And Here We Thought Women’s Sizing Was Messed Up

Clothing sizing drives me insane because it gives designers a God-like upper hand in defining you. Helmut Lang likes to compliment me by allowing me to squeeze into a 2 from time to time, but Alexander Wang basically thinks I’m obese. Turns out designers are no kinder to men, and there’s all sorts of lying going on in the menswear sizing department. Apparently, there’s a huge discrepancy in the sizing of men’s pants, which often display a far smaller waist measurement than their actual measurement. An Esquire blogger made this handy chart to spell out just how honest and dishonest retailers are. The biggest liar: Old Navy, whose jeans (advertised for a 36-inch waist) physically measure five inches larger at 41 inches. We feel for you, dudes. [Esquire via Gawker]

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