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Wide vs Skinny Lapel

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Superfluous, Jul 19, 2011.

Skinny or Wide Lapels

  1. Skinny Lapels

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    30.1%
  2. Wide Lapels

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    63.3%
  3. No Lapels

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    6.6%
  1. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    Assuming you couldn't have a standard width lapel on a suit/sport coat, would you rather go with a skinny or a wide lapel?

    Personally, I hate skinny lapels and kinda like wide lapels, thoughts?



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  2. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    uhm, wide. I may have said narrow about 5 years ago though.
     
  3. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Wide is certainly the up and coming trend. If for no reason than nearly everybody now owns a skinny lapel suit and the fashion industry must create demand for new garments. Thus lapels will be widening without fail in the next few years - mark my words.

    Other than that it is largely a matter of what is right for your particular build/body. A tall thin man, or a stocky built man tends to look good in very wide lapels. Shorter men of normal to slighter build tend to look better with smaller lapels. (In general)

    I personally like a really wide (like 1940's wide) FU lapel most - but don't wear them as I'm not a big guy.

    In any case - the current skinny lapel look is doomed as all style trends are doomed from the moment they begin - that is their very nature.
     
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  4. tobiasj

    tobiasj Senior member

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    Well, it's interesting: in my pre-SF days (six months ago; I'm a newb) I would've answered this question according to current fashions. Now I'm inclined to think about what best suits my particular body. I'm a skinny guy (36 jacket), medium height, but I've got a big head, so a little collar and skinny lapels just make me look even more like a chupa chup (sorry, Australian reference?). I need bigger shirt collars and wider lapels to balance out that area of my body.

    Like the last poster said: fashions will change. Find out what suits you and stick to it in order to win.
     
  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    If this question was asked in 2007 up until 2009, then I would have answered narrow. Now my answer is wide.
     
  6. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    This; it's really about the right proportions.
     
  7. RSS

    RSS Senior member

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    I'd prefer to go wide if I can't have 'just right.'

    I have one great old Chester Barrie coat from way back in the 70s ... and the lapel is far too wide. That said, the cloth and colorway are so outstanding that I wear it anyway as a 'knock around' coat.

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  8. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    I dunno where all these skinny lapel suits are being worn but I certainly haven't seen many/any in real life.

    I'm aware of the whole Mad Men is the shit vs. Mad Men is shit debate but it's completely passed me by.

    Anyway I've always loved the sixties mod style, and I lived through those hideous wingspan monstrosities of the seventies. Tom Ford can kiss my arse, I prefer skinny!
     
  9. anginaprinzmetal

    anginaprinzmetal Senior member

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    same place were skinny ties are born ... :D
     
  10. yoshii

    yoshii Senior member

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    hahaha i was wondering when his name would be brought up. His lapels look ridiculously wide!
    i think i'd still lean more towards a skinnier lapel as i feel it suits me better (though not extremely skinny, as it looks stupid...imo).
     
  11. apolishedman

    apolishedman Active Member

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    i'm a smaller guy, so i prefer narrower (not super skinny). i think larger lapels can look great on some men though.
     
  12. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Give me skinny over wide any day. Trend of no trend, narrow looks more elegant. Wide is clownish. :hide:
     
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  13. cc3peat

    cc3peat Well-Known Member

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    ^agreed. Extremely skinny can look silly but extremely wide lapels always look ridiculous. But in general it really applies to the person's body type and proportions, as stated earlier.
     
  14. PMac

    PMac Well-Known Member

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    Assuming we are not talking extremes here, I would go with a wider lapel over a skinny lapel.
     
  15. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's a tough one. I used to loathe wide lapels, but now I really like them (well, not too wide, but wider than I used to like). But, the rest of the jacket shape has to work with it. Everything in balance. Some things from the 70s look way out of proportion.

    I guess if I "had" to choose, I'd opt for too narrow than too wide.


    That fabric is sexy.
     
  16. RSS

    RSS Senior member

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    But I should have someone tackle the lapels and make them just right. I asked a London tailor, but he refused.

    It's the perfect coat for a Cal game. Too bad I didn't go there.
     
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  17. jrd617

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    +2. If you're thinner, then you would go with the skinny option. If you're bigger, go with wide.
     
  18. IsteRed

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    i'd choose wide over skinny anyday,even if i had option of normal lapels i'd prefer a little wider,that's the way i like it.
     
  19. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    I'm a recent convert to wide lapels. I'm a shorter / wider build so I don't think it looks too bad.
    This is the widest I have at the mo. I'm pretty sure this falls in the "FU" width category:

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  20. shakattk

    shakattk Well-Known Member

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    I like slightly narrow lapels and standard, medium width too. Wide lapels look excessive and flamboyant to me and skinny ones look too trendy. I like balance. It's nice to be ahead of the curve but I prefer looking current.
     

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