Intermediate Guide to Suits: Part XI

Each week, I will present a post on the ins and outs of custom suits AND suits in general at an intermediate level. It is recommended that the beginner’s guide be read first.

“Skinny” is the new black…or so they say

“Its all mathematics!”

lapel and tie widthsLapels range from 1 to 3 inches, the standard lapel size hovers around 2.5 inches. Ties are generally between 1 to 3 inches as well. Coincidence? I think not. They are made to be paired together at the the same widths.

So I must digress to my bodybuilder analogy as it is a good way to remember your body shape limitations and if you are indeed allowed to wear the “skinny” look.

I am sorry to say that the bigger your chest the less likely you are to pull off the skinny look. I only recommend a skinny lapel and tie (less than 2 inches) to those that are either a) quite skinny b) chest size less and 38 (40 is pushing it). Everyone else, is destined to wear 3 inch lapels with fat tie knots, a wide spread collar and straight leg pants.

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