My dumbass scrubbed a blood stain off of my greys yesterday and it left a faded patch. fml... i hate ruining expensive clothing ($120 is expensive to me) As for #2, it depends. I have a 32.5" waist but a 29 fits me best. It depends on the shape of your thighs, legs, etc.. My suggestion is to buy both sizes and return one. You will take a $7 loss but you will have the two pairs to compare.