I went clothes shopping last night. Work has relaxed on my dress code, so I found myself in need of more jeans. Also, the 52 waist I’m wearing now had only a casual relationship with the concept of “fitting” (I need to cinch my belt a little, and the waist buckles and folds).
It turns out that I now take about a 49 inch waist – 50s are just a little loose, and I can button and zip 48s but they aren’t quite comfortable. Except for the 48 jeans I bought at Casual Male XL, and those have a waist that is designed to “give” a little. But still, I could zip up a pair of 48 inch waist pants!