Good News for Hipsters: Nordstrom Rolls Out Extra-Slim Mens’ Shirts

The skinny on menswear

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Even for Ryan Gosling, tight enough is no longer tight enough. (Getty)

It’s no longer just post-modernist theorists in grad school. Taking cues from millennials, men of all stripes are becoming keener to the latest menswear trend: the slimmer, the better.

In a world where skinny jeans are nearly compulsory, Nordstrom is stepping it up a notch—or rather, way, way down. This season the upscale retailer is introducing a new line of extra-slim shirts for men, getting rid of those pesky four extra inches of material around the waist and chest that was apparently really cramping the style of well-coiffed businessmen.

Historicizing the rise of slender wear, Bloomberg News notes “the great slim-down” began in 2000 with designers like Hedi Slimane and Thom Browne, starting with close-cut suits and then dress shirts to match. From there, spouses with taste, more lenient office dress codes, and 80 million 18 to 30-year-olds began to fuel the skinny shirt’s fame.

Sorry, hipsters. Looks like you’re all more mainstream than you thought.

Good News for Hipsters: Nordstrom Rolls Out Extra-Slim Mens’ Shirts