Tuxedos have been forever lauded as looks that connote the highest degree of decorum. Since the late 1800s, these black and white ensembles have been reserved for the most special of occasions, ceremonious events, and esteemed social gatherings, and it’s not difficult to see why:
they’re polished and put together with total precision.
This alternate tuxedo lapel style has two sharp “corners” that point upward, distinctly different from the smooth look of the shawl lapel. If you want the “sharpest” look, peak lapels may be for you, but they bring a lot of detail to the chest and neck region already, so accessorize with that in mind. They also pair beautifully with “slim-fit” looks.
It can be difficult to tell this from peak lapels at first glance, but there is a big difference. Notch lapels have the same angularity, but point outward, not upward. This will be a very common design to your eye, as it’s the collar most often used on “normal” suits, so it’s considered an informal and modern choice.
While the notch and peak lapels are appreciated universally, the harder-to-find round shape shawl-collared lapel is a much more styled and unique taste. In fact, not everyone can pull off this old-school, smoking jacket feel reminiscent of James Bond or a Rat Pack-esque gentleman of style. You have to be especially confident wearing this lapel because it’s certainly a departure from the expected and thus likely to be noticed.