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DEANJR86 Posts: 126
4/19/12 3:18 P

As to the original post, there are several different cuts of jeans on the market in just about every brand. If you get "classic", they will probably fit more similarly to your old jeans. I like to get "slim" because it allows me to wear a 32-34 when I actually have a 30" waist. (Yeah, nobody seems to make 30-34 jeans...)

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4/10/12 2:01 A

Personally, I don't think Capri pants look good on anyone male or female! Just like those spandex running pants. Those only look good on like 1 in a hundred and I swear to double god, some women don't have mirrors at home .... because if they could see what their asses look like in those pants, I would never half too!

4/8/12 10:47 A

If you need a 36 inseam, get the 36. Trust me, men should NOT wear capri pants. It's not a manly look.

If you're struggling to fit a 36 inch inseam into 34 pants, you're either going to have to wear them too high or too low. Either way, not flattering.

Nads, those jeans sound very cool. I used to make my jeans over that way, and I'm not nearly tall enough to worry about pants being too short. Too long yes, but hemming stuff is easy.

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4/7/12 6:34 P

There were 8 kids in my family. Mom used to take our Levis, split the seam and sew bell bottoms onto them to make them longer. She would use like patriotic material. We thought they were cool and we were the Partridge Family or something.

I used to buy 34 inseam and think they would work and I always regretted it cause I looked like a dork with those floods on.

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4/6/12 6:30 P

I know what you mean about the inseam part, I need at least a 34 but I like a 36 better. It seams like most stores only have short pants. I like the waterproof athletic pants sometimes but most of them are highwater on me due to only having like a 32" inseam. I also have been going to second hand stores to find old Levis (still American made but most of them are just a 30" inseam. Either only short people donate or all the long ones get snagged up as soon as they get

4/6/12 3:58 P

I do get a bit tired of the basketball questions, especially since oldest is not at all athletic.

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4/6/12 2:38 P

I think they closed the Gap store here but I will check. Thanks for the info.

6'5"??? OMG- bet you get sick of the b-ball questions

4/6/12 2:31 P

NADS, the Gap and Old Navy reliably have jeans and chinos with a 35 or 36 inseam. Don't know if those are your style, but at least they will be the right length.

My oldest son is 6'5" and has a hard time finding pants that are long enough, especially since he's such a beanpole. I usually find a bunch of 40/35, 38/35 etc. when I'm hunting through the stacks in search of a 32/35.

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4/6/12 11:42 A

I can comfortably wear a 38 in wrangler, or some of the cheaper brands but my levis are smaller and very snug. When I was heavier, most of my pants were 42's but some 44's fit just the same. I have long arms so I always have to try on shirts unless they are short sleeve.
MY bitch, hard to find pants with a 35 or 36" inseem, especially at the second hand stores. No one else has long legs???

4/6/12 8:10 A

Marilyn Monroe's weight fluctuated throughout her career.

If you watch the movies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot, you can see a very slim Marilyn and a rather chunky Marilyn.

But the size numbers were different back then. My grandmother was a seamstress, and I have a collection of her old dressmaker patterns from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, some of which I have made for myself. In her pattern stock, I wear either a 10 or a 12 depending on the cut. In regular store-bought clothes, I wear a 2 or 4. My body is the same, but the numbers are vastly different.

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4/5/12 9:40 P


Marilyn Monroe Facts
Measurements (dressmaker's claim): 35-22-35 (inches)
88.9 - 55.8 - 88.9 (centimeters)

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
4/5/12 10:52 A

oh, ok, gotcha. Makes sense now. I just go by my little cloth tape measure to check my progress.BTW, do you know what Marilyns correct measurements were? IDK, just curious!

4/4/12 6:27 P


That's size 12 UK, which is equivalent to a U.S. or Canadian size 8. Their sizes are a bit different than ours, closer to what the sizes used to be before they started lowering the numbers. So a Marilyn Monroe size 14 was actually about an 8 or 10 in today's numbers.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
4/4/12 2:59 P

thanks for the tips Trinity. I like the "poof my hair comment". LOL!!

Hey, just looked at the pics. Doesn't that say that most men prefer a size 12?

Edited by: TURTLESDOVE at: 4/4/2012 (15:00)
4/4/12 1:42 P


If you find that you look best at size 8, then that's probably the right proportion for your frame size and musculature. A lot depends on how you're built, and anything smaller than an 8 might just be too small for your body.

The size 0 thing is a bit strange. A lot of Hollywood people are petite AND half-starved. Camera angles, lighting and photo imaging can do a lot to hide the gaunt, too-thin look of a lot of celebrities. Real-life people who are that size who aren't professionally made-up and backlit can look frighteningly thin.

But again, it all depends on how you're built. I'm about 5'3" (if I pouf my hair), and wear a size 2 to 4 in most clothing lines, size 0 in the ones that do vanity sizing. But I'm not too thin for myself, I'm just little. At size 8 I look chunky. At size 10 I look downright huge. So, it all depends on how you're built.

Just out of interest, check out this link. Someone did a comparison of body sizes, and found that most men like a woman who is a US Size 8:

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DRWORM75 Posts: 219
3/28/12 11:09 A

This is one of the many reasons I don't go clothes shopping until my my garments are torn beyond good taste. And shopping for pants on the internet is almost impossible.

