The Silent Condition Impacting Millions of Retirees

Steve McDonald By Steve McDonald
Bond Strategist, The Oxford Club

Slap In The Face Award


Today’s “Slap in the Face” Award goes out to the baby boomers, and it’s going to sting a little.

I’m not sure when blue jeans became the unofficial uniform of the baby boomers, and just about every generation since, but they did.

Today, I think of them as “a banner for the boomers.”

Wearing denim looked very cool in the movies The Wild One and Rebel Without a Cause, but for most boomers, it’s time to move on to clothing with a better look and fit.

Why? Most of us can’t pull off blue jeans anymore!

When we all had 32-inch waists, jeans looked good. We looked like this guy…


I, for one, lived in my jeans for decades. Nothing felt better than pulling on my favorite pair of Levi’s.

But the truth is, today, most of us (with rare exceptions) suffer from “Dunlop’s disease.” And that’s “Dunlop” as in Dunlop tires.

I call it the “45-degree-angle waist.” It’s where a bloated, overweight belly hangs over the waistband of your jeans, like this…


And it’s not cool. Jeans were never meant to fit or look like this.

When you add in the fact that most people’s jeans are baggy all over, except for the waist, it’s not a pretty picture.

Oh, and to the folks wearing faded, light-colored denim – the leftovers from the era of sky-blue jeans – get rid of them already. It’s not a cool look at all!

I know, your old jeans are comfortable, durable and they still feel great, but come on.

If Dunlop’s disease has hit you (and it’s hit almost all of the boomers), it might be time to find a “cause for the rebel” or not be “the wild one” anymore.

Jeans worked so well for so long, let’s not ruin the memory.

Or, at least, go shopping and find a new pair that fits your new more pronounced shape.

All the best,