Frankly, I've found about 2" to be about the max. More than that and they start looking weird even if not quite to the mono-pocket stage.You can take in up to four inches in the waist. Beyond that the back pockets are too close together.
On the smaller waist sizes I concur that 2 to maybe 3 inches is absolute max. However on waist sizes over 38" and especially over 40" you can squeeze closer to that 4-5" range IMHO without requiring a full recut and not have any other issues. I have had my tailor help me with this on several occasions because of my excessive drop.Frankly, I've found about 2" to be about the max. More than that and they start looking weird even if not quite to the mono-pocket stage.
Have you ever had an article of clothing altered by a tailor or seamstress?My pant size is 31 but the dress pants I find are either size 30 or 32. Size 30 is wearable but tight on my belly and groin and size 32 is loose around my waist. I don't know what to do.
⇧ LOL. Or get the 32s, keep eating the same amount of dessert and let a few years go by so that your slowing metabolism adds on the "necessary" inch.Get the 32 and have dessert more often.