What, exactly, is up with pants, anyway?
Specifically, it is the makers of pants I am currently miffed at. I bought two pair of pants over the weekend, a pair of jeans, and a nice pair of cargo-style pants that are nice and light and will do well in the hot weather we’ve been having. Both are the same size – 34 waist (because I have been growing the last few years), and 30 inseam (because unfortunately the growth has not been of the vertical sort.) The cargo pants fit well: Comfortably snug around the waist, though perhaps a tad longer in leg than I’d prefer. The jeans, though? There’s about an inch clearance around the waist, and two extra inches on the legs. And these were Levis.
The hell? Are these companies interpreting the readings of their tape measures differently? Is Levi Strauss & Co. assuming people want pants with “room to grow?” Is that European inches versus US inches or something? Is there a Secret Code of Pants where every manufacturer agrees to disagree on the exact measurements of each other’s garments? Or are the manufacturer’s of the tape measures to blame? Perhaps they’re colluding with the pantmakers for mutual fun and profit, one paying the manufacurer of said measuring tapes to supply the other with tapes of differing measurements.
I mean I’ve experienced the slight differences in pants from one manufacrurer to the next before, but it’s never been quite this egregious before. Thus, I must declare these otherwise perfectly good trousers (the garments) to be pants (the UK derogatory idiom).