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Monday, December 18, 2017



Ask the MB: Blazer Lapel Width Too Wide?

Ask the MB: Blazer Lapel Width Too Wide?

Q: I love your site and have been a reader for a while, but I don't think you have explicitly commented on this:

I know you like jacket lapel widths to be 3 1/8" or greater, but what is too wide (for 2017)? I recently purchased a great Lab. Pal Zileri jacket from YOOX and the lapels are pushing 3.5" inches. I wear a size 40 jacket, so the lapels end about half way between my collar and my shoulder.
β€”Ben

A: As you suggest, our ideal lapel width is 3β…› inches. If a jacket has lapels that are thinner than that, we're unforgiving: It must be released back to the wild. But if lapels come in a little wider than our ideal, we're more accommodating. The reason? Tom Ford expressed the principle that guides our thinking:

"There is something a bit meager and uptight about a skinny tie and jacket...I think that accentuating the natural V of a man's body makes men look more masculine, less boyish, and in general more powerful."

So exactly how much wider should you consider going?

That depends on how long you'd like to keep wearing the jacket in question. For us, 3β…›" is the golden mean that looks great in perpetuity. As our chart below shows, any deviation from that value, however small, decreases a garment's potential lifespan and puts its wearer at increased risk of future embarrassment and even shame.

At 3.5 inches, your jacket will continue to look good at least through 2025, and should not look violently out of fashion for far longer β€” provided, of course, Trump aide Stephen Miller does not stage a coup.

EARLIER: The great tie and lapel width debate: Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg vs. Tom Ford

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  • 1 sugar cube
  • Peychaud's Bitters
  • quarter shot of Absinthe
  • lemon twist

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