For the past few years I have talked to my university classes about the body and how it is perceived/judged/valued, etc. within Western culture. I have been getting blank stares when I mention changes in men’s fashion to accentuate the V-taper (goes back to roughly 1920) they stare at me blankly. I asked if they know what a I am talking about - release the crickets. Funny thing, some remember the power shoulder pads for women in the 1980’s. My students are evenly divided from urban, suburban and rural areas generally from the Northeast- if you are curious.
I have talked about this with my wife some. And it strikes me that in today’s fashion the outline for men is nearly straight up and down and women now have claim to the v-taper. Male models (and it seems in general) lack back muscularity, especially width. I think it stems partially from the not to have a body that looks like it picks-up heavy objects, i.e. that of manual labor, so in some ways it is a class based look.
So I guess the question is, has the v-taper switched teams?