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So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:13 pm

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.

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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:43 pm

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).
 
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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:22 pm

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?
 
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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:31 pm

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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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:52 pm

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.
 
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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:18 pm

Allow me be the first:

 
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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:46 pm

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".
 
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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:07 pm

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

Sigh
 
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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:25 pm

Size 30 pants are sometimes too big on me. My waist measures 27 inches.
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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:38 pm



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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:42 am

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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RE: So I Went From 31 To 30 (Pant Size)

Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:20 am

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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