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I know pants aren't paleo, but throw a dog a bone!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

First, I realize this question may get closed as off topic, and I won't put up a fight if that happens. However, it is paleo that got me into this mess, so show some compassion, please.

It seems the jeans manufactures have realized that most of the world is either fat or skinny fat. The paleo diet has unfortunately left me with a fairly narrow waist along with some musculature in my quads. This makes it increasingly difficult to find jeans (especially fashionable jeans) that fit around my thighs and don't have to be scrunched up with a belt at my waist.

I am 5'9", 153 lbs, 28" waist, 32" inseam and 14.4% body fat, so it's not as if I am some sort of competitive power lifter or physique model. I think I'm pretty close to what I'd expect from the average healthy person.

I'm guessing others here have run into similar problems? Any recommendations on brands? I was thinking of getting 30" jeans and having the waist taken in. That's what I had to do last time I bought a suit. Would that work on jeans? Has anyone done that?

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:04 AM

Mike, you might look into something called "raw" denim. We're getting into designer jeans territory here, upwards of $100. There are a lot of Canadian, French, American and Japanese companies that make these. It's basically non-treated non-stretched denim, so you buy it a size or two lower and it stretches to fit you as you wear it. It's quite a commitment, but may be worth looking into if you have a small waist size and really want to look great in jeans.

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on January 21, 2013
at 08:29 PM

Ignorant: Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: "ignorant of astronomy". I understand the sentiment Roth but it is extremely funny when people are ignorant of the meaning of ignorant.

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Looks like a good brand but WOW is that expensive. $150-$200 is a little too rich for my blood. As jj's husband does I think I'd have to reserve a pair of jeans like that for city business and NOT for going outback.

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:53 PM

Thank you. I'll take a look.

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Thanks. +1 for honesty. :)

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:28 AM

My husband wears 7forallmankind for his "business" jeans (we live in LA and yes there's such a thing as wearing jeans to business meetings). If the slimmys are too tight through the thigh, try the standard. It's a nice clean looking straight leg, that I think does as low as a 28" waist.

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on January 21, 2013
at 01:01 AM

I'm in Southeast Michigan. There is the Buckle and Lucky Jeans here. I think that might be similar to what you're referring to. They definitely are helpful there, it's just that the relaxed fit sizes at both of them don't go below 30" waist.

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on January 21, 2013
at 12:15 AM

Alright stephen that shit was funny...lol

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:29 PM

Lol @Roth, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UniYXL1qBDI&feature=youtube_gdata_player .

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:16 PM

Noted. Thanks.

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:15 PM

Oh, just realized you're a guy. Not sure if they are as bootylicious for dudes.

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:12 PM

"No homo" is a slang term, Roth.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Thank you. I'll take a look.

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:52 PM

You couldn't be more ignorant if you tried, Stephen.

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:54 PM

And yes, you can get jeans tailored. If you have a mall near your house, go to J.Crew and ask them if they have a tailor or a tailor recommendation. They often have their own "in-house" tailor. I've used theirs multiple times with no problems.

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Hmm, I'm bad at shopping, but all the women's jeans look like the same shape, and none of them appear to have big thighs and rear to go along with the small waist. This is why they shouldn't use the same model for all of their women's jeans!

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:52 PM

(no homo) .

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:51 PM

+1 for 28" waist.

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:49 PM

I will check them out. Thank you.

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:40 PM

I miss jams.....

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:29 PM

I miss the days of men wearing the wide-leg Jnco and Kikwear pants!

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:20 PM

Also, it seems this should be an opportunity for some clever tags, but I'm coming up blank. Feel free to add some. Perhaps some sort of reference to skinny jeans on men...

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on January 20, 2013
at 08:44 PM

7forallmankind.com makes the best fitting jeans I have ever tried, and I think I've accumulated over around a dozen pairs over the last 4-5 years. Their sizes go down to 26" waist. I get the "slimmy" variety as I like the slimmer fitting but not skinny ones. The "slimmy" styles is made from 90% cotton-denim ad 10% lycra/spandex, which for mobility reasons is very practical. best jeans out there, IMHO.

