When tailoring a new suit, you might be asked about the colour or how many buttons you want. But an often-overlooked element that’s just as important is the lapel.

What is a lapel? This piece of folded fabric on a suit is the continuation of the collar that goes down the front side of a blazer along the neckline. To an untrained eye, there’s little distinction between different types of lapels. However, each lapel style will give a different formality to your look.

If you’re looking to level up your sartorial game this year, why not start with a quick lesson on lapels right here with us? Keep reading on as we take you through a handy guide to lapels.