This morning I trundled off to my local Mark’s Work Warehouse because I needed various items of clothing – I’ve been putting it off because I’m not much on clothes shopping. I was looking at some shirts in the store and there was a sign saying “Modern Fit”. Another rack had a sign that said “Classic Fit”. Geez Louise, this is worse than trying to figure out coffee sizes at FiveBucks. At any rate I eventually found the stuff I needed and headed for the cash.
I could not leave the store, however, without commenting. “Sorry to have to ask,” I said, “but what the heck is “Modern Fit” vs “Classic Fit”. The clerk told me it was like a code. Modern Fit apparently means “slim fit”, like the funny suits those guys wore last season on Hockey Night in Canada. “Classic Fit” means the clothes are roomier and I presume more comfortable. Apparently modern men are skinnier than classic men. Who knew?
I could have left it at that, paid for my clothes and just left, but I had to ask, “What then is Post-Modern Fit?” The clerk looked at me for a second, trying to decide if I was serious. Then she started laughing. I laughed too. My guess is post modern men wear “chinos”. I don’t know what a chino is exactly, but I first heard the word around the same time I first heard about post-modernism. I didn’t ask about “deconstructing” the clothing size corporate linguistic system though, but I confess I thought about it. I also considered asking about neo-modern fit, addressing the critique of modernism by post-modern clothing manufacturers.
There are so many codes you have to understand to navigate your way through the world these days. This can be difficult for me. I don’t even know who the latest pop-stars are. Alas.