What is a lapel pin?
Every suit jacket has 2 lapels, which are the folded back parts on either side of the jacket, just below your collar. A lapel pin (or suit pin) is a pin (I kid you not) that is worn on the left lapel of your suit jacket. They have no real purpose, except for enhancing your look of course. Though sometimes they are used to indicate an affiliation with a certain organisation/club/group.
How to wear a lapel pin
Lapel pins are vintage suit accessories that have made a serious comeback during the last few years. Adding the right lapel pin to your suit jacket can really enhance your look.
It is important that you choose a suit pin that adds to your outfit, and doesn't just look like an out of place novelty piece. There are different types of lapel pins such as lapel flower pins and badge pins.
Types of lapel pins
Let's have a look at the different types of suit pins you can get to spruce up your classic suit ensemble.
Flower lapel pins
The flower lapel pin is an artificial substitute for the bouttonière, which is an actual flower piece attached to your lapel. Bouttonières are often worn for weddings and other formal occasions. For semi-formal wear and less traditional occasions, synthetic lapel flowers are more popular.
When choosing a lapel flower, make sure you match colours and pick one that is not too large. The flower pin should not overwhelm your entire outfit, yet add a sophisticated, unique touch to it. It's a good idea to match its colour with the colour of your pocket square