How to wear a Lapel pin.


No matter if its a flag(s), a cause, an organization logo, congressional pin or armed services rank. Could some of you share you thoughts about spacing/placement  on your suit lapel. Any current or former members of the armed service might weigh in on regulations of placement of their pins so as to use as a rule of thumb? Thanks.


I found this article but I really would like more detail on spacing? 

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If I wear a lapel pin (either club, regimental or unit), its on the left side lapel. Normally its in the close vincinty of the lapel buttonhole, in a straight line out from the buttonhole, touching the outside of the buttonhole seam. Cant give any reason for this, other than thats where I find the pin to belong - possibly because its somewhat " hooked" up with the buttonhole. I dont wear more than one, and not regulary...
Thanks Harry. Have you ever covered the buttonhole with the pin? I hope I don't make everyone feel self conscience. LOL. This is something that we need some good men or GQ to set a tradition. I would like our elected officials to take a stand on this fashion issue :) How do they wear there pins?
That's how I do it too. I'll wear an American Flag pin mostly, I see plenty of men of men wearing Flag pins due to my job. When attending organizational meetings I will wear a membership pin.
I am not a fan of the ubiquitous lapel pins on American politicians today. It's almost become uniform to the point where those who don't wear them have their patriotism questions (e.g. Obama).

For those occasional where I must wear a pin, I use the buttonhole.
I have always wondered about this issue as well. Is putting a lapel pin through a buttonhole a faux pas or is it acceptable? I started doing this just to avoid putting holes through the lapel of my suit, where a button hole leaves no mark. What is the accepted precedent?
I am not trying to put holes in my suit. Buttonhole it is.
I emphatically agree.

There is one event that I attend every year where I have to put a pin name tag through a suit and it makes me cringe. It doesn't look good going through the button hole since it rests on a slant, but there is no way I'm putting it through the lapel.

For that reason, I don't and won't wear a lapel pin unless I have to. It's the same reason why I won't wear a tie tack that pins through the tie -- bar or nothing.
I like lapel pins and have quite a collection, although the ubiquitous American flag pin on politicians ever since 9/11 has somewhat soured me on wearing them.

I've always just put them through the buttonhole on my left suit lapel. Not sure why you would want to put an additional hole in your suit lapel if you don't need to do so.

P.S. I should add that on a related note, if you're at an event that requires a nametag, wear the nametag on your right lapel. That way when you shake hands with someone, you present your nametag as you give your hand. I constantly see people wearing nametags on the left side and it drives me crazy. I suppose its because people think it should be on the same side as the logo on their shirts (polo pony, alligator, etc.) but seriously, lapel pin on left side, nametag on right.
It should be on the left side of the lapel, through the buttonhole. If there is an issue with stability (it's rotating), then you'd want the pin to hit just a hair above the stitch seam on the buttonhole.
I am great fan of lapel pins. Whenever I see someone wearing one, I just feel like having one of them for my collection.
I have only one lapel pin that I wear in the shape of a small rampant lion. I wear it on the left lapel and actually use the button hole to pin it up. This is mainly because the pin is rather small and looks extremely off center if not in the button hole. Otherwise I would wear it closer in towards the heart.
If I wear one, which I do not often, it is the buttonhole.


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