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So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3810 posts, RR: 51
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

So here's what happened. I went to Old Navy the other day to pick up some graphic tees mainly, and a shirt or two. On my way to the shirts I saw some nice Khakis and a pair or two of jeans that I liked, and I said what the heck, I'll give them a shot. So I picked up a 31/30 of each because that is and has always been my size. First my plan was to just buy them without trying them on because they usually fit me quite well, but I was in no hurry that day so I went to the fitting rooms. I was kind of surprised because all 3 of them were too loose, not a lot, but too much to wear them without a belt. This came as a surprise because I didn't know or notice I'd lost weight, a little bit maybe, a pound or two. So I went back to the mens section and got them in 30/30. They fit perfectly. They were comfortable and just right, not too tight but not too loose. I kind of walked around the store in the khakis once or twice to check out if they're good, and I liked them a lot. The guy at the fitting rooms said they're not too short and not too long and that I look good in them. I kind of struck up a conversation with him and was thrilled when he handed me a 35% coupon that you were supposed to have gotten in the mail and that was good only for a couple of days.
Anyway, the reason why this was so special was that I hadn't really expected this, nor was I too excited or anything, but not unsurprised either, maybe mildly surprised. I mean it's not like I gained or lost 20 pounds or something, now that would have been a big thing. It was more like a little thing, a tiny surprise. I guess I have to start looking for 30/30s now when I go shopping in the future, and no longer pick up the 31/30s like I used to do.

Soren   


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

I'd rather verify with a proper measuring tape – clothing manufacturers often use sheer fantasy size scales in order to flatter their "larger" customers (which can shift down their smaller sizes as well).

User currently offlineflight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3388 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2782 times:

It's probably due to differences in sizing between different stores and/or pant styles as Klaus pointed out. It's one inch, who cares?

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

I can't even remember the last time I wore pants with a 30 or 31" waist so count yourself lucky.


Pants are one thing I always try on no matter what. There are going to be issues with vanity sizing like Klaus mentioned (I thought that was more of an issue w/ woman's clothing TBH) and different cuts fit different. So I'll usually grab the size I think I am, maybe one up and down, and depending on what I am looking at a different cut.


My GF buys her pants at Old Navy almost exclusively and even among the same lines/same cut fit can vary a lot. Old Navy is REALLY bad about that, not to mention that for any item at the beginning of the season (say a t-shirt or tank) will be noticeably different in material and quality later in the season -- usually for the worse (again this is on the woman's side of the store).



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
There are going to be issues with vanity sizing like Klaus mentioned (I thought that was more of an issue w/ woman's clothing TBH)

I've had several different real waist sizes when I last tried on different pants with nominally identical size tags, so either some of the manufacturers were just sloppy or they did indeed fudge the sizes somewhat. The differences were not huge, but big enough to be clearly noticeable.


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2750 times:

Allow me be the first:



User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8190 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

When fabric is cut to make moderately priced clothing they might cut a 3 foot stack of cloth with a pattern saw. That builds in some variation in sizing. The design also can fit differently than a previous design.

And, of course, companies play games with sizing. Customers will be far happier with a product when they can wear "one size smaller".


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

I remember when I could buy 30 waist size pants, dimly - long ago - long, long ago.

Sigh


User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 847 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2650 times:

Size 30 pants are sometimes too big on me. My waist measures 27 inches.


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User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2038 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2628 times:



I'm surprised nobody has posted the cargo bay picture yet.

[Edited 2012-09-06 16:39:35]


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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2535 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 3):
I can't even remember the last time I wore pants

Me neither.

(Well hey, it's been a bloody hot Minnesota summer, and I do work a night shift in a data center... Australian football shorts and a long-sleeve tee has been my uniform since about March)



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User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2527 times:

This reminds me of a Seinfeld episode.

When I graduated High School I wore size 30 Levis 501s and could pull them off without unbuttoning them! Fortunately a quick scan of Facebook tells me I'm not the only one who has had to adjust their expectations  


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