I noticed this problem the last time I was back in the States and wanted to buy some jeans. I expect stuff not to fit here, where everyone has shorter limbs and longer torsos on average than your typical American mutt, but I thought that surely I’d be able to find jeans that fit in the US. Wrong.
I tried on at least 6 different pairs of jeans at 3 or 4 stores and couldn’t find anything that fit decently. I don’t like tight jeans, I like them a bit loose in the legs and hips, and I want the waist to fit. I’d measured myself, with an actual tape measure, before leaving Japan and found that I was back down to an 80 cm (31-32) inch waist due to losing some weight.
Except that 32s were so big that I could pull them off without undoing the waist. I actually tried on some 29s. Well, tried to try them on, since I couldn’t even get my damn leg in the leg holes. Waist, no problem, but legs were made for stick figures. In a baggy. WTF? Some of the shirts are too big in the torso yet too tight in the shoulders to fit properly. I guess they’re making clothes for fat people with no muscles.