Measurements/Waist Size

  • njnick

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    Apr 21, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    Hi guys - I've kinda heard about this before in terms of american sized pants shaving off an inch or two on the size - but in prep of starting a new fitness program I've taken my 'true' measurements for the first time. I mean I've been fitted for shirts & suits before - but guess I didn't really pay attention.

    I've been wearing a size 31 or even a 30 in low rise jeans for the past few years - but when I measured the smallest part of my waist - it's a 34. Needless to say I kinda lost my appetite for dinner tonite...lol.

    When you guys list your waist size on your profiles, are you going by your jean waist size - or your actual measurements? I've always felt like I was on the lean side - but seeing my waist as a 34 and a chest of only 39 I suddenly feel the way that a teenage girl must feel about looking kinda misshapen?

    Feedback? Thanks!

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    Apr 21, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    numbers shmumbers.... really.

    I use the numbers that the nice people at GAP put in their jeans. Are they right? Doubt it. Do I care? No. If it looks OK... big deal.
  • njnick

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    Apr 21, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    Haha - thanks Lostboy - that makes me feel better....
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    Apr 21, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    well, i think my true waist is a 27 or 28 but i wear 20 or 29 jeans, sometimes... very rarely... a 30 depending on the brand. but its rare..

    i know, im a scarecrow. i hate it
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    Apr 21, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    It's called flattery sizing and women's clothing makers have been doing this for years. Now they realize how vain guys can be also.

    Most women who are a size 12 know they're not a size 8, but they still feel giddy when they can fit into a size 8 dress. Never underestimate the human capacity for self deception.
  • Bunjamon

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    Apr 21, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    I've been buying 34" pants for a looooong time, but they're starting to feel tighter around the waist. icon_eek.gif I don't think I'm looking chunky, so I'm wondering what the deal is....

    I post what I wear. It's not that big a deal, anyway. If you look proportionate, who cares what your waist size is?
  • ArmsandLegs

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    Apr 21, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Are you sure you're measuring at the correct spot? "True" waist measurements are taken about 1-2" above the navel, whereas your true hip measurement is where most pants ride, about 1-2" below your navel.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    Are you measuring your stomach or your waist? Those are two different numbers and spots and most guys will have a larger number for stomach than waist. I use my actual numbers and can attest that when I really started working out in Jan, my stomach was 6 inches bigger than my waist. Over the last two months my waist has stayed the same although the stomach is shrinking (thank God!!!).
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:30 AM GMT
    My waist is a 32 in real life, but when I buy jeans, the 29's are usually falling off of me (and those are the slim-fit, btw). Kinda pisses me off.

    If you get good dress pants, those shouldn't have the same issue. Almost all suits I've worn with a 32" pant have fit perfectly.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:31 AM GMT
    njnick saidFeedback? Thanks!
    Erm, your incredibly hot.. the numbers don't change that.. besides to fit my legs and butt into jeans I had to get a 36 waist.. now go think about THAT one icon_razz.gif thank gawd for belts or I'd be getting charged for indecent exposure hahaha

    Seriously though, numbers are unimportant, strip naked *closes eyes and thinks about that for a moment* stand in front of a mirror and if you like what you see be happy with it, if you aren't change it numbers are about as important as toast in this equation
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    I have never actually measured my waist but I have been able to easily fit into 28/30 (waist) jeans. Just recently I went jean shopping and about cried when a 30 would not go around my waist icon_eek.gif Now I settle with a 32...
  • njnick

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    Apr 21, 2009 2:03 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    njnick saidFeedback? Thanks!
    Erm, your incredibly hot.. the numbers don't change that.. besides to fit my legs and butt into jeans I had to get a 36 waist.. now go think about THAT one icon_razz.gif thank gawd for belts or I'd be getting charged for indecent exposure hahaha

    Seriously though, numbers are unimportant, strip naked *closes eyes and thinks about that for a moment* stand in front of a mirror and if you like what you see be happy with it, if you aren't change it numbers are about as important as toast in this equation


    Thanks Tanker - I really appreciate the kind words. It's not really so much about not liking the way I look - it's really more of something I was pondering. Especially venturing into tracking my progress, etc. which numbers to use.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    use gap numbers hahaha

    ;)

    Actually when I got my last pair (32) the lady said that I should really get the 31, but they were were like wearing lycra on my ass icon_rolleyes.gif Just a BIT obvious icon_wink.gif

    The 32 are now somewhat too large on the waist.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    Funny I'm glad I'm not "WAIST-LINE" boy any longer. I just don't want my rear to grow! It's a matter of gravity what goes up will come down. At the moment you can still bounce quarters.
  • njnick

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    Apr 21, 2009 2:25 PM GMT
    Lostboy saiduse gap numbers hahaha

    ;)

    Actually when I got my last pair (32) the lady said that I should really get the 31, but they were were like wearing lycra on my ass icon_rolleyes.gif Just a BIT obvious icon_wink.gif

    The 32 are now somewhat too large on the waist.


