Don’t get us wrong. There’s nothing wrong with the Notch lapel. It’s the mainstay of a gentleman’s suiting wardrobe. But that’s just it. It’s become ubiquitous in menswear and so much so that it can be found on many of today’s tuxedos.
And by modern tradition, that’s ok. It’s appropriate. It’s Presidential even.
But black tie is an excuse for today’s gentleman to step up and out of the confines of every day life. To dress for dinner. To be Bond-like.
Consider the dramatic peak lapel. You know, the one that accentuates those broad shoulders of yours.
Or perhaps you prefer the elegance, the smoothness of the shawl lapel. Outside of a few poorly wardrobed TV shows (Miami Vice), a formal event is really the one and only time a gentleman can wear this dignified lapel.
This year let’s leave the notch lapel for the workweek. And for your own sake, skip the rental.