"A survey shows that the last time most men are able to fasten their trousers around anything resembling a natural waist is at the age of 39. After that, the only way is up, or down. Over-achievers, as they are known in the rag trade, hoist their trousers so high by the age of 57 the waistband can be just 18 centimetres under the armpits. The under-achievers, making up about 20 per cent, plump for below, fumbling to fasten belts, buttons and zips they can no longer see." - Caroline Davies, Trouser turn-up: level of men's waistband a clue to age, guardian.co.uk, 27 January 2010.