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What's your opinion on wide notch-lapels? Tom Ford/70s type wide.

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

  1. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior member

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    Ralph Lauren seems to have some nice polo suits that fit me very nicely OTR, but they also have 4"+ lapels or so, looks a bit 70s to me. I'm a fan of wide peak lapels, but not really sure if this look will look...dated?


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    I'm in the minority here (again) but I hate them.

    I'm old enough to remember the seventies and I never want to go there again. I don't understand the love they get on here but I prefer not to wear jackets with the slightest memory of Richard Nixon.
     
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  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I've fallen out of favor with the wide lapels. I have both an RL Purple label and a Blue Label with them. They don't get any wear anymore.
     
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    I didn't like peak lapels at first but they definetly grew on me. I purchased this peak lapel sportscoat from suitsupply not too long ago

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    I'll stand with you if you're willing to leave Nixon out of it.
     
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    Will soon look just as dated as they did the first time around.
     
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    Most of the pictures in the thread so far are not 4" lapels - they are much more unless the models are like size 30 chest. I think 4" is fine if you have 42"+ chest. There are various rules of thumb but I think as long as they do not exceed half your chest you are fine. If, on the other hand, you need to pin them to your sleeve to stay in place, you may have gone too far.
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong here, but doesn't bigger lapel suits a person who has a bigger built? Therefore, smaller lapels gives a slimmer silhouette.
     
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    ....not good....looks like a costume. Of course, if you like it, go for it.
     
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    I have a couple wide notch-lapel jackets. For me it's nice to have a little variety, but my go-to is more on the slim side.
     
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    There may be an element of age here. I don't think guys over a certain age look good in skinny lapels so they should logically wear wider lapels (within reason). Also - sometimes (as Parker notes) variety is a good thing.
     
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    I'd rather have too wide than too narrow -- but either extreme pushes ridiculousness. I like my lapels slightly wide. I wear a 36 R, though, so 3.5"-3.75" is the sweet spot for me. The only jackets I see that wear really wide lapels well also have really high gorges -- which has a dramatic effect on how wide the lapel appears.

    I have like 5" lapels on an overcoat, and that's awesome.
     
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    VinnyMac Senior member

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    +1 The large lapels make me think of old man clothes.
     
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    Flusser discussed lapels in proportion to the suit, so the breadth of your shoulders should play a role in the decision. I forget the exact formula, but I believe he said the lapel should extend 4/10 of the distance to the shoulder. So the broader the shoulders, the wide of a lapel would look acceptable.
     
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    Yes - when you see a really old man in a suit with wide lapels it tends to draw compliments.
     
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    On a related note, are PRL suits fused or half-canvassed? I know they're made by Corneliani, and are recent (a year or two).
     
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    20" shoulder = 4" lapel

    I'm down with that.
     
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    One man's narrow is another man's wide.

    However, skinny lapels are a far greater evil than wide lapels.

    4" isn't actually wide, as someone else pointed out, unless you have the frame of a 12-year-old girl.

    There's no way you can call 4" lapels a fad. Timeless tailors like Liverano and Solito make up suits with far wider lapels as standard. Solito's might even be more like 6".
    3" is also far too narrow, verging on skinny.

    I also don't subscribe to the Flusser Formulae. Proportion is obviously important, but it's logically fallacious to choose styling based on your body shape.
     

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