Sharkskin suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by scotchman, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. scotchman

    scotchman Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I know I am new to this forum, but I thought I would bring up the topic of sharkskin suits since I've found many people don't even know what they are. It was a type of fabric very popular in the 50's and 60's. If you have ever seen an episode of Mad Men, then more than likely you have seen a sharkskin suit. Anyways, I'm curious to see what people think about this type of suit as I plan to get one myself in the near future. I personally think they give a very masculine appearance and definitely understand why corporate businessmen were once in love with this material.

    I also plan to post about this in my new blog boozeandsuits.com so be sure to describe in detail what you think!

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  2. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    I like pick and pick / sharkskin weaves as long as the fabric is matte - not shiny. I don't think it's more or less masculine than other weaves, but it's a nice way to give surface interest to a solid and I prefer it to birdseye and nailhead. However my tendency is to go for darker fabrics for worsted suiting - midnight blues, almost-black charcoals - which tends to minimize patterns, which tend to look better in lighter shades like mid-gray and slate blue IMHO. There are some nice examples of this in the Minnis Classic book.
     
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  3. David Reeves

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    I think it's always been rather popular but the pale grey "madmen" suit is just very popular now and it stands out. Sharkskin suits in darker variants have always been cloth book staples.
     


  4. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    Yeah those Mad Men suits are too light for my taste... Or maybe Rogers's hair makes them seem lighter than they are.
     
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    So this is about naked self-promotion then. :confused:
     


  6. scotchman

    scotchman Well-Known Member

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    Nah man honestly I've been on this forum for a while, but only created my account after creating the blog. Sure I'm promoting it, but honestly I just don't know how to put the link in my signature yet. Maybe I just flat out missed it, but I'll be sure to change the post as soon as I can find out what I'm doing haha.

    And yeah Tim, something about Rogers hair kind of throws me off as well. Don's suit looks much better in comparison. Then again, his is slightly darker.
     
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  7. Mr Martini

    Mr Martini Senior member

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    so according to your blog in order to win a fight we should A. Swing first and B. catch them off guard. You forgot kick them in the nuts, thats a key step in bitch fighting.
     


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    Yeah. I'll fight you.
     


  9. scotchman

    scotchman Well-Known Member

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    Mr Martini I hope you're not calling me a bitch over the internet, cuz I'm sure you can see why that would be funny. And I wasn't saying blindside someone I simply stated swinging first puts your opponent off guard and gives you an advantage. I'm sure most of you have seen a fight where the first person to throw a punch, quickly becomes the only one swinging at all. But thanks for reading my blog I hope you decide the comment on there sometime in the future. This thread isn't meant for commenting on my blog I shouldn't have put my site in the post in the first place. I really want to know more about sharkskin suits since I have seen their popularity increase over the past few years. Even still, some people don't have this suit in their wadrobe and would probably benefit from the more knowlegeable members giving their two cents about the fabric.
     


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