While women everywhere are feeling pressure, as usual, to drop a jean size or three, especially to pull off the latest look in denim: skin tight "Jeggings," the current trend for men, is of all things, potbellies, reports Guy Trebay of The New York Times.
This flabby fad has cropped up in Brooklyn, New York where hipsters are seen sporting obligatory cut-offs, canvas slip-ons, straw fedoras and now a white tee filled out with a belly slouch.
Trebay is careful to note though that this trend is unlike the tremendous status guts of old that used to indicate prosperity in more frugal times.
This generation's belly is Homer Simpson lite. No full-on beer gut allowed -- just a few extra layers of fat to form the early makings of a mini-paunch.
Rather than chalk it up to a recessionary trend, Trebay thinks this is just the hipster's contrarian ways.
He quotes Dan Peres, editor of Details magazine as saying, "If we had a slob in the White House, all the hipsters would turn into some walking Chippendales calendar."
How do you weigh in on this nouveau potbelly? Is it contrarian chic or just plain gross? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.
If your scrawny man needs to add a little to his middle, your best bet might be the drive-thru.