A lapel is the collar of a coat or jacket. Essentially, there are 3 main types of lapel. However, they can vary in size, choice of material, and in certain instances, some level of customisation.
Let us share with you the three types of lapel and their main differences.
The Peak Lapel
A peak lapel has a pointed or rounded tip at the top edge of the lapel.
It is considered the more traditional formal design. However, it is making a comeback as the go-to for many professional stylists in the menswear industry as a fashion-forward choice. The peak lapel is more commonly seen on the double breasted jackets but single breasted formal dinner jackets can have peaked lapels as well.
The Notch Lapel
A notch lapel does not have a point like a peak lapel. Instead, it has a notch at the top (imagine a triangle cutting into the lapel).
It is widely considered as the modern design, commonly seen on single breasted jackets and off-the-shelf suits.
The notch lapel looks great on single breasted suits and is a great choice for any body type and shape.
The Shawl Lapel
A shawl lapel does not have a point or notch. Instead it features a curved single piece lapel.
The shawl lapel is not as common and is typically used on a tuxedo or a summer suit.
Regarding the width of the lapel, typically a skinnier lapel is perceived to be more trendy whereas a wider lapel being classier. However, do keep in mind that it has to complement your body frame and shape.
The shawl lapel is often made with more decorative materials like silk or satin.