WHAT IS A LAPEL PIN Before we delve into the purpose, design, and practicalities of wearing pins for suits, let’s firstly discuss what a lapel pin actually is. We begin with the lapel itself which is the edged part on each side of your suit jacket immediately below the collar which is folded back on either side of the front opening by your chest pocket. A lapel pin is a small pin worn on the lapel of a jacket. Lapel pins are predominantly decorative and have no distinct purpose, but in some instances can indicate the wearer’s affiliation with an organisation or cause. Suit lapel pins come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be fastened to the suit jacket in a number of ways. The backside of a lapel pin, the part where it is fastened, can be just as important as the front. Not only for practical reasons as this is how the pin is held in place, but also because it can be another way to customise the pin to make it more unique.