Written by Matt Hartman
This is the first article by one of our own BRENMI Influencers, Instagrammer Matt Hartman (@runnineverlong). Check out our profile of him here.
What is a lapel pin? Historically lapel pins were used primarily for either a symbol of achievement or symbol showing attachment to an organization. People who were in government positions or in the military are primary examples. Over time lapel pins have become modernized to be included in formal wear events like weddings, proms, and even workplace attire. Due this change the purpose of the lapel pin is less about achievement or organization attachment. It has become a fashion accessory just like a watch, bracelet or a pocket square.
When I first started learning about men’s fashion I was fascinated by lapel pins because I saw them as unique. Since I didn’t know what my ‘style’ was I decided that this would be an accessory that I would embrace. In fact, I embraced them so much I have worn them as much as a tie. Over that time, I’ve learned I need to tone it down a bit and came up with a reference guide for when to wear a lapel pin.
While there isn’t any set ‘rules’ when it comes to wearing lapel pins here are a few of my tips when wearing them:
1. A lapel pin looks best on the left side of a blazer near the button hole of your blazer lapel. If you do not have a button hole on your blazer place the lapel evenly with the knot of your tie. See this example below:
My passion for knit ties is becoming a borderline obsession. I don’t think I can go a week without wearing one. Anyone else have any accessories you can’t go without for 1 week? Tie: @quinntengeorge Tie Bar: @onebarco Lapel: @howardmatthewsco Pocket Square: @dockerskhakis Shirt: @charlestyrwhitt Suit: @calvinklein #runnineverlong #chicagogents #chicagofashion #chicagostyle #calvinklein #unkeptgentleman #thedapperjuan #dressedchest
2. When choosing the color or style of the lapel, choose something that blends with the full look and not cause a distraction. There is very difficult to explain so my best advice on this is to ask others what their thoughts are. Ask them if it’s a distraction and if it looks nice with your overall look? Make sure you ask someone who gives you honest feedback. You can always send me a message (IG: @runnineverlong) if you don’t have someone available for an opinion.
3. I would not recommend wearing a lapel pin on both sides of a blazer unless you are in full military dress. Wearing pins on both sides becomes a distraction more than anything else.
4. If you are looking to try out a lapel pin I would recommend getting these colors to start off with White, Blue or Red. Here’s an example:
The latest @mademenla box with the inclusion of a clean @betterfellow tie bar from their collection. What do you think the latest @mademenla box? #stylegram #suitup #blazer #chicagogents #suitandtie #pocketsquare #dandy #runnineverlong #welldressed #chicagofashion #styleformen #hqmensfashion #gqreport #mnswr #dapperhistory #lapelpin #modamasculina #instamoda #chicagostyle #sartorial #suitedman #gentswear #bespoke #1dapperst #blakescott #hgqru #gqstylehunt #prettyflysociety
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5. The lapel pin doesn’t have to be a flower. You can use any type of pin you’d like just remember it’s got to blend well with the rest of your look.
6. Be careful of over-accessorizing. For example, if you have a pocket square, tie bar, tie, lapel pin, bracelet, watch, etc…it starts to be too much. Pick and choose which items you want to wear. Just remember you could cross into tacky territory quickly. Ensure everything blends together.
7. Lastly if you are looking for where to buy some lapel pins here’s some places I’d recommend checking out:
Melly’s Bow – https://www.etsy.com/shop/MellysBow
Harrison Blake – http://www.harrisonblakeapparel.com/lapel-pins/
Didi Art Corner – https://www.etsy.com/shop/DidiArtCorner
Weekend Casual – http://www.weekendcasual.com/collections/pins-flowers