Very shiny suit -- what's it called?

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  1. jack12345

    jack12345 Active Member

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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?
     
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    Thought it was just sharkskin
     
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    Mohair
     


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    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Or more specifically, bad mohair.
     


  5. jack12345

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    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?
     
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    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.
     


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    I believe it is called either polyester or well worn.
     


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    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.
     
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    It's called ugly. Please... don't.
     


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    Sharkskin has a sheen to it
     


  14. So(cal)Steezy

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


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