What Are Sharkskin Suits?

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A sharkskin suit is made from a fabric woven with interspersing threads to give it a glossy appearance. Sharkskin suits have a soft texture, and the fabric is often used for jackets and coats as well as on worsted suits for men and women.

Sharkskin fabric is made from a blend containing rayon, acetate or a mix of the two. The typical sharkskin luster is created by interwoven white and colored threads. Sharkskin suits go in and out of style over time in the fashion world, but sharkskin suits from the 1950s and 1960s are generally highly sought after in the vintage market.