Thursday, October 29, 2009


The correct lapel shape on your suits and sport coats can make all the difference in terms of appearance. Without a doubt you have had some suits that you feel great in, the ones that make you walk a little taller and smile a little wider. And unquestionably you have some suits that you wear on rainy days because they simply aren't up to snuff with the others.

A contributing factor, and one you may have never thought about, is the shape and height of your lapel. Every lapel has a gorge on it - the seam that intersects about halfway through the lapel. The higher that lapel is "set" (by higher, I mean closer to the shoulders), and the more horizontal the seam, the longer, leaner and more powerful you will appear. You gain instant presence. (See sketch at bottom right).
Conversly, If your lapels have a low gorge, with a seam that is angled more vertically, you will have a drowned out and outdated appearance. The suit shape will make you feel dumpy, sloppy and less than impressive. (See sketch at bottom left)

Have a look at your lapels.....if they are low and angled, it's time to put your money to use and invest in something more current and empowering. After all, you're wearing a suit for a reason - to impress......let your lapels work FOR you, not AGAINST you.

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