Men's suit jacket Shoulder Styles

Today, we'll take a look at the five main men's suit jacket shoulder styles, which give different look to their wearers:

Men's suit jacket Shoulder Styles

Soft/Unstructured Shoulder

Soft or Unstructured shoulder is the most casual shoulder style - perfect for sport coats and weekend suits. It's made using a very thin pad or no padding at all. This make the transition between the line of the shoulder and the line of the sleeves very smooth. The Natural Shoulder is unstructured and follows the body’s natural curves.

Neapolitan Shoulder

Nowadays Neapolitan Shoulder is 'the coolest and most sought after type of shoulder for men's jackets and shirts'. Its three main characteristics are lack of padding, pleated sleeve heads and spalla camicia/shirt shoulder (both strips of seam allowance are folded in the same direction - back under the shoulder).

Men's suit jacket Shoulder Styles

Lightly padded Shoulder

This type of shoulder padding is typical for business suits. It gives some structure to the suit and a bit more professional look to its wearer. It's suitable for gentlemen with standard shoulder size.

Broad padded Shoulder

The large padded shoulders of a men's suit were a sign of wealth in 1930s. They symbolized their owner's strength and power. Nowadays, Broad padded Shoulders are best for long full-cut jackets, preferred by fans of retro looks.

Roped Shoulder

Roped Shoulders are lightly padded with a large upward extending sleeve heads. It is typical for European - and especially Italian - men's suits. This shoulder style is preferred by connoisseurs and dandies, because it reveals the craftsmanship of the tailor, who has created the garment.

Men's suit jacket Shoulder Styles
Welsh and Jefferies bespoke suit jackets

Men's suit jacket Shoulder Styles
Welsh and Jefferies bespoke suit jackets

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Veselka Petrova

Veselka writes for the menswear section of Be Global Fashion Network. She has a passion for classic men`s elegance and she is keen on giving advices to men in order to look and feel better. She also has interest in the men`s fashion industry and sustainable fashion.

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