Single or Double Breasted Suits
Single-breasted men's suits have a single row of buttons down the front, ouble-breasted suit has two rows of buttons and overlapping front.
The choice between single- and double-breasted is a matter of personal taste, but single breasted suits are more common. Due to the single breasted suits’ dominance, a double-breasted suit will make the wearer stand out.
Suit Jacket Shoulders
The width of one's shoulders plays a crucial part in the perception of the face and head, and so form the first major element of the jacket.
For most men, the shoulders should be natural, supported but not over-padded, and should slope gently up, drawing the eye towards the head and face. Additional padding can be added within reason to produce a more confident, commanding appearance and give the illusion of height.
Suit Jacket Lapels
In addition to different widths, lapels come in three styles: notched, which has a wide, V-shaped opening where the lapel and collar join; peaked, which flares out in a sharp point, with a very narrow, deep V at the join; and shawl, where the lapel and collar are indistinguishable, curving from around the neck all the way down to where the lapels end.
Shawl collars are almost exclusively limited to formal-wear, though they occasionally appear on ready-made suits – these should be avoided if a classic look is desired.
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