Waistline Vs. Actual Waistline

  • metta

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    Sep 07, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
    Waistline Vs. Actual Waistline

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/pants-size-chart-090710

    Your pants have been deceiving you for years. And the lies are compounding:

    waistline-measurement-chart-for-men-0907


    No wonder some of my 31''s sometimes seem like they are too loose, even within the same manufacture.
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    Sep 08, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    Thank you for posting this. I thought I was the only one to notice this and / or was losing my mind!!!!!!
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    Sep 08, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    Haha yeah this annoys the crap out of me. I recently had to buy a few new pairs of jeans and I'm a 33" in Levis, a 35" in one pair of Saba jeans and a 33" in another pair of Saba jeans. So now when I try jeans on I basically have to take into the change room anything from a 32" to a 36" icon_mad.gif
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    Sep 08, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    I have the same issue with length as well.....
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    Sep 08, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Very interesting! I guess I can see the logic in it though... You are more likely to buy a pair of pants that make you think you are smaller than what you actually are
  • HotCoach

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    Sep 08, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    This has been working for women since "fashion" began.
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    Sep 08, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    Yeah, I learned years ago that I actually need to try on pants to see if they will fit. I can never just trust the size on the label and this explains why!
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    Sep 08, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    oh mercy.... there's close to no hope for my fat ass then, lol
  • MrPapo317

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    Sep 08, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    I always try them on now because of this reason
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    Sep 08, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    The norm used to be an extra 1 1/2 for ease but some manufacturers have gotten ridiculous. I've tried on some pants from Old Navy, and it can vary from too tight to too big.
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    Sep 08, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    well that explains why i thought H&M always fitted me so well. now if only they'd open up a store in Houston or open up an online store.
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    Sep 08, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    So then I'm not a size 28 waist? icon_cry.gif
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    Sep 08, 2010 3:25 AM GMT
    Yes, spot on! Old Navy is definitely the brand to wear to make you feel really good about yourself. Extreme vanity sizing! I've found it's only slightly less forgiving with BR and Gap.

    Always try on in store!
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    Sep 08, 2010 4:41 AM GMT
    I've been working in men's tailored clothing for years and vanity sizing has bred an entire generation of ignorant fucktards. Every day I have younger (under 40) guys come in and try to tell me their waist size. I actually have to lie and tell them our correctly sized dress pants and suit trousers run very small so they don't go into hysterics. If I'm taking measurements for custom, I actually try to hide the numbers from them because they will argue until they are blue in the face that the number on the tape is wrong. I've even had to walk a few of them because they could not wrap their heads around the difference between a number they have stuck in their heads, and what actually fits properly.
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    Sep 08, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    every brand is different.

    sizes have definately changed though... in fashion school the industry standard was size 8... the dress form looked like an anorexic chicks body...


    basically they number sizes smaller so you feel better and buy it...
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    Sep 08, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    Thanks so much for posting this. I've changed sizes recently, and it's been impossible to find the right pants without trying them on. I bought a pair of 30" jeans the other day for a trip, and when I put them on I looked like some homeless dude...lol
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    I always try on pants in the store and pretty much ignore the label. Which means I have to bring several sizes with me into the stall. And (try to) put them on and take them off and try the next one and the next one...

    When I find pants that fit I often buy 2 or 3 just to not have to go through this again any time soon.icon_mad.gif
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    Sep 09, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidI've been working in men's tailored clothing for years and vanity sizing has bred an entire generation of ignorant fucktards. Every day I have younger (under 40) guys come in and try to tell me their waist size. I actually have to lie and tell them our correctly sized dress pants and suit trousers run very small so they don't go into hysterics. If I'm taking measurements for custom, I actually try to hide the numbers from them because they will argue until they are blue in the face that the number on the tape is wrong. I've even had to walk a few of them because they could not wrap their heads around the difference between a number they have stuck in their heads, and what actually fits properly.


    Wow, fascinating! I can so see how this could get seriously annoying!