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Looks like a good brand but WOW is that expensive. $150-$200 is a little too rich for my blood. As jj's husband does I think I'd have to reserve a pair of jeans like that for city business and NOT for going outback.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:54 PM

And yes, you can get jeans tailored. If you have a mall near your house, go to J.Crew and ask them if they have a tailor or a tailor recommendation. They often have their own "in-house" tailor. I've used theirs multiple times with no problems.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 20, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Hmm, I'm bad at shopping, but all the women's jeans look like the same shape, and none of them appear to have big thighs and rear to go along with the small waist. This is why they shouldn't use the same model for all of their women's jeans!

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on January 20, 2013
at 08:49 PM

I will check them out. Thank you.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:28 AM

My husband wears 7forallmankind for his "business" jeans (we live in LA and yes there's such a thing as wearing jeans to business meetings). If the slimmys are too tight through the thigh, try the standard. It's a nice clean looking straight leg, that I think does as low as a 28" waist.

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:08 PM

I am ashamed to say this, but after powerlifting for a year or so I had the same problem, and found that Costco has "stretchy" jeans that are not unflattering for men. Kirkland brand and they are something like $15.00 Canadian. It is pretty much all I wear now.

Don't Judge Me.

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Thanks. +1 for honesty. :)

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:50 PM

I am in a similar situation. I don't know my exact measurements, but I typically wear a 30w in jeans. My waist is probably 28-29". I am 5'7" ~150lbs and I have been doing StrongLifts 5x5 for a few months and my legs (quads specifically) have gotten a lot bigger. A lot of my pants that I had bought at size 29 or 30 no longer fit comfortably in the thigh.

A company I really like and whose pants fit the best of any I have tried is Bonobos (bonobos.com). I just recently bought a pair of their jeans after having about 5 pairs of their chinos and loving them. I decided to go with a 31w because of the thigh issue and because they were on available at a big discount. I took them to a tailor here in L.A. called Denim Revival to get them hemmed and the waist taken in and I'm waiting for them to come back. So yes the waist can be taken in, but it will be expensive. They have to take the waist in and re-do the seat area so it's not bunched up or baggy.

I highly recommend bonobos! (they are a bit expensive, but free shipping and no-questions returns). The customer service is impeccable, and if you sign up for their e-mails they almost always have sales and coupons. If you decide to purchase something, they have a great referral program. You can get $25 off your first purchase if you use this link: http://a.bono.bs/x/ZX5vF and when you refer friends you'll get store credit.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:53 PM

Thank you. I'll take a look.

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on January 21, 2013
at 12:53 AM

Where are you from? There are certain shops in different cities that you can just walk into and the people there will help you find the perfect pair of designer jeans. Denim Bar in DC is one that comes to mind, there are denim specialty shops in other major cities as well.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 21, 2013
at 01:01 AM

I'm in Southeast Michigan. There is the Buckle and Lucky Jeans here. I think that might be similar to what you're referring to. They definitely are helpful there, it's just that the relaxed fit sizes at both of them don't go below 30" waist.

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:04 AM

Mike, you might look into something called "raw" denim. We're getting into designer jeans territory here, upwards of $100. There are a lot of Canadian, French, American and Japanese companies that make these. It's basically non-treated non-stretched denim, so you buy it a size or two lower and it stretches to fit you as you wear it. It's quite a commitment, but may be worth looking into if you have a small waist size and really want to look great in jeans.

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on January 21, 2013
at 12:25 AM

I don't have good advice for men's jeans specifically, but I'm going to go ahead and give you the best I've learned for clothes in general: Find a good tailor and make friends. I think a lot of women especially feel your pain. (Women's sizes are notoriously inconsistent with sizing.) When I was in college I watched "What Not to Wear" regularly (yikes, I know), and the idea of getting my clothing tailored to fit me perfectly never occurred to me until then. It's so worth the cost, especially if you're willing to have a slightly smaller wardrobe of quality pieces.

*Like foreveryoung said, JCrew has in-house alterations. So does Nordstrom and Macy's. (Incidentally, Nordstrom also has a free personal shopping service and they are good at helping with fit as well.)

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on January 20, 2013
at 10:53 PM

My vote is for Citizens of Humanity. Like Sevens they are not cheap, but my god do they amazing things for the body.

http://www.citizensofhumanity.com

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:15 PM

Oh, just realized you're a guy. Not sure if they are as bootylicious for dudes.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Thank you. I'll take a look.

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 20, 2013
at 11:16 PM

Noted. Thanks.

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