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Very shiny suit -- what's it called?

post #1 of 30
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Every once in a while I'll see a suit that has a very high shine to it. I really like it, but unsure what it's called to narrow my search for something similar. (No, I don't mean from over cleaning or ironing.) Rather, it's a high gloss - and sometimes I see it in dark solid black (which I need for a particular occassion).

It's my understanding that sharkskin refers to a weave that uses alternate colors or patterns - so therefore it's not found in a dark solid black due to the contrasting color that's paired with the black.

Is it just called a high-sheen suit?
Edited by jack12345 - 6/10/12 at 12:04pm
post #2 of 30
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Originally Posted by jack12345 View Post

Every once in a while I'll see a suit that has a very high shine to it. I really like it, but unsure what it's called to narrow my search for something similar. (No, I don't mean from over cleaning or ironing.) Rather, it's a high gloss - and sometimes I see it in dark solid black (which I need for a particular occassion).
It's my understanding that sharkskin refers to a weave that uses alternate colors or patterns - so therefore it's not found in a dark solid black due to the contrasting color that's paired with the black.
Is it just called high-sheen suits? than

Thought it was just sharkskin

post #3 of 30
Mohair
post #4 of 30
Or more specifically, bad mohair.
post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 
Just to clarify, is it possible to have a solid dark-black sharkskin suit? Or does the nature of sharkskin (alternate colors) make a dark solid black impossible?

How do you tell the difference visually between sharkskin and mohair/wool blend?
post #6 of 30
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Originally Posted by jack12345 View Post

Every once in a while I'll see a suit that has a very high shine to it. I really like it, but unsure what it's called to narrow my search for something similar. (No, I don't mean from over cleaning or ironing.) Rather, it's a high gloss - and sometimes I see it in dark solid black (which I need for a particular occassion).
It's my understanding that sharkskin refers to a weave that uses alternate colors or patterns - so therefore it's not found in a dark solid black due to the contrasting color that's paired with the black.
Is it just called high-sheen suits? thanks

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post #7 of 30
Sharkskin can be very shiny looking. It all depends on the contrast between the two colors and the composition of the yarns.

Silk and or mohair blended into a fabric add shine.

As others above have alluede - proceed with shiny suits with great caution. More often than not they look more tacky than cool.
post #8 of 30
Burnt polyester. So they say.
post #9 of 30
I believe it is called either polyester or well worn.
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post

I believe it is called either polyester or well worn.

Assuming it is not a suit made from silk - entirely impractical, well worn might be fine if you had bespoken the suit twenty years before (or it had been bespoken by your father even earlier) , other than that, crap comes to mind.
post #11 of 30
It's called ugly. Please... don't.
post #12 of 30
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It's called ugly. Please... don't.

 

+1

post #13 of 30
Sharkskin has a sheen to it
post #14 of 30
My bamboo sport coat has a slight glistening sheen to it...I think it's the nature of the fabric..? eh.gif
It looks cool for evening events, but I wouldn't want any shine coming from my suits.
post #15 of 30
I've seen the word "tonic" thrown around to describe the high-shine suits. Don't know if that helps.
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