Grumpy Old Man – Blinking Students Pt 2!

Blinking Students Pt 2

Blinking Students Pt 2

This is my second blog about the students around my area and you can read my first here Blinking Students Pt 1

Now the clocks have gone forward and the weather has started to turn here in the UK towards sometimes warmer and brighter, my concerns about the local students are growing as they discard their outer coats and allow me and everyone else who follows them an insight into their fashion sense.

I think you know what I mean as the young lads like to express their independence with letting us know their choice of underpants  and the perceived cost of the designer label brands they are wearing. The sight of all these named waistbands as they create their slow moving road blocks is a veritable feast of the top designer names such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Marks and Spencer! That last one is in their for fun as the guys wearing their M&S pants tend not to shout out too much! The worst time to be following one of these dropped trousers walkers is going up a set of stairs as your eye line is set to their waistband and does not make a nice sight!

I’m not sure why they think wearing their trousers below their butt crack is a good look as I’m sure walking with the crotch a few inches above your knee is not that easy and might explain why they have such difficulty in walking faster than a snail’s pace.

I was intrigued as to why this look was fashionable and did some basic research and was fascinated by what I found. It appears that this look was developed in US prisons as a way to show disrespect for authority. The young lads in the US saw the trend being continued by “rap stars” who had “done time” at their concerts and adopted it for their own purposes as a slight on their parents and their own authority leaders.

I also found out that this was also thought to be used as part of the “dating” experience in US prisons and was deemed to tell fellow inmates that you were available for sex so I wondered what some of the cool guys would think when I told them about their current fashion statement. I had to be careful who I spoke with on the matter as I was not sure how they would react so chose a couple of guys who had been to school with my son when they said Hi to me in the High Street one day.

They looked totally gob smacked when I told them and told them to look it up on the web just to check I wasn’t spinning them a yarn. I noticed as they walked away that they pulled up their trousers and we lost the designer waistbands! I must admit I’ve seen them a few times over the past 18 months and I have never since seen them with their trousers around their backside so one success at least!

I have no problem with fashion as it can give you a good laugh at times with what the youngsters think, or are told, is fashionable. I’m sure that many of you feel the same and would welcome your thoughts below


  • Jon Crimes

    Reply Reply April 16, 2014

    Dave, that was a very bold move trying to communicate with the local yoof!

    I know what you mean though, the trouser thing always gets me laughing when I drive past, they look so proud of their badly fitting trousers as well.

    I wonder if the clothing factories put-aside the off-cuts and rejects and sell them on at inflated prices to satisfy the ‘fashion hungry’ population?



    • Dave Thomas

      Reply Reply April 17, 2014


      I felt on safe ground as I knew them both, but it is like trying to hold back the tide with a colander, you are unlikely to stop it!

      I am not attempting it with total strangers, I don’t want my ugly mug rearranged any more! 🙂

      Thanks for the comment


  • Gill Potter

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    Hi Dave

    Although I can’t say I’m enamoured with some of today’s fashions, I’m sure the ‘older generation'(of which I’m one these days lol)of our time weren’t too impressed with our fashion sense either.

    Remember the good old hot pants and mini skirts of the 60/70’s. I certainly remember my dad saying “You are NOT going out dressed like that!” lol

    As for the lads today showing their ‘designer’ pants, it could be worse. I don’t know about you but I’ve seen a few sights over the years having been exposed to the odd ‘builders bum’ lol

  • Graeme Ashe

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    Hi Dave

    Wow that was a funny story it cheered me up reading it and I commend you for actually saying what was on your mind as many of us wouldn’t. I am only in my thirties but when I see this it makes me feel old. I don’t get the youth of today when I look around at some the styles it seems to be all over the place with the 50’s hair dos and the 70’s beards and the thick black rimmed nhs type specs seem to be back in style. Whats going on 🙂

    Take Care


  • terrym

    Reply Reply April 25, 2014

    hey Dave Like your blog site. I am only 6 weeks in so I am having a few challenges but I have been enjoying the journey. Your comment on the fashion of today is very insightful and amusing. I found Graeme’s comment funny as I would turn it around a bit and say the 50’s hair, black rimmed glasses,70’s beards, the low riding pants and these are just the woman…ha!. Anyway enjoyed will check back. Thanks Terrym Canada

    • DaveThomas

      Reply Reply April 25, 2014


      Thanks for your comment and your compliment. I’ll look forward to visiting your site when it pops up and seeing how you are getting on and adding some comments to your posts.

      To your success


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