You know what’s going to look funny in 20 or 30 years? Photos of men in those little tiny suits:
You know, sort of like this:
Nobody wants to live or work in a building like this:
if he can help it. Such buildings are torn down or renovated in a different style. Whereas restoring building like this:
is all the rage. Yet people still build apartments like this:
and high schools like this:
and churches like this:
When you build, or dress, or paint, according to the latest fashion, almost always it will end up ugly.
My theory is that the appeal of such things is relative. They are cool or cutting edge, relative to other things. So that if clean lines is fashionable in one decade, then the next fashion will be even cleaner lines, or else dirty lines. Not because clean or dirty lines are beautiful in themselves, but only because they’re a step “beyond” the kind of lines that we liked before.
Thus, the design of a slim-fit suit has no merit of its own but is only a deviation from, or a skewing of, the norm.
In other words the standard is something other than beauty, and at some point, when the fashion has passed, it’s ugliness will become more obvious.