"Do These Pants Make Me Look Fat?" An Elegant Solution to a Complex Problem

When I was in the US, I heard horror stories about a scenario that posed a problem so complex that it was considered unsolvable. Every possible solution was considered to yield an undesirable outcome. This scenario was the one where a very overweight woman asks her man, "Do these pants make me look fat?"

Today I revisited this problem and I believe I have finally come up with an elegant solution. I'll share it after going through my previous iterations at a solution. It took so many years of thought to arrive at it.

Blunt Honesty

When I first heard about this problem as a teenager, the best answer I could come up with was this:


This was at least an honest answer in my mind (I don't place value in white lies). Unfortunately, using this solution would likely upset the girl, but at least we did not use deception.

A Heroic Solution

I thought about this problem more for some following years and arrived at a few iterations of minor improvements. After some trial and error, I arrived at what I thought was the best solution possible because I ceased to find improvements upon it for many years after. The solution was this:

I believe the pants to be innocent.

This solution is not only honest but it helps prevent the pants from being wrongly accused of crimes it did not commit, only to end up in the rubbish bin for something it did not do.

Unfortunately, I think there was still a good probability of upsetting the girl, but at least we could protect the innocent pants in this scenario. This is a very heroic and just solution that helps to save pants across the world. Nevertheless, I finally found something even better.

The Ultimate Solution

Just today, I revisited this problem after so many years of thinking the above solution was as good as it gets. I believe using this site with its endless barrage of extremely complex and thought-provoking questions improved my analytical skills tremendously because today I had a "eureka" moment; I saw this problem with the crystal clarity of a kind I never saw before.

I believe my answer is revolutionary and it's so simple and so elegant. Here is the ultimate solution to this complex problem, formerly considered unsolvable by so many:


White Lies?

Now people might ask, "Wait a minute? Isn't that just a white lie?" It's not! That's the brilliance of this solution. The girl did not ask, "Do I look fat in these pants?" Instead, she asked, "Do these pants make me look fat?"

No [the pants don't make you look fat, you look fat in everything. Don't say this part in the brackets]

We're being perfectly honest here! There are no white lies involved! It's basically just an extension of the "I believe the pants to be innocent" solution, only this solution not only defends the innocence of the pants but I believe it has a very low probability of actually upsetting the girl.

It's so obvious and simple but it eluded me for all these years as it seems to have eluded all the others who thought this question was a trap. It's not a trap. Just use the answer above and you should be fine (remember not to say the part in the brackets).

Discoveries Need to Be Shared

Anyway, I'm so excited about this discovery and I wanted to share it with you guys as soon as possible!

"Do These Pants Make Me Look Fat?" An Elegant Solution to a Complex Problem
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Most Helpful Guy

  • buttcrackjoe

    If it makes her look fat say so. Some insecurity is healthy in a relationship especially if its an honest opinion. She will respect you for being up front and she will try on a pair of pants that actually fit. Especially if she is obviously overweight and you'd have to be blind not to see it. She will see that you are kissing her ass if you say she looks thin in them resulting in her feeling like you're lying to sleep with her. Honesty works. It might make her cry but at least it's the truth.

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  • AuroraRoseat

    You don't consider omission lying? I do... lol. It's like how some men want to be told that they're the best a woman's ever had or if she's the biggest he's been with. She could say "Yeah [in my thirties. Now back in my twenties...]"

    Regardless, I like this Take. :)

    • SuperTroll

      I do think it's some of a form of deception on its own, but at least our words aren't betraying us as I see it. One of the reasons I don't like outright white lies in favor of tact is that you have to kind of navigate a world that doesn't align with the history of the sounds coming out of our mouths. I think that can have a negative kind of psychological effect even on the person uttering those words.

      The take was intended to be a bit silly, but I often come across sentiments on GaG where it seems like people see a dichotomy between the harshest and most insensitive truths and white lies, as though there is no middle ground between these two. And I think there is a middle in the form of tact -- it might work itself towards deceptions in the form of omissions, but that's a compromise as I see it between sensitivity and harsh truth.

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What Girls & Guys Said

  • Goodwifie

    I have never asked anyone let alone my husband this very question.

  • StingRayxoxo

    I think it's time women evolved as a species and learned to not ask this question.

  • Fitness-Fanatic

    πŸ˜‚ this is igeneuis. Now I need never feel guilty for saying "NO" to this age-old question . Great take!! πŸ‘

  • BasicGirl

    Just say that she looks pretty in everything, it’s not a lie, since obviously you married her and love her and find her attractive

  • NineBreaker

    Never ask a question if you know you can't handle the potential answer.

  • Evil_Chuck

    I think a woman who would seriously ask a man this question in the 21st century deserves whatever answer she gets.

  • Ordinarygurl_

    Lmao πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • JimRSmith

    The dreaded question, lmao!

  • humanearth

    Yes they do

  • Secretgardenblood

    Good take

  • Guardian45

    Hilarious! Thanks.πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜†