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So that’s why Old Navy pants are so comfortable!

September 7, 2010


I’ve explained to my children that sizes are simple references so that you know if one item doesn’t fit to go up or down a size.  The actual number doesn’t matter so much since similar articles of clothing from different brands could be labelled completely differently.  Of course, I assumed (again!) that pants designated with a waist measurement for the size were different.  Wrong.

Abram Sauer, writing for Esquire, found that size 36″ pants at Old Navy were actually 41″ in diameter!  Old Navy had the greatest discrepancy but none of the pants measured were actually 36″.

Which reminds me, shouldn’t all of the items at one store be sized using the same system?  Lululemon pants are crazy.  I vary three sizes depending on fabric and cut.  I learned my lessons:  Always try the pants on first and never rip out the tag before double-checking the fit.

And don’t trust the label.

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