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Column: We all deserve pants that fit, no matter our size
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Shannon Casas

Today, we’re going to talk about pants.

Because pant sizing makes zero sense for women. Men, you can stop reading if you want, but first — take a moment to thank the fashion gods that you get to buy pants by the size of your waist and length of your legs. 

Women on the other hand, get one number. We need to fit waist, length and hips, but we get just one number. 

A size 4 might fit in the waist but is too tight on the hips and too short on the legs. Another size 4 fits just right in the legs but is too tight in the hips and the waist. A size 6 may fit in the hips but is too big for the waist and may be too long for the legs. A size 6 in the curvy fit may work on the hips. Or it may not. And then the pants may fit at first, then you wash them a couple of times and — dang it, were they tight before? 

Then of course there are those of you glaring at your newspaper wishing you could fit any part of you in a size 4 or 6. We all deserve pants that fit, no matter our size.

Meanwhile there’s one popular retailer now selling sizes like 2-6. One pair of pants. Size 2-6. I think that’s code for, “I used to be a size 2 and now I’m a size 6 but I haven’t admitted it to myself yet.” 

I hate pants shopping. And I don’t think I’m alone. The mom trends these days seem to be leggings and a cute sweat shirt. I can’t wear that to work, though.

Meanwhile, there’s a whole host of other trends going on in the pants world these days.

Yes, the flared jean is back. And the straight leg. And the wide leg. And the ripped up legs. And the acid wash jeans. And the high-waisted jeans. And the stores are still selling the skinny jeans. 

The fashion gods appear to be at war. I have no idea who will win this battle, but I’m rooting for the skinny jeans. 

Or perhaps we’re all having an identity crisis. The millennials still want the skinny jeans. The Gen Zers want the wide legs. Some millennials are thrilled to see the flared jeans of our youth return. 

The millennials are just beginning to cope with not being the “it” generation anymore, too, as the Gen Zers start defining the trends.

One of those trends is the cargo pocket. I recently took a teen girl shopping for pants. She was looking for a wide leg pant with cargo pockets on the side. She seemed to think she needed to explain to me what a cargo pocket was. Meanwhile, my husband still has several pairs of cargo shorts that I asked him to stop wearing a few years back.

Most of the shops weren’t on top of the wide leg cargo pocket pant trend. But there were a couple. And she has a couple of pairs now.

She also bought several pairs of leggings. Everyone likes leggings.


Shannon Casas is director of audience for Metro Market Media, parent company of The Times. She is a North Hall resident.