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Lapel Pins, Are You Wearing Them Right?

Royals aren’t the only ones embracing quaint lapel pins as a part of their wardrobe accessory. Men are also using suit lapel pins as fashion accessories.

Lapel pins are small pins worn on clothing, often on the lapel of suits and jackets. Originally, these pins were worn to represent an affiliation with a club or an association. But right now, they have become a fashion staple. 

Keep reading to know the various types of pins and how to style them!

Lapel pins differ in terms of fastening, size, shapes, and what they depict. Let’s discuss a few, shall we?

Flower Lapel Pins and Boutonnieres

If you’ve ever been to prom, you must have worn a boutonniere. This pin is perfect for ceremonial occasions like weddings, parties, and of course, prom! 

The best spot for a boutonniere rests is the buttonhole. While you’d want to make a statement, it shouldn’t be too big and overpowering. On the other hand, floral pins are like boutonnieres but they’re created with linen, cotton, or silk.

Jewelry Lapel Pins

Now, jewelry lapel pins are turning up more on the red carpet these days. These pins come in various frenzy shapes like feathers, leaves, flowers, antiques, animals, and so on. And oh boy, they look downright dashing on a suit or tuxedo. 

Brooch Lapel Pins

Unlike jewelry or flower lapel pins, brooches stay firm with a hinged pin. They’re normally bigger than pins and feature a vintage element. Seen the brooch lapel pins with beads, crystals, bling, and cute petite bow-tie forms? They are stunning and stand out as well.

How to Wear Lapel Pins the Right Way

Lapel pins for men’s suits come in different forms of art. The real challenge is wearing them right. So how do you go about it?

It is simple.

Wear a suit lapel pin around the lapel buttonhole. That’s the topmost part of your left lapel. For a double-breasted suit with buttonholes on each lapel, the pin must always be on the left-hand area. 

If the metal pin is visible, it should sit parallel to the lapel rather than crosswise or straight up. This is especially significant for more elongated stems, where an awkward angle can wreck the effect. 

You can also experiment with layering, sides, and places to get the perfect look. After all, lapel pins are versatile accessories and you know what tickles your fancy.

Other factors to consider include:

Type of Occasion

Is it a formal, or an informal event? The occasion usually decides the kind of lapel pin to attach to your suit. A bold flower lapel pin might be right for a social gathering, but not necessarily a business meeting, you get the gist, right?

Color Coordination

Your suit has a color code already or let’s say a color theme. So your lapel pin should match or at least complement your general color theme.


The pin’s size often depends on the kind of fabric you have on. A large pin might drag down your lapel awkwardly. Conversely, a tiny pin might look like one of the buttons. The right size gives the right charm.

Accessory Coordination

You might give off an awkward vibe if you pair silver suit lapel pins with golden hand and neck accessories. While a jewelry expert can stylishly blend different accessories without controversy, it’s better to wear silver on silver.

Lapel pins, especially custom lapel pins work quite well for a casual look and look great on a jacket, either worn in a bunch or group. Styled as such, they’re an excellent way to add style into a wardrobe staple.

To help you create timeless designs, check out our full options for custom pins here.





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