First of thank you for the comments.
A picture and objective eyes are helpful. I have avoided belts for previously stated reasons but I can see your point. Time to revise the assumptions maybe.
I have a lot of school work to do today (thinking of a how to handle professors post this week in the last of my getting ready for university series) but have some random material to share.
My sons, the varying degrees of hipsters, have discovered weird quilting cotton prints, and with it, their mom the sewer.
I now have four shirts on order I hope to get started on once the paying job stuff is out of the way.
One guy chose this fabric and wanted some old school drawstring shorts. I can do old school quite well since that is who and what I am. I used this pattern dispensing with the elastic waist and fake tie (I mean really McCalls we are grown-ups here) and made a real drawstring with an elastic piece in the middle for a little bit of spring: