Types of Lapels
- Notched lapel: Standard on single-breasted suits, used on nearly all suit jackets, blazers, and sports jackets
- Peaked lapel: Most formal, featured on double-breasted jackets, formal coats, and tuxedos
- Shawl lapel: Continuous curve, commonly seen on dinner jackets or tuxedos
- Lapelless jackets: Jackets with mandarin collars or turndown collars, less common in Western menswear
- Lapels on business and sports wear made of the same fabric as the rest of the jacket
- Lapels on more formal wear may be made of a contrasting fabric, with satin being a popular choice in history
- Left lapel of single-breasted jackets typically carries a buttonhole for holding a boutonnière
- Double-breasted suits often have a buttonhole on each lapel for symmetry
- Lapel pins are sometimes worn for added decoration
History of Lapels
- Lapels have been a part of men's formal attire since the 17th century.
- The term 'lapel' originated from the Middle English word 'lap' meaning fold or flap.
- Lapels were initially designed to provide additional warmth and protect the chest area.
- In the 19th century, lapels became narrower and more stylized.
- The popularity of lapels declined during the 1960s and 1970s but made a comeback in the 1980s.
- Lapel width has varied throughout history, influenced by fashion trends.
- In the 1960s, lapels were extremely narrow, measuring around 1.5 inches.
- In the 1970s, lapels became wider, reaching up to 5 inches.
- The 1980s saw a return to narrower lapels, around 3 inches wide.
- Currently, lapel widths vary, with slim lapels being popular in contemporary fashion.
Lapels in Fashion
- Lapels can be a significant fashion statement, allowing for individuality and personal style.
- The width, style, and fabric of lapels can greatly influence the overall look of a garment.
- Lapels can be used to create a more formal or casual appearance, depending on the occasion.
- Designers often experiment with lapel variations to create unique and eye-catching designs.
- Lapels are not limited to men's clothing and can also be found in women's blazers and jackets.
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