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What Is a Lapel Belly?

Hey everyone, today we're diving into the world of lapel bellies – a subtle yet significant element in the realm of menswear. So, what exactly is a lapel belly? Let's break it down.

Understanding Lapel Bellies

Imagine a double-breasted jacket or a sleek single-breasted one – the lapel belly is the defining line that runs from the lapel point down to the button. It's all about the curvature of this line, and it comes in various styles.

1. Bellied Lapel: Classic Elegance

Starting with the classic bellied lapel, characterized by a gentle rounding from the lapel point to the button. This style is often seen on double-breasted jackets, adding a touch of sophistication and charm to the overall look.

2. Straight Lapel: Timeless Simplicity

The straight lapel, perhaps the most common style, boasts a clean and linear design. Found predominantly on double-breasted jackets, it maintains a timeless and versatile appearance suitable for various occasions.

3. Negative Belly Lapel: Accentuating the Form

Now, let's talk about a lapel style that's not as commonly found – the negative belly lapel. This unique design features a slight inward bend near the lapel point, creating a visual illusion that can be particularly flattering. It's a popular choice in Florentine tailoring, where it's often combined with extended shoulder lines to emphasize the chest and shoulders.

Choosing the Right Lapel Style

At Mr. Cavaliere, we believe in the art of tailoring that goes beyond the ordinary. Different body shapes call for different lapel styles, allowing us to accentuate the unique features of each individual. Whether it's the classic bellied lapel for timeless elegance, the straight lapel for versatility, or the intriguing negative belly lapel for a bold statement – our designs are tailored to suit your style and physique.


In the world of men's fashion, lapel bellies might seem like a subtle detail, but they can make a significant impact on how you're perceived. The next time you're choosing a suit or jacket, pay attention to the lapel style, and consider how it complements your body shape and personal style.

If you have any questions or want to explore more about lapel bellies, feel free to drop us a line. We're here to guide you through the nuances of sartorial elegance and look forward to welcoming you to Mr. Cavaliere studio soon!


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