The Proper Way to Wear Multiple Lapel Pins

by Jaime Swanson

Men often wear lapel pins to show the world what causes are near and dear to their hearts. Accordingly, men customarily wear these pins on the left side of their suits, closest to their hearts. If you have multiple lapel pins, take care to arrange them on your clothing in a respectful manner. However you choose to wear your pins, be sure they are displayed in a way that makes you the most comfortable.

Step 1

Put on your suit jacket so you can see where your lapels fall when you have the jacket on.

Step 2

Use your tie knot as a guide to place your lapel pins. Place your first lapel pin slightly below your knot, about an inch from the edge of your lapel.

Step 3

Place a second pin directly next to the first; if either pin is an American flag, the flag should be closest to your heart. Place a third pin below the first, on the outer edge of your lapel. Don't overcrowd your lapels.


  • If you are worried about holes in your suit jackets, find lapel pins with magnetic backings. If your lapels have buttonholes, place your pin through the hole.

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About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.