1980’s — 2010 Fashionable Jeans? Inspires poetry!

In the 1980’s my teenage son was offered £10 (a lot of money in those days) for his tattered old jeans. I had patched them many times but they had got beyond further repair. They were washed out, fraying on all the seams and mainly held together by good will and adoration. He himself had hand-stitched huge godets (upside-down V shaped panels) into the legs to give each hem the width of a skirt, and the weight alone required a firm belt to keep them up! He still treasures those heavy leather belts with their metal buckles. So, long hair, beads, and godets swinging as he walked, with knees pushing through frayed patches, he was a sight to behold. Did he take the £10? Certainly not. They were worth more than money — they were part of his credibility as an up and coming young man to be reckoned with! Fashion (scruffy or not) was part of that credibility.
Nothing has changed.

So, What’s New In Fashion? (poem by Gladys Hobson)

Torn at the knee and frayed at the bum
Zip barely fastened and stuck up with gum
Hems that sag and drag on the ground
Just enough fabric to cover your mound
Studded belt with buckle of steel
To hold up those rags with little revealed.
You think it erotic to bare scruffy knees
Show off your crotch held tight in your jeans
Just leaving enough to catch the eye
While making out you’re incredibly shy?
I’ll tell you, young folks — there’s nothing new
Your parents wore jeans long before you
Back in the eighties when flares were the rage
When drainpipes were out and jeans came of age
All tattered and torn and bleached by the sun
Looking as though shot by a two-barrelled gun.
Yes, and torn off legs for the short-shorts tool
The shorter the better, the golden rule.
Birds to be lured and bucks to snare
With pots of honey in jean-covered ware.

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