- The size 36 cargo shorts I got from Target actually do measure 36".
- The size 36 cargo pants I got from GAP measure 38" around the waist. Still wearable and quite roomy...
- The size 36 cargo shorts I got from Banana Republic measure more than 39" around the waist. I can only wear them with a tight belt, and unless I have my shirt on top of that belt I look like a joke.
Call me old fashioned, but I thought that clothes sizes are supposed to tell us something about the article of clothing rather than convey a message from the marketing department.