Against my better judgment, or maybe because of my better judgment, I recently bought a pair of khakis that were made from a space-age fabric called “Smart360Flex,” which gives you four-way stretchability. Just in time for the holidays.
This means that when I pull on my pants leg, it stretches so much that it snaps back when I let go, sort of like a slingshot. They aren’t made of rubber — at least I don’t think they are — but some synthetic material with the same molecular composition as Gumby, which means to say they stretch where and when you needed stretching. If I bend over to tie my shoes, my pants expand and, equally important, they expand around my stomach after I eat too much or drink too much.