These Julian David chinos are exactly like the pants your grandpa would buy based on an ad in the back of Parade. Elasticated waist? YOU KNOW GRANDPA IS ALWAYS DOWN FOR A STRETCHY WAIST. Even though the fit's tapered, throw an elastic waist on anything and your grandpa will probably give it a try. AND SO SHOULD YOU. Personally, I like the pleating detail on the pockets. That makes these different than other pants you own, right? I routinely do this empty justification ritual in my head prior to purchasing something I don't really need, but want. If there is a detail or construction or fit or anything that makes it different from what I own, I can buy it. Somehow that procedure has led to the purchase of clothing exclusively in olive drab, navy and gray. Yeah, I don't know how science works either.