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    Pants for IWB?

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    Ok lost about 65lbs over last 6 months or so and have gone down at least 10 pants sizes back to my size im my 20's. So need new jeans im a levis and wrangler kind of guy, was wanting to carry 1911 IWB so for those of you who do , do you recommend staying one pants size larger or relaxed fit? dont want to be uncomfortable. Thanks!
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    I was told by 2 manufacturers to add 1" waist size to whatever you wear.

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    Congrats on the weight loss. I carry IWB probably 90% of the time. I use my regular size waist, and I'm all jeans. I just have to let my belt out a notch or two to accommodate the holster. Maybe a size larger wouldn't hurt...so long as the waistline won't bunch up anywhere. That would be uncomfortable for sure. Rustler, Wrangler, Levis....I haven't sprung a button yet.

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    I carry IWB 99% of the time. I also wear Wrangler jeans most of the time. A 34 waist fits perfectly if I am not carrying, however when carrying I need a 36 waist. Personally I prefer relax fit, since my seat has spread with the years! I do have a few pair of boot cut that as long as the waist fits I have no problem carrying IWB.
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    I'm IWB 99% of the time. For me it is usually just one notch on the belt, looser for the holster and one tighter for no holster. Wranglers or Levi's either way is fine, its the dress pants that are a problem for me. Jeans are visually forgiving more so than pleated pants.
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    Thanks Guys - maybe i'll just carry into dressing room and try different pairs . I think I will go with relaxed fit seems more breathing room to squat and such. Thanks all . Had good motivation to lose weight my 40 somthing physical was a eye opener but all better now . feel better now than I have in years.
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    With jeans I go up two inches for my IWB. I like relaxed fit jeans anyway so that's what I get. Now, I wear Dockers a lot and I've found that Docker's Comfort Waist pants are PERFECT with or without my holster on. They have that waistband that will stretch up to 2 inches so they are great. Just my experience anyway.
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    I carry 95% of the time. Wrangler jeans my normal size. I carry a Kahr PM9 (small and slim, unlike me) in a leather Bianchi IWB. If carrying at at 2 or 4 position normal belt notch, if at 3 o'clock I give it another notch on the belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concealed View Post
    I was told by 2 manufacturers to add 1" waist size to whatever you wear.
    That works for me too. 34" for OWB, 35" for IWB.

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    The heck with how ya carry.....HOW DID YA LOSE THE WEIGHT???????
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    65lbs in 6 mos is pretty dang good man. Congrats on the new problem! I usually try my pants on in the store IWB. Then when I'm using some other method than IWB I just ratchet up the belt a notch or two. If you are going to get fitted like for a suit or something those guys generally don't get freaked out by a gun I've found (at least at Men's stores).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zsnake View Post
    The heck with how ya carry.....HOW DID YA LOSE THE WEIGHT???????
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    Blood pressure Cholesterol and all was so out of wack do to my weight was 225lbs and Doc said I could lose it or be on pills and insulin for rest of my life , so Paratrooper in me came back out and started exercising riding bike no more sweets , fast foods no more sugar salt or chocolate , just eating healthy and exercise every chance I get never thought Id be slim again but down to 159 and still losing and feel great all my blood pressure and such good again.But none of my clothes fit anymore.. was a 40'' waist now if i had to guess about 29'' will let you know when I get Pants.
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    Ahhh, the lost art of dieting with discipline!!!
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    First of all CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Secondly with Wrangler jeans buy what feels comfortable and DO NOT buy a size larger unless you have a very THICK holster and a thicker double stack type gun. for a thinner holster with a 1911 get the regular size you wear. If you wear your jeans tight then go up an inch on the waist.

    dress pants are another matter all together. typically you have to add an inch then.

    Again, good job on the weight loss. I'll be hoping you figure out how to live the new lifestyle....

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    Thanks Guys - maybe i'll just carry into dressing room and try different pairs
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    This is a great idea and what I have opted to do for the last few years. First, jeans are not all cut the same way and, therefore, don't fit the same way. Second, sizes are not the same from brand to brand nor from kind (relaxed fit) to kind classic fit. I lost 100 pounds and selecting the right size jeans became a real hit and miss kind of thing. So, I just took my IWB concealed carry rig into the dressing room with me and tested every pair of jeans in which I had an interest.

    Worked well for me and I recommend the process. Don't forget to thread your good gun belt too as it can make a fit difference.
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