One of my long time pet peeves… No wait, this is more than a peeve; it borders on outrage. This really pisses me off, folks. What I’m sputtering about is the lack of different inseam lengths in women’s pants. Men get a choice. At Atwoods, one of the better stores for jeans selection, I personally have seen men’s jeans with inseam lengths from 26 to 38 inches in waist sizes from 28 inches all the way up to “OMG! I didn’t know elephants wear pants!” Some of those sizes might not be common but the point is, if you guys need pants with a 50 inch waist and a 30 inch inseam or with a 30 inch waist and a 38 inch inseam, they do exist.
Women’s pants on the other hand… First of all the sizing system consists of arbitrary numbers that have no relation to any actual measurements and they’re not even consistent from one manufacturer to another. The more expensive the clothes the smaller the size number. If you wear a size 14 in Wal-mart clothes, somewhere out there there’s a pair of size 8 jeans costing well over $100 that will fit you perfectly. I think the sizes should be consistent no matter what the price but, aside from vanity sizing, I don’t really have a problem with the system. What woman wants to admit that she has a 30 inch waist? I’m not saying that’s my waist size so shut up. It’s just an example.
Inseams, however, are a problem. Women’s pants come in, at most, three inseam lengths: a bit too short, way too short, and too long. That’s just me of course. I’m sure there are women who are just the right size for the three choices of inseam length but my point is, women’s legs come in more than just three lengths and we should all stand up and demand pants that fit right! How has the women’s movement missed this? Forget Wall Street; we should Occupy the garment district!
The rest of you gals get on that, okay? I’ll be at my sewing machine making myself some pants that fit.