    Yeah- GAP jeans no longer seem to fit me - nor do Old Navy or any of the other $30 buck or less jeans.....Seems I need something a little larger in the back end....otherwise the front end is a bit too uncomfortable/obscene.

    Right now (to my hubbie's dismay at the cost) the best fitting one's I've found are Diesel which I can wear a 31 comfortably. The Guess jeans (which I guess are more european cut) I have to go up to a 33 - but then they're either too snug in the crotch or too baggy in the leg. And dont even mention length...seems I need to get everything shortened....Jeez - when I was in my 20s everything fit so much easier....lol
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:38 PM GMT

    I was taught that the correct place to measure the circumference of the waist was at the level of the umbilicus. The hip measurement is taken as the maximum circumference round the bum.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:40 PM GMT
    I wear a size 34 to 38 depending on the brand of the jeans. I have measured my hips and waist and I am at 36 on both with a measureing tape. But having said that, many people tell me that I have lost my gut, but my waist size stays the same ( I havent lost anything in my love handles) .

    This just proves the point of what everyone is saying here. Numbers mean nothing. The numbers I just mentioned dont point out that I am healthy and working hard to stay that way and that I am happy with myself.

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Apr 21, 2009 2:50 PM GMT
    I also measure my waist at my navel. I can tell tell you that as a 6 foot guy, having a sub 30 inch waist makes trying to shop for pants a nightmare. Especially given that years of being a pedestrian combined with the college fencing team have resulted in my not having a flat rear end.

    If you're finding that the only jeans that fit you are those insanely expensive ones, take a look at Make Your Own Jeans. It's a site where you send them a bunch of measurements of yourself, pick out the style and fabric you want, and they make a custom pair of jeans for around $50. I ordered a pair last year, and they're now my date jeans--they fit so much better than any of my other pairs.

    With the ability to get custom made ones at that price, I do not understand the desire of some people to spend in the triple digits for a designer label.
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    Apr 21, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
    the size in jeans is not the measurement at the top of the pants. the "waist" is what your actual waist should be to fit into the jeans. since none of the brands you are talking about are made to fit on the actual waist the top of the pants is larger (meant to fit at your hips).

    if someone's waist actually measured 30" they would not be able to wear pants that literally measured 30" at the waist (the measurement of the jean would need to be 31").

    As far as vanity sizing, in general the cheaper the clothing the larger it is going to be. That is just demographics... their customers are larger.

    NJnick, if you want to track your progress the tape measure does not change.
  • MusicMan87

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    Apr 21, 2009 2:58 PM GMT
    like most guys have said, pant size is an awful way to judge progress. I have always thought that some companies will make pants bigger based on their demographic because I used to work at Banana Republic and would swim in most of their clothes. But I go to H&M and a size 29 is almost too small. So just realize that sizes in fashion are arbitrary and you will always look best if what you buy what FITS.

    My dad always said, if you're exercising and eating right, you are the size you should be. icon_biggrin.gif So dont fret it too much!
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    Apr 21, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
    njnick saidThanks Tanker - I really appreciate the kind words. It's not really so much about not liking the way I look - it's really more of something I was pondering. Especially venturing into tracking my progress, etc. which numbers to use.
    oh that I get then, I still wouldn't be too concerned about the numbers as individuals but as a whole.

    I'll never have a great V from shoulder to waist, but, I was never really built for that so I just watch the numbers to make sure there going in the directions I'd like and leave it at that..
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    Apr 21, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    Thanks for clearing things up guys. I thought i was going crazy trying on 31 and 30's instead of my standard 32. I can't even wear a new size 32 with a belt. now. But try to find a 31 w 33 !.
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    Apr 21, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    most places I go Im a size 28, but when I measured it was like a 30