Many companies vanity sizing pants to customers

September 9, 2010 5:28:14 AM PDT
Are your trousers lying to you? An investigation by Esquire Magazine finds an overabundance of vanity sizing -- pants that may say they are a 36 inch waist but aren't.

The magazine found that Haggar and Gap are both selling 39 inch pants as 36 inches. A pair of 36 inch Dockers clocks in at 39-and-a-half.

Old Navy is the worst offender: a 36 inch waist is really 41 inches wide.

If you've been congratulating yourself that you still wear the same pants size as those you wore in high school, well think again.