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It's All Greek to Me: Defining Suit and Blazer Jargon

No need to start Googling - we'll help you understand suit jargon right here.

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Suit Styles


(aka Regular) Cut wide through the shoulders with extra room in the chest, and thigh areas. Button placement on the jacket is lower than the other two styles (hence the extra room). 


Not as boxy as classic, but roomier than Slim. This style is fashion-forward while still exuding professionalism. 


The jacket is cut narrower through the shoulders with higher arm holes. Slim has less room through the chest and waist, and narrow around the thighs. 


You'll find lapels on suit jackets and blazers.


Notch lapels are typically seen on business suits. It is a slight "v" cut out on either side of the collar of the jacket. 


This lapel adds some flare and is commonly, but not exclusively, found on double-breasted suits. As shown in the image above, the lower piece of the lapel is wider than the upper. 


A Shawl lapel has no cut or divot. It is more common on tuxedos than suits, but now you know all about lapels. 

Jacket Vents


This is the classic jacket/ blazer style. The vent should lie closed when the jacket is buttoned. 


This makes for a very flattering fit: it allows you access to your pant pockets without pulling or bunching the jacket. Similarly, side vents also allow the back of the jacket to lie flat when sitting.


No vent gives a clean look, but can be more restrictive than the other vent styles. For women, cropped blazers that stop above the hip are generally without vents. 


Tips for Proper Fit

These tips apply for men and women when it comes to looking and feeling like your best self in a professional suit, jacket, or blazer. 



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