Waist Measurement - How do you reckon it?

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    Feb 20, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    After seeing a great many RJ'ers with waist measurements in the 30-32 range... I want to ask:

    How do you take your measurement - do you use a flexible tape measure, or is he number you use your pants waist size?

    For those that use a tape, do you measure the narrowest part of your thorax, or do you go for a measurement over your hip bones (illiac crests) or lapping it over your bellybutton?

    Do you suck in your gut, or breathe out?

    Do you make the tape snug, but loose enough avoid forming a little "muffin top" (assuming you have a little excess body fat in the waist/abdomen) ?

    Just kind of curious as to how people take this measure, as I wonder if my dream of joining the "32 or smaller" waist size club is grounded in any sort of reality.

    As for me, the 38.5" in my profile is taken with a fabric tape measure, around the bellybutton, parallel to the floor, snugged but not pinching into skin.

    Pants waist size varies depending on maker and cut, but tends to mean around 36 for most pants I currently wear.
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    Feb 20, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    Your waist measurement is the narrowest part of your abdomen while in a natural relaxed state. Pants size measurements are pretty much irrelevant to the actual size of your waist. Backwards but true. Unless you buy them overseas, those tend to be spot on with the actual size in my experience.
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    Feb 20, 2011 5:40 PM GMT
    This is nice to know. I for one measured around pelvic bone where my pants sit...time to go re-measure.
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    Feb 20, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    I take the measurement a tailor gives me for my dress pants. He knows where my waist is. (Don't yah just love when he measures your inseam, and touches your balls, and asks what side you dress on?)

    And that measurement tracks with what fits me off-the-rack. I desperately need to bring it back 6 inches, to what it was when I arrived in Florida 4 years ago. But age, and a partner who loves eating, has taken its toll. I blame myself, but anyway...

    I can no longer wear my tux, nor anything else I had before I came down here. I resist buying new, because I'll lose all motivation to lose weight, and to bring my waist back under control. Horrible, horrible, horrible... icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 20, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    People don't wear jeans over the narrowest part of your abodomen! Unless they want to look like people in the 80s, they usually measured the waist measurement around the pelvic bones. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense. How are you going to get the right measurement for your jeans if you don't measure it around your pelvic bone. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 20, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    measuring by the pelvic bone is usually the hip
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    Feb 20, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidYour waist measurement is the narrowest part of your abdomen while in a natural relaxed state. Pants size measurements are pretty much irrelevant to the actual size of your waist. Backwards but true. Unless you buy them overseas, those tend to be spot on with the actual size in my experience.


    I like this, but I must have an unusual shape - the narrowest part of my abdomen would be about 2 inches above my navel (right at the bottom of my rib cage) at around 35in.

    The location I use is directly over the navel, according to USMC standards (figure they are doing it right, as there are plenty of chubby airmen and sailors, and a few chunky soldiers, but I have yet to see an out of shape Marine...)

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    Feb 20, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    frenchatheart saidPeople don't wear jeans over the narrowest part of your abodomen!


    A waist measurement is an anatomical marker. If you're concerned about the fit of pants go to a store and try some on.
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    Feb 20, 2011 6:20 PM GMT
    frenchatheart saidPeople don't wear jeans over the narrowest part of your abodomen! Unless they want to look like people in the 80s, they usually measured the waist measurement around the pelvic bones. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense. How are you going to get the right measurement for your jeans if you don't measure it around your pelvic bone. icon_rolleyes.gif



  • metta

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    Feb 20, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    I just put my pant size. I realize it is not accurate but I have not measured my body parts. 31" is just an rough estimate. I will say that I hate the 'loose' style pants/shorts. I always feel like they are going to fall off.
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    Feb 20, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    hmm that is a good topic. I'd like to know the standards of measuring the waist myself.

    - I measure using a regular tailor tape.
    - I breath out ALL THE WAY and then look down, wherever is the highest point of my belly, thats the level i measure..
    - I dont tighten it at all

    Basically, I try to get the BIGGEST measurement possible as it is the worst number i have to deal with. And watching it slowing going down is also a fun thin thing. It was 34in. Now its 32.5in.

    I guess as long as you stay consistent in your method, it will do just fine to monitor your waist size.. Anyone with a better idea?
  • neosyllogy

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    Feb 20, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    I just used the most comfortable pants waist size (though one that almost never seems to fit owing to commensurately skinny thigh size of the pants).
    Not surprised this is likely wrong. My roomie has a clothe tape measure, I guess I should check that out (curious as much as anything).

