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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

    50 vote(s)
    30.1%
  2. Wide Lapels

    105 vote(s)
    63.3%
  3. No Lapels

    11 vote(s)
    6.6%
  1. andrewgreg

    andrewgreg Senior member

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    i think it has to do with your body shape, neck, height, shoulder width.

    Sometimes go for skinny lapel or wide lapel is for one specific look. Say, a double breasted jacket with skinny notch lapel would look bad no most of people.
     
  2. yywwyy

    yywwyy Senior member

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    Skinny people are for the young guys who don't recognize the awesomeness of a lapel "belly" in a suit.
     
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  3. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    Wide peaks, skinny notches. I would actually consider wearing wide peaks, would never go below a 2.75 or above a 3 in notch lapels (which may seem skinny, but it's proportionally ideal for me). However, if I had to pick a side to screw up on, wide notch lapels are a bit too Harry Callahan for me. I'd go skinny notches.

    Just out of curiosity, one measures the width of the lapel at the widest point with the tape perpendicular to the fold (crease, roll) of the lapel, correct?
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  4. lychyrychy

    lychyrychy Senior member

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    +1. my lapel always 3.75"
     
  5. Ivar

    Ivar Senior member

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    I went with "wide", but like many others, I would have voted "skinny" a couple of years ago. It remains to be seen whether I stick with big-ish lapels next time the skinnies are in.
     
  6. IChen

    IChen Senior member

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    I have to vote skinny because I'm small and skinny :(
    I still prefer the wide look....if only I was bigger [​IMG]
     
  7. bertie

    bertie Senior member

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    Wide - I'm a stocky guy and also middle aged. I think the thin lapels look great on slim guys and young guys and a little silly on my demographic. I have had all my suits made with 4" lapels.
     
  8. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    I like 2 or 2.5 inches. You decide whether that's "skinny" or not.
     
  9. bertie

    bertie Senior member

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    Anorexic :)
     
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  10. Frankie22

    Frankie22 Senior member

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    Just went with 3.75 on my new coat orders. Can't say I'm sorry. A Big F-U to all the skinny lapels ; - )
     
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  11. minervau

    minervau Senior member

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    What is 3"? Is that standard nowadays or is that even considered wide given how far the trend went to extremely skinny (e.g., 2") lapels?

    I'd say 3-3.5" is the sweet spot for suits.
     
  12. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    I experienced a mini- existential crisis last summer in deciding whether to buy
    a fully canvassed sport coat that fit perfectly, was my basic style, and was
    deeply discounted, because it had 3" lapels. All my other jackets/suits have 3 1/2"
    or even a tad wider. I bought the jacket and wear it. I still think it would be perfect
    if the lapels were wider.
     
  13. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    On a thin guy (34-40) I'd say it's proportionally right in the middle. I would never recommend going below 2.75" (what I wear) or above 3" (Also what I wear [​IMG]) for those sizes.
     
  14. Frankie22

    Frankie22 Senior member

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    +2 FTW!
     
  15. tes2112

    tes2112 New Member

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    Depends, if the guy is short or stalky I'd go wide lapel, if the guy is tall and lanky I'd go thin lapel.
     
  16. tes2112

    tes2112 New Member

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    I'm 26, 5'11" 155lbs, and have 1 1/2" lapels on all my suits.
     
  17. tes2112

    tes2112 New Member

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    I'm 26 years old, so I guess that's on the young side. I'm 5'11" and 155 lbs, so I guess I'm on the tall and thin side. 29" waist and 38" L on my suit size and I went with 1 1/2" lapels.
     
  18. Chase H

    Chase H Senior member

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    Can I just forget I ever said that? Please?
     
  19. KylenBeatty

    KylenBeatty New Member

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    He's saying wide or skinny relative to the jacket, not to each other.
     
  20. pgregory

    pgregory Member

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    I think this is a beautiful jacket. Would its lapels be considered "wide?"

    It's a size 37.

    [​IMG]

    I'm tempted to buy it, but have two concerns: (1) the wider lapels would require wider ties, which limits my tie options; and (2) I'm not sure the lapels match my build. I'm 6 feet tall and skinny. Also I have a skinny neck and round head, which I think might look out of proportion to the lapels.
     

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