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