    Speaking of pants... can anyone please (yes, I'm begging) help me find some that fit me.
    See thread: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1393637/
    Really frustrated trying to find pants that fit my thighs without being designed for the overweight. (Not being mean to the overweight, it's just a bad fit for me.)
    Really losing patience (dealing with this for years, making special belts to keep giant waisted pants from sagging, etc.) icon_evil.gif
    Please. icon_cry.gif
  • metta

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    Feb 20, 2011 8:23 PM GMT
    ^
    you probably have to get them tailored. That is exactly why I have always been very careful to not over work my legs. Every time my pants start to get too tight I just tone. For people that have gone too far beyond that, they really need to get them tailored. But then again, Tom Ford thinks that everyone should get their clothing tailored to make sure their clothes fit properly.
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    Feb 20, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    neosyllogy saidI just used the most comfortable pants waist size (though one that almost never seems to fit owing to commensurately skinny thigh size).
    Not surprised this is likely wrong. My roomie has a clothe tape measure, I guess I should check that out (curious as much as anything).

    Speaking of pants... can anyone please (yes, I'm begging) help me find some that fit me.
    See thread: http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1393637/
    Really frustrated trying to find pants that fit my thighs without being designed for the overweight. (Not being mean to the overweight, it's just a bad fit for me.)
    Really losing patience (dealing with this for years, making special belts to keep giant pants from sagging, etc.) icon_evil.gif
    Please. icon_cry.gif



    GAP has a pretty good collection on jeans. I too have trouble finding jeans pants that fit me without resorting to skinny jeans. Interestingly enough, GAP solved my issue and they are a perfect fit. You might need help from the salespeople. I had one kid who helped me with explaining various items like Boot-cut, low cut, etc. Also, It's worth the money to invest in a pair of good jeans. I see hot guys with baggy worn out jeans that don't accentuate their legs or their butts. It's such a shame. Why not just wear a cloak? If they pay a LITTLE bit of attention to their clothes, they would be the hottes things out there. And I don't think it's a women thing to be particular about clothes. Forget the tailoring, they only change the length of the pants and not others. If you want a cutom-made suits or jeans, it's very expensive.
  • neosyllogy

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    Feb 20, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    ^2 Thanks, though I have the opposite problem. The jeans' thighs are too skinny, my thighs are too large. GAP has some nice pants, but I didn't have any luck last time I went to them.

    ^Darn. That could have been great. I'm saving up to spend time abroad doing some side projects, so don't really have a budget for regular tailoring. (In the end I might just end up going with the giant shapless pants again, but I'm hoping... icon_confused.gif )
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    Feb 20, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    frenchatheart saidPeople don't wear jeans over the narrowest part of your abodomen!


    A waist measurement is an anatomical marker. If you're concerned about the fit of pants go to a store and try some on.


    QFT


    If you're getting things tailored it can be cheaper to combine it with a vacation. Get some nice tailored shirts while you're at it.

    I got some in Hong Kong and my friends always have stuff made when in Bangkok (I had too much luggage already when I was there). There must be somewhere in the Caribbean or Mexico or whereever that's good for finding a tailor.
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    Feb 20, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    My waist measurement comes out to 29.5, however i usually by 30 or 31 jeans. One time i tried this 30x30 AE slim fit jeans cause i never owned one. Well when i was in the changing room pulling these slim fit jean, i could not for the life of me pull my jeans pass the apex of my glutius maximus! icon_eek.gif Yes the jeans did hug my legs pretty well, but i couldn't get the jeans on. Oh well, no more slim fit jeans for me. haha
  • fitartistsf

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    Feb 20, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    I always thought that it was around the Pelvic bones that you measured. I was informed by my private trainer (been in the business almost 30 years), that the proper place for men to measure their waist was roughly an inch or so below the lowest rib bone. I was shocked, if this is right, I went from a size 32 to a size 34+ waist.....(didn't help much in my feelings of being fat, made it worse, LOL)
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Feb 20, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    heybreaux saidImage and video hosting by TinyPic

    A. 48"
    B. 38"
    C. 29.5" (The smallest point on the thorax)
    D. 33"
    E. 31.5"
    F. 32" (Where my hip bone reaches its peak)

    The correct answer using this great image is the line marked "E." The waist measurement should be taken with a fabric tape measure approximately 2 inches below the navel.

    My waist at that location measures 1 3/4 inches bigger than my pant size - which I wear loose.
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    Feb 20, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    ahh thanks for the insight, guys