Little-Known Men's Suits Accessories: Lapel Pins

Raise your hand if you've ever worn a lapel pin with your suit...Right, those hands are tough to see, but we'll just assume there aren't many raised.  And that's a shame because anyone who ever went to prom or has worn a boutonniere has worn a lapel pin.  If you're like us, when you first hear the term "lapel pin" you likely think about other common pins: Disney pins, pins for rock bands, or even election campaign buttons.  But lapel pins are sharp style accessories men can wear anytime with their suits.  We will explore the various types of lapel pins, and demonstrate how these little-known accessories can serve as both professional suit accents and nifty fashion statements.

Floral pins.  Remember how we briefly touched on prom boutonnieres?  Well those are a standard type of lapel pin.  The pins are frequently worn on the left lapel, and hardly any of them are as dangerous to apply as prom boutonnieres.  Boutonnieres are lapel pins made with a living flower, but most other lapel pins consist of non-living objects.  The pins can be fixed to the lapel either with a pin through the suit fabric, a magnet, a button, or a stem that fits through the lapel buttonhole.  If you're afraid of putting a hole in your stylish suit, then we recommend choosing a lapel pin that secures through the buttonhole for the perfect combination of function and fashion.

Hook and Albert Lapel Pins (Courtesy of Hook and Albert)

Hook and Albert Lapel Pins

(Courtesy of Hook and Albert)

Magnet Lapel Pin (Courtesy of Indochino)

Magnet Lapel Pin

(Courtesy of Indochino)

Stem Lapel Pin (Courtesy of Pocket Square Clothing)

Stem Lapel Pin

(Courtesy of Pocket Square Clothing)

For those sharply-dressed individuals that frequently wear long-stemmed lapel pins or flowers with their suits, they can ask a tailor to sew an inconspicuous thread onto the back of their lapel.  The thread will help hold their many different lapel pins in place, ensuring they look stylish and polished.

Hidden Lapel Stem Loop (Courtesy of Kent Wang)

Hidden Lapel Stem Loop

(Courtesy of Kent Wang)

Professional pins.  It may not seem like it at first glance, but professional lapel pins are quite common.  It's practically required that politicians wear American Flag lapel pins while out campaigning.  Professional pins can be worn for a variety of reasons and can signify a great many things: club or organization affiliation, military service, or personal or professional achievements (such as years working at a company or academic awards).  The possibilities are limitless, but it's best to remember to wear lapel pins appropriate for the venue or event you may be attending.  Pins touting academic accomplishment might seem out of place at a friend's wedding, but a small flower might fit in perfectly at those festivities.

The American flag lapel pin is a suit staple out on the presidential campaign trail. (Courtesy of GQ)

The American flag lapel pin is a suit staple out on the presidential campaign trail.

(Courtesy of GQ)

Miscellaneous pins.  Menswear lapel pins have seen a surge in popularity lately.  Anything from smiley faces to cufflinks have been spotted in lapel buttonholes.  Some suit companies even include company-specific lapel pins with their suit jackets.  Isaia (shown below) includes their red coral lapel pin with each of their jackets, which add a nice touch of style to an already impressive piece of clothing.

Isaia lapel pin, included with the jacket's purchase (Courtesy of Isaia)

Isaia lapel pin, included with the jacket's purchase

(Courtesy of Isaia)

No matter how you choose to wear one, a lapel pin is another excellent option for adding color and personality to your suit.  Remember, there are very few rules when it comes to wearing a lapel pin.  Just ensure that whatever you choose fits your personal style and helps complete the sharp suit you're accessorizing.

What's your favorite lapel pin?  We'd love to see what it looks like!  Tweet us a pic of it @TheSharpSuit!