Tuesday, April 17, 2012
You Can’t Fit This…
defined as favorite (if frayed) shirt, pant, tie or jacket that disappears inexplicably from action. To be sure, the 1979 Alabama tour t-shirt did not disappear by itself (granted, the worn-to-translucence fabric may have simply dissolved on it millennial washing), but gone it is.
So in venturing out to purchase a new suit for the first time in some time, I’ve discovered that men’s clothing is now designed to cling to the body. Gone are the days of MC Hammer’s giant drawers into which even the most robust ham-hocks could have found refuge. Gone is the “Big” shirt by Ralph Lauren whose very design took pride in its largess. They are replaced with “skinny” ties and suits to match. Why weren’t the suits skinny when I was and pleated as, well, I’ve filled out? Is it the caprice of timing? Given the choice, is it cheesecake or style that matters most?