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Very shiny suit -- what's it called?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jack12345, May 11, 2012.

  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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  2. Frankie22

    Frankie22 Senior member

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    Thought it was just sharkskin
     
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  3. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Mohair
     
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  4. Cantabrigian

    Cantabrigian Senior member

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    Or more specifically, bad mohair.
     
  5. jack12345

    jack12345 Active Member

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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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  7. Gdot

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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.
     
  8. acridsheep

    acridsheep Senior member

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    Burnt polyester. So they say.
     
  9. MyOtherLife

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    I believe it is called either polyester or well worn.
     
  10. GBR

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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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  11. musicguy

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    It's called ugly. Please... don't.
     
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    +1
     
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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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  15. Wayward

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    I've seen the word "tonic" thrown around to describe the high-shine suits. Don't know if that helps.
     
  16. Hayward

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    That would be a reference to Dormeuil Tonik, their mohair cloth. Tonik 2000 and Super Brio are their mohair/wool blends.

    The ideal is sheen, not shine. Classic "tonic suits" can look sublime. They're expensive.

    I'm sure Dave Reeves and some others can chime in on Tonik.
     
  17. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    Polyester suits always have a nice shine. Though, I would avoid polyester suits.
     
  18. Ivon

    Ivon Senior member

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    My favorite summer suit is a wool/mohair Trofeo and it has a slight shiny look to it, can't really notice it till you are very close. I love that suit, it's a mid grey and unlined. Nobody has ever noticed the mohair sheen. Shiny iridescent lounge suits are another story, I must confess that I've always wanted a stylish sharkskin suit, not that I'm ever going to wear that to the office. Super tacky lounge lizard one for listening to Sinatra, drinking top shelf booze and smoking Cohibas.
     
  19. laphroaig

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    I suspect it's shiny because your sports coat is actually "bamboo" viscose, which is the most common bamboo fabric, not bamboo "linen". Have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo_textiles

    Silk blend suits can be quite shiny, even low percentage silk blends. It depends more on the way the fabric is processed than the material.
     
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    +1 , I can understand the hate for polyester shine, its indiscriminently shiny in any angle/direction, but don't get the hate for the sheen of silk/mohair or any polished suiting. These can look so awesome as they play with the light.

    OP should definitely look at Trofeo 600 (zegna) which is a blend of silk 600 and fine wool (I suspect the wool is roughly S150). You can get suiting and jacketing in this. It has a wonderful hand.

    Also look at Summer Amadeus (Dormeuil) and Summer Tasmanian (Loro Piana) which are both silk/wool blends as well. I don't know how the Summer Amadeus holds up but the Summer Tasmanian is quite durable and wrinkle resistent. In particular I had a suit made in this which is a medium gray & silver pin stripe and depending on the angle you can see a slight silvery glow beneeth the gray almost like a sharkskin.

    In any regards none of these cloths are in the same universe as tacky. The only comments I get when wearing these are positive
     

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