Originally Posted by mrchapel
This begs an interesting question; why do companies insist on only making even lengths? Although some do offer the casual odd number, it seems to be a rarity. Surely not everyone is either a 30 or a 32, etc. In that case, there's a 2 inch gap in that sizing. Is this perpetuating the problem of mass produced RTW clothes that simply do not fit?
Both the manufacturers and the retailers have pushed for this over the years to reduce inventory required. Although the gap between sizes is 2" that means that the greatest disparity that will exist is 1" (ie: a 33" choosing between a 32 or 34"). One inch is barely enough for most shoppers to concern themselves with, or at least it's a small enough concern to not outweigh the benefits of reduced inventory.
I prefer unfinished pants and buy them almost exclusively, but will otherwise buy about 2-4" too long and have them brought up to fit.