I had always wondered why some of my pants "fit" and others did not... Where is con-gress or the Consumer Protection Board...? CARPE DIEM: Your Pants are Lying to You: "Vanity Waist Sizing" Your Pants are Lying to You: "Vanity Waist Sizing" According to Esquire Magazine, many retailers are lying to consumers about waist sizes in order to make them feel thinner and more likely to buy their clothes. The worst offenders? A pair of Old Navy pants labeled as size 36 were in fact 41 inches, a pair of size 36 Dockers were actually 39.5 inches, and Haggar and Gap were both selling 39 inch pants as size 36. CBS Sunday Morning featured a story today about the trend towards "vanity waist sizing."