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    How is it that I have a 41 inch waist, 39.5 inch hips and yet...I can squeeze into a 34 inch waist jean? I know it's tight..but I still can where a 36" waist jean that I need a belt......but the ass is so baggy I look like some young gun at the mall! LOL

    Does this make any sense?

    When I do get down to a 34" waist, ....will I be wearing 28" jeans?
    55 yr old male


    Weight; 199
    Chest; 41.5
    Waist; 42
    Hips; 40
    Thigh; 22.5
    Calf; 15
    Bicep: 13
    Forearm; 11.5
    Neck; 17


    Weight; 200
    Chest; 42
    Waist; 42.5
    Hips; 39
    Thigh; 23
    Calf; 15
    Bicep: 13
    Forearm; 11.5
    Neck; 16

  • #2
    From what I understand, this kind of phenomenon is called "vanity sizing." Usually seen more in women's clothing but I suppose men's clothing isn't immune either. Supposedly over the course of time clothing companies have started making clothing bigger and bigger with smaller corresponding size numbers. For example, what used to be a size 12 might be considered a size 8 now etc etc. This is probably the case with your pants. The tag may say 34, but the actual measurements are much bigger, as you have found out.


    • #3
      Yeah, vanity sizing an all, man's jeans should be whatever inches waist and then there is the length too. Like for instance 34W x 32L. Then there are the different cuts. Boot cut, refular fit, relaxed, etc.

      I don't know if mans sizes have expanded that much, but in the ladies department is kindof ridiculous. Today's size 2 is more like size 6 or 8 of years ago. And then they vary so much from one manufacturer to another. Whatever will get the sales up, i guess.


      • #4
        I have jeans that range in size from 2 to 9. Many stores don't carry jeans small enough for me, yet I am average height and in the middle of the "healthy" weight range for my height. I'm 30 and have the choice of paying too much at Express or shopping in the juniors section and looking like a hooker.


        • #5
          The hooker thing seems very popular lately.
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          • #6
            My boyfriend is Asian and not big, but hardly skinny. He wears size 28 28 size jeans, which they don't seem to sell anymore in the men's department. 40 28 sure. He has to buy a 16 husky.


            • #7
              I am jealous of my asian friends that can shop in the children's section of nice stores. I'm slightly too big for that and have to pay more for the same thing in the juniors section. Oh well, this fall I'll be in friend's wedding and I'll probably be the tallest female in the bridal party. I haven't felt tall since I lived in Honolulu.


              • #8
                I've found the opposite. I wear 38s when I'm about a 32 waist. It could just be body type.

                I bet you have a small butt and thighs, so your waist can "steal" the extra room due to this.
                Last edited by wiltondeportes; 03-30-2013, 01:08 PM.


                • #9
                  I'm a NZ size 10 "junior" as I go to a young-person's clothing shop. This supposedly corresponds to a size 8 junior in the US or a size 6 women's. But, most of my US clothing is labeled size 4 (women's).

                  I reckon that I'm really just a US women's size 8 or so (using the sizing from the dressmaker's stuff from the 1950s) and that it would be tailored into my hourglass.


                  • #10
                    Clothes for women at discount retailers are cut for wheat bellies. I don't even bother, with a relatively small waist, and big thighs and arms, to shop at Target or Old Navy anymore. It won't fit.

                    Menswear is similarly cut. My husband has a beer belly....shirts still hang off of him.

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                    • #11
                      I think it depends on where the jeans are supposed to sit on you.

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                      • #12
                        Clothes sizing is ridiculous. Vanity sizing means things in the children's section fits me just fine, even a little too big starting from children's size 12. As for adults...forget it. I think Walnart and Old Navy are the worst at this over sizing stuff.
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                        • #13
                          I can tell you that in europe, sizes are smaller, shirts are almost a size less (size L american=size XL here) and the same goes for pant/jeans sizes, although even in the US it varies from one brand to another, in my experience Levis jean size are the most accurate, or at least less inaccurate than the rest. Old Navy and American Eagle are on the higher side, followed closely by abercrombie.


                          • #14
                            being a 28w/34l mens, I have to import.
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                            • #15
                              Clothing in the US is sized for giants, not just big but tall. I am of average height, yet not only must I buy jeans that are petite, but they are usually too long also.