Before choosing your lapel, their are a number of considerations which should be made:
- Event / Setting – Are you wanting to wear your suit to a black tie event? Perhaps another day at the office? Or maybe something in-between like a nice dinner or to the races. The setting, occasion and ultimately your personality will determine which suit lapel you should be sporting.
- Suit Type – Different types of suits should have different lapels as not all lapels work for all suits. As an example, shawl lapels go best with tuxedos. Why? Well it's just the way it is.
- Body Type / Personality – Although this is not written in stone, as a general rule we recommend that those with a rounder head stay away from shawl lapels as the rounded lapel seems to accentuate a rounder head. Peak lapels can be worn by just about anyone as the only criteria is in fact, personality. With it being the more dominant and fashionable lapel of the three, a peak lapel has a tendency to make you stand out from the crowd. Therefore if you choose to make the statement of wearing a suit with a peak lapel be sure to live up to full expectation with a proper tailored fit and a neat overall presence. Lastly being crotched, which can be worn by anyone. We're going to be honest though, we don't fancy crotched all that much as it tends to be more of a boring, conservative option. But hey, each to their own!
Shawl: Typically should be worn to a formal dinner event, preferably if you do not have a circular head as it will accentuate this.
Peak: The more fashion-forward choice, choose this if you're looking to stand out from the crowd.
Crotched: The more bland option, choose this if you're looking to blend into the crowd.