I bought a 48R in the taupe. I liked the fit. The color in the picture is a couple shades lighter than the actual color. I would have given 5 stars if the color had matched because I really liked the picture. When I was getting it measured for alterations, a customer was really vocal about how great the suit looked so if the ladies like it, I'm satisfied.
Back in the days of Elvis, Sharkskin suits were all the rave. made of Wool and natural fabrics, Mostly in Gray or blue, they cost a small fortune. Then they came out with some synthetic sharkskin materials that were called cheap suits, cause of this same price. Sharkskin suits have come and gone in fashion. But lately they have been making a permanent resurgence into the Fashion market with these new Polyester fabrics. These new synthesized fabrics have come a long way since the 60's and are better than the natural fabrics grandpa wore. So if your a purest, you have to finally jump over that hurdle and move forward. They got probably 50 suits in Sharkskin on overstock now. Most are sold out in the popular sizes. You get what you pay for sometimes, but in this case, you have to deal with supply and demand setting the bar now. So hurry while you can, this is obviously the newest fashion trend for 2014 on and I know most of you aren't stupid or they wouldn't be selling like hot cakes. Just beware, its not shiny but has a natural, rich looking shark sheen on it. So you have to choose a bold tie to match as shown on model. Work or play, day or evening, with or without tie these colors fits right in with anything. Looks good on any size or shape, cept maybe Grandpa in the senior home or a funeral. Hopefully you already knew that and you already have a favorite tailor by now.