When you’re shopping for a suit, it’s inevitable that you’ll see a lot of single breasted jackets with a classic notched lapel.
If you’d like to add something different to your wardrobe, keep an eye out for the single breasted peaked lapel.
Lapels make up an important part of a suit’s overall expression. While secondary to the shoulders, they play an important role in framing your face (just like other elements such as the shirt collar and tie).
The single breasted 2-button notched lapel suit is currently the standard in American business dress.
A tailor creates the notch when sewing the collar to the body of the jacket at an angle.
Among these suits, one important variation is the height of the lapel gorge. A lower gorge means the lapel breaks closer to the middle of the body.
With a higher gorge, the lapels break near the shoulders and the notch is positioned near the collarbone. Today’s suits are definitely trending toward this style with a high gorge / high notched lapel.
A peaked lapel is a stylish detail – and special because it requires greater tailoring skill.
It’s the standard on double breasted suits and common on dinner jackets. Occasionally, you’ll see a single breasted suit with a peaked lapel.
Brands like Tom Ford and Phineas Cole make beautiful suits with wide peaked lapels. They make a bold statement, with the lapels stretching out like wings toward the shoulders.
Some people may hesitate to wear a peaked lapel suit in a business setting. I don’t think it’s a reason to worry, especially if you choose a modest one like the ISAIA above.
If you already have a few notch lapel business suits, then it’s probably a great time to add one with a peak.