I decided to make the big test after another day of wearing saggy baggy work pants, and trekked to Old Navy to get some better-fitting ones. I found an acceptable pair of dark khakis in *gasp* size 32. Keep in mind, I have not worn size 32 pants since 1988.
I went fearfully to the fitting room and, tucking in my t-shirt, slid them on.
AND THEY FIT.
I tried on a couple other colors in two different styles, but sadly only that one pair of 32s fit, with just a small bit of snugness. No matter! I have at last entered the realm of 32s, and there’s no going back.
I celebrated by having tacos at Chipotle. LOL