Baby Got…. Fat???: The Truth About Men’s Waistlines

I feel cheated and lied to. How hard is it to create a pair of pants with a 36″ waist. You would think that a 36″ measurement would be standard. You would think that you could trust these companies to be honest. I don’t want them lying to me. I don’t want to pretend that I have a smaller waist. I just learned that my waist has been bigger than my inseam for years! The horror of that. This is seriously not acceptable. These companies need to get their act together and create pants based on real sizes instead of pretend sizes.

The devastating realization came in H&M. Specifically, in a pair of size 36 dress pants. I’d never bought pants at H&M before, and suddenly asked myself: how could a 36-inch waist suddenly be so damn tight?

I’ve never been slim — I played offensive line in high school — but I’m no cow either. (I’m happily a “Russell Crowe” body type.) So I immediately went across the street, bought a tailor’s measuring tape, and trudged from shop to shop, trying on various brands’ casual dress pants. It took just two hours to tear my self-esteem to smithereens and raise some serious questions about what I later learned is called “vanity sizing.”

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

via Pants Size Chart – Mens Pant Sizes by Brand – Esquire.


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