Muffin-top revisited

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 27 16:32:09 UTC 2009

A few years ago, one of the new words under discussion for WOTY was
"muffin top" (with or without a hyphen), referring to flesh-rolls
overhanging tight, low-cut pants/jeans/trousers/slacks. Today's New York
Times has, in the business section, an article about selling men on
well-fitting clothing in which "muffin top" is used to refer to excess
fabric blousing out when a poorly-fitting shirt is tucked in to,
presumably, well-fitting pants jeans.

Here's the money quote: "Bonobos makes shorts and polo shirts and is
working on dress shirts that do away with the “muffin top” created by
excess fabric around the waist. And it plans to make suits."
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