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Old 01-25-13, 07:17 AM
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The Jeans Discussion

This topic comes up from time to time (including the recent thread on a first time racer) so I thought I would make a whole thread about it.

A couple of weeks ago, my wife decided that my jeans no longer fit me right. I have been working on losing some of my upper body mass (and flab), and now I kind of have to cinch my jeans with a belt to keep them on. Most of them I can take off without unbuttoning. Still, this news was a bit of a bummer as two years ago we found a pair of Lucky jeans at Costco for $35 that fit great, and I proceeded to buy three pairs, one of which still had the tags on it. So given that it was before Christmas and everything was on sale, I reluctantly agreed to go jean shopping with her.

It was a nightmare.

I tried on no less than 20 pairs of jeans. I became quite angry through the process - the mall had the heat cranked way up and one dressing room had a light bulb sticking out of the wall right at head level, making it even hotter in there. The skinny jean movement is killing me. What man really wants to wear skinny jeans? Half the jeans I tried on wouldn't even make it half way up my thighs. Another quarter couldn't be buttoned. And forget about sizing consistency - just because it says 30 doesn't mean it really is. I've come to learn that I am somewhere between a 29 and 32 waist. As for length, I'm either a 32 or 34 - I have found that a 30-32 will be shorter than a 32-32, which makes no sense.

In the end, we found two pairs of jeans that seem to work: Lucky Vintage Straight and J. Crew Slim Straight.

And just stay away from Levi's. All of them. Not a single pair in any cut or size fit.
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Old 01-25-13, 07:50 AM
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I have had pretty good fits with GAP 1969 Standard Cut - though if you have enormous thighs, forget it, mine fit comfortably, but any bigger and I'd have problems. I also recently dropped some waiteline, and I'm still filling up my new wardrobe, so I'll check those out too.
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Old 01-25-13, 08:14 AM
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Buying anything outside of casual clothes is a pain. Jeans either fit fine at the waist/hips but cling to my legs, or they fit my legs fine but have about 6" of room in the waist.

Every day dress pants for work are usually no problem but dress shirts are another pain. A 16/34-35 fits my arms fine but looks like a parachute everywhere else. If I try a 'slim fit' shirt in the same size, the sleeves are 1/2 way up my forearms and it barely fits over my bony shoulders. Thank god the dress code in my office is pretty forgiving... basically if I don't have any meetings or presentations most days it's khakis and a polo.

Suits I don't even bother having altered at the store, I buy them as-is and take them to the local Korean tailor lady who does her magic. Found a Tommy H suit that fit good out off the shelf recently- a 41 tall and the only thing it really needed was to have the sides of the jacket taken in a little.
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Old 01-25-13, 08:19 AM
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Old style 501s fit me pretty well. But I'm thin.
The biggest problem is finding my size. Thin and tall is not often carried in stores.
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Old 01-25-13, 08:25 AM
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if you happen to live near one.. uniqlo has some really nice jeans/pants. they offer free onsite tailoring which usually takes around 2 hrs or so
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Old 01-25-13, 08:28 AM
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Given that almost all clothing is mass produced, you will be hard pressed to find any sizing consistency with clothing. I have the same issue when shopping.

She how much trouble it may be to alter your old jeans.
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Old 01-25-13, 08:30 AM
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I'm no where near racing shape, but I have large thighs and not much of a butt. I've gone down from a 42 to a 36 over the past few years, and I've recently had luck with GAP 1969 Standard and Boot Cut jeans.
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Old 01-25-13, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
Thin and tall
You need to go to Holland or Sweden for clothing. Wrong end of the bell curve here in the US.

Apparently if you're a somewhat overweight crit racer then Levi jeans fit okay. I get the fit that is for heavy folks, I forget what it's called. Okay I looked at the site, it's "Relaxed". It's a bit snug in the thighs, I definitely need a belt, but it doesn't look ridiculous. The skinnier jeans make me look like that guy in yellow in Gangnam Style.

Jeepers. Almost 1.25 billion views on YouTube. And add one more as it plays in the background. Heh.
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Old 01-25-13, 08:54 AM
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My wife got me a Nordstrom gift card b/c my jeans were ridiculous. Back in the day, Gap had baggy fit jeans, and those were perfect, leaving me just enough room for my thighs while allowing me to get the fit I want in the waist. My recent pair of 1969 straights are ok in the leg, but I can pull them off w/out unbuttoning them, and they'll come down on their own w/out aggressive belting.

My solution was similar to topflightpro: Lucky Brand. I went online before shopping to a couple of body builder forums, and Lucky seemed to be the most universally recommended for big legs/skinny waist. They are just perfect. Maybe a touch tight in the thighs when I tried them on, but they broke in to be ideal. Plus, they had 33/36, which Gap doesn't stock. Anyway, the Luckys ride where I want them on my hips and don't threaten to fall down.

If you're heading out jean shopping, try on a pair of Lucky. Mine were $47 at Nordstrom Rack.

Originally Posted by saratoga View Post
Suits I don't even bother having altered at the store, I buy them as-is and take them to the local Korean tailor lady who does her magic. Found a Tommy H suit that fit good out off the shelf recently- a 41 tall and the only thing it really needed was to have the sides of the jacket taken in a little.
My best-fitting suit is Hilfiger too. (6'4" / 185 lbs).
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Old 01-25-13, 09:06 AM
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I wear these. They fit well on my mangina with a little extra support.

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Old 01-25-13, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
I wear these. They fit well on my mangina with a little extra support.

/ thread winnar
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Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
I wear these. They fit well on my fupa with a little extra support.

fixed.
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Old 01-25-13, 10:21 AM
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fixed.
I can't believe you watch Kathy, you are such a gurl
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who?
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who?
Kathy Griffin... She uses fupa all the time.
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Old 01-25-13, 10:25 AM
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oh. dont watch her. shes really annoying.
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OMFG my picture pulled in a pop up for Miss Me Denim Jeans, now tha's a great rump...
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Guess Jeans "Cliff" work really well for me. They have waists as small as 28" and the thighs are pretty roomy without looking baggy.
Usually cost $40-50
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But do you wash them?
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Originally Posted by notwist View Post
if you happen to live near one.. uniqlo has some really nice jeans/pants. they offer free onsite tailoring which usually takes around 2 hrs or so
This.

Plus a pair of selvedge jeans is $50 tops. If you want really fancy, they have made-in-japan selvedge.

Mine fits tight around my calves when i'm not watching my diet, but is otherwise fine when i'm below 70kg at 174cm
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I have the same issues and have settled on a few pair. If i am mall shopping with the family, first thing I do is ask whoever is working if they have a size 30x34 or 29x34 that is not freakin skinny fit.Most stores don't so is saves me the hassle of even trying anything on. Best fit thus far has been lucky jeans, whatever there loose, normal jean style is.
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Old 01-25-13, 12:17 PM
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I buy LLBean's jeans with the natural cut. the standard or slim cuts don't fit my thighs or rump. The natural cut has enough room without an excess of fabric. Pricing is pretty reasonable too. I gave up on Levi's - the 501s are too slim and the relaxed cut style is too sloppy for a 50-ish year old cyclist.
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Go to Wal Mart, buy something that fits your thighs and ass, then head to the hardware section and buy some rope for a belt.

Beverly Hillbilly chic.
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when did this subforum turn into cocktail of the 199 & the 41?
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