Shark Skin Men’s Suits: Men’s Professional Style Tips

Classic stylish navy suit with patterned pocket square

Tip #10: Don’t wear clothes that are too shiny. 

When it comes to building a professional wardrobe, the ultimate goal we have for our clients is to have timeless pieces that you can wear for years to come. That's why it's important to steer clear of trends that will quickly become outdated. One example that may be controversial and one that we are not fans of at all is a sharkskin suit. 


Sharkskin has a certain reputation for being associated with the flashy, over-the-top style of an '80s Miami drug dealer (Think Don Johnson arresting you in the 1980’s). This look is not only outdated, but it can also come across as unprofessional. In the past, people would often inquire about this type of suit, but today, fewer and fewer are asking for it. This is usually a sign that it's a trend. 

Like sharkskin suits, there have been other fashion trends in the past that have come and gone, such as shiny dress shirts from the late 90s to early 2000s. These types of pieces can detract from a professional appearance, and are best left in the landfill they are unfortunately buried in. 

Shiny tuxedo and vest and pants in matching maroon color

Timeless Pieces 

When investing in a professional wardrobe, it's best to stick with timeless pieces that are well-fitting and suitable for any situation. If you're looking for a statement piece that you can wear time and time again, consider a classic navy suit paired with a solid white dress shirt. This combination is timeless, versatile, and will always look sharp and put-together, no matter the situation. 


With Cardero Clothing, we are committed to helping you build a wardrobe that is not only professional but also timeless and well-fitted. We will always be upfront and honest with you about what pieces are trends and which ones are timeless so that you can make informed decisions when building your wardrobe. 


Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing
In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did.

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