Lapel pins may be ornamental though often times they symbolize something important to the ones wearing them. People wear them for a vast number of reasons. They may be used as promotional items, tokens of acknowledgement, tools for consciousness-raising, means to advocate a cause, show membership or belongingness to a group, indication of a status reached and more. Those bearing lapel pins especially custom made ones, are usually of value and are important or sentimental to the wearer. For this reason, these pins should be worn with proper etiquette.
There are instances where in the placement of a lapel pin is crucial. The military for instance, has stern rules on where to place certain lapel pins. Some organizations also have some specifications on the placement of these pins. However in general, there are proper ways to wear these pins. One imperative aspect when wearing lapel pins is the placement. Customarily, these pins are placed on the widest part of the left lapel when wearing a suit, blazer or jacket, the reason being that it has always been tradition to do so. Many believe that since the pin bespeaks something important, it should be placed near the heart. Placing it on the left lapel also helps when doing handshakes as the extended arm would not cover the pin when doing so. Wearing a lapel pin on the right lapel however would not be such as blunder as there are instances where other people do this as well. This is acceptable especially when the pin does not symbolize anything of great importance and is worn casually. Some companies also requiretheir employees to wear their pins on the right lapel of their work clothes.
For women, these pins may also be placed on coats, scarves and blouses. Men on the other hand sometimes place them on their ties. When doing so, the pin must be placed toward the middle of the tie. Nonetheless, if a man is wearing both a jacket and a tie at the same time, it is most proper to wear the pin on the left lapel of the jacket. Wearing multiple pins although not commonly done is also acceptable. It is copacetic to put on different pins at a time if they vary in intention. If one pin promotes say a business or a cause and the other one is merely for embellishment, then wearing them together is admissible. One may also wear multiple pins if it is part of a set to show growth in a certain organization.
Other important tips in observing proper etiquette when wearing lapel pins include making sure that it is tightly clasped at the back to ensure that the pin won’t rotate. Some symbolic pins that appear upside down may actually be offensive to some people as it may impose a negative sentiment to them. Also, if a pin displays an insignia from a corporation or a special group such as a fraternity, make sure that one is aware of its significance as the pin makes it easy for people to ask question as a conversation starter in business and social situations. Lastly, it is improper and awkward to use these pins in button holes as cuff-links. Cuff-links are typically expensive accessory pieces used by mean in corporate settings and must be well earned to wear one. It also lessens the value of the pin if used in such a way especially when the pin itself possesses sentimental value.
An important guideline when wearing a lapel pin is to wear it in a way that befits it. A formal lapel pin is to be worn with formal attire while an informal pin, such as an LA Lakers pin would go best with informal clothes. One must wear lapel pins in such a way that gives off confidence. Keep in mind that etiquette and proper usage is important as it gives the wearer poise and a courteous disposition.