3/28/12 10:35 A

@Turtlesdove: ROFLMFAO!!!!!

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
3/28/12 9:33 A

Marilyn Monroe was a size 14, and she had one of the most flattering figures I've ever seen on a woman. Of all the pics I've seen of her, I believe in this day and age, she would probably wear an 8 or maybe even a 10. I know when I am at an 8 or 10, people say I look great, but any less than an 8, and all of a sudden it's, "oh my God Amy, you look anorexic" So I believe that there is no way in hell all of these celebrities are size 0 or 2. They must all have tiny petite frames maybe, I am a medium frame gal. But yes, when I am an 8, meaning that I am about 125pds on a 5'3" frame, I get hit on like crazy, and anything above a tight 12 and nobody hits on me. Sorry maybe I should have posted this in the "do guys like skinny women better post"LOL!!

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3/27/12 7:47 P

"Size irregularities have existed for many years. In Searsís 1937 catalog, a woman with a 32 inches (81 cm)-bust would have worn a size 14 dress. In 1967, the same woman would have worn an 8. In 2011, she would wear a zero."

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3/27/12 5:50 P

oh, come on! -_- American size 0 isn't that small.....

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
3/27/12 2:05 P

yeah, I've always wondered about that size 0 thing. Who the heck wears a size 0? If I was that skinny I would have to run around in the shower to get wet! LOL!!

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3/9/12 12:46 A

But since most guys do not wear their pants at their belly button then then size will still be the lower number for you (and the rest of

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3/7/12 12:47 P

lol, I know I would shoot I get to say I'm wearing a size 34, HEHE
Ok, so I found out yesterday my waist should be measured at the bellybutton that sucks cause I measure waist at 40in. and belly 49.. and were size 36, or 38's in pants depending on the brand name. But. I'm not complaining I'm still loosing weight and Tickled to death.

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ROCK_CLIMBER2 Posts: 328
3/3/12 12:14 P

I don't worry about the size, I always have to try on few pair to find the right ones anyway.

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2/23/12 3:11 P

When I shop for jeans it is usually in a store like Sears that also sells tape measures so I will just have to remember to grab one off the shell as I go through the tool department before I look at jeans. According to that article the sizing is suppose to get corrected but it will not be done until 2021! So I guess I might be able to get a 30W jeans as a gag and still have them

2/23/12 8:57 A

"Vanity Sizing" has long been an issue with women's clothes. I didn't realize it had spread to men's clothes too. I suppose the marketing types know what they need to do to increase sales.

It might be worth just thinking of the label size as an arbitrary number rather than as a reflection of your size. The same way that women`s clothes are labelled 0, 2, 4, 6 etc. that have no relevance to measurements, perhaps a 34, 36, 38 could be the men`s equivalent.

At any rate, you can trust your tape measure way more than you can trust the label on the back of your jeans.

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2/22/12 11:29 P

That's exactly it, GETNFITGUY. Women's clothes do the same thing, they're basically marketing good feelings.

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2/21/12 2:33 P

I had to get some new clothes for work, so at one store in the mall I found a pair of pants that fit perfectly; I bought about 4 or 5 pairs of the same size at that store, and no two of them fit the same. One pair is way too loose to wear, and another is so tight I can't even button the waist. Crazy.

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2/21/12 9:49 A

I wouldn't be surprised if it all has to deal with sales and how a person perceives things.
Lets say a person real waist measures 38". This person is looking for jeans and finds that in Wrangler he is a 36" and in Levi's he is a 34". I would almost bet you that the person would almost always purchase the Levi's, even if they cost a little more because it "tells them" that they are still a 34". Thoughts on that?

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2/19/12 9:55 P

There was actually an article about this I read a while ago:

Which made sense because I got professionally sized for a tuxedo recently and was wondering how on earth they were measuring my waist because it was so much bigger than I thought it was. Turns out sizing is pretty arbitrary.

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2/19/12 9:35 P

You are probably right. Used to be if you knew your size you could buy something without trying on,now it seems pretty random.Shirts now I have xl and 2xl that are exactly the same size.
In the early 80s at my thinnest around 160 I wore 28.
Not sure what size Id be now,still wearing the size 44 from my biggest at 318,they are pretty roomy though!

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2/19/12 4:52 P

I will admit that I let myself go, I started wearing elastic waistband shorts and pants so I did not notice myself gaining the weight. I use to wear a size 34 in jeans, but a couple years ago when I went to get a new pair of shorts that were not elastic I found out I had grown to be a size 40! I stuffed my old jeans away until I could lose the weight. I have got back down but I notice there is a difference in sizing now. I bought a new pair of Levis with a 34 waist as I can wear them now, but I noticed that the new ones and my old ones did not even fit close to the same. I remember Levis were Shrink to Fit but when I got out the measuring tape my old Levis shrunk to a 33" waist, but the new "34" waist jeans are actually a 38" waist! Men's sizing use to be so simple, now they seem like they are just making it a random number like women's I just thought I would rant a little about this as it is annoying. Clothing manufactures do not need to make actual sizes bigger to make us think we are still a smaller size...

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