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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  2. Wide Lapels

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  3. No Lapels

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  1. 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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  2. 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.
     


  3. IsteRed

    IsteRed Senior member

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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.
     


  4. 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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  5. 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.
     


  6. David Reeves

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    I think Ill always look like a modernist whatever I wear. I think mod styling can be wildly varied, its more about attitude, quality and neat attention to detail than overt styling choices although they are certainly signifiers. For example I sort of think that whatever David Bowie wears he always looks like a modernist. I was lucky enough to be involved with making a suit for James Brown once that had 3 vents....now that was totally mod!

    Not that Im being combative, just my thoughts.
     


  7. Agatha Crusty

    Agatha Crusty Senior member

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    The photo of the peak lapel suit the OP posted is not really wide, just peaked, mid-width lapels. I'd be happy with that. The very skinny lapels that turned up in mod/Ska revival of the very late 70s and early 80s put me off (though I probably thought they were cool in the 80s).

    Anyhow if Mad Men goes on into the 70s we get some serious lapel widths and loud checked fabrics.
     


  8. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like a narrow lapel. Liked it before the recent fad, will like it after. But it's really a question of extremes. A tiny, barely-there lapel looks silly, but so does an enormous, shoulder-spanning '70s lapel.

    In general, I think the '60s looks have better stood the test of time than did the stuff from the late '70s. Conspicuous excess, in general, doesn't hold up well in the harsh light of day. The party's fun, but once the sun comes up, you start wondering how things went so out of control.

    It's interesting to see the shift in SF tastes with the changing fashions. A few years ago, the wide lapel would have drawn laughs, or at least been dismissed as dated. How many poor coats have been returned to thrift shops because the forum deemed their lapels too wide?
     


  9. yachtie

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    It goes by your size and body type- skinny guy, skinny lapel - big guy, big lapel. As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't change with the times.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Everyone can look good in a narrow lapel. :inlove:

    Compare this tastefully narrow peak on a larger fellow:

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    with this middle-of-the-road lapel on a smaller fellow:

    [​IMG]
     


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    Would look better with an additional 3/4" IMO

    Skinny long face, stingy brim on the bowler and an skinny lapel- works (could even go down 1/4")
     


  12. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think it's perfection.:inlove: :inlove:

    I'd would, without hesitation, patronize any tailor I thought could give me a convincing version of that suit and not a disappointing simulacrum.

    See, I don't like anything about that pic. Bowler too big, lapels too large, vest too gimmicky. Ralph, as you note, has all the right features for narrower lapels, yet they didn't give them to him. Instead, he looks like a kid playing dress up in dad's clothes.

    If there must be a faux Steed, at least put him in proper Steed-style gear.

    Gratuitous bonus pic posted solely because I hadn't seen before:

    [​IMG]
     


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    Well, not solely ... But I hadn't seen it before.
     


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    That doesn't make sense. Your logic suggests that one should scale up the lapel size according to the width of the wearer. That means, proportionately, everyone's lapels would be exactly the same width. That doesn't mean big guys would have wide lapels, and skinny guys accordingly skinny lapels; but rather, everyone would just have 'normal' lapels. (Even if you were scaling exponentially for some bizarre reason, it wouldn't have any logic to it.)

    Thus, the lapel's proportionate width is a stylistic choice, and has nothing to do with one's width or height.

    I like wide lapels, especially if it's a notch: Corneliani style.
     
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    My Lapels are the same width as my tie. That is about 2.5"-3" at their widest point. I find this keeps a nice balance. For my wider ties, I have wider lapels.
     


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