Yeah, it sounds like the 28 wouldn't work for you. 29 should be perfect. As for the Petit New Standard, I wasn't able to fit into the PNS 28 because it tapered to much for me. In general, the whole "you need to size down" is generally overstated for raw denim. At this point, I'm more inclined to size down 1 rather than 2 for the slimmer/skinny fits. Some dude on this board sized down 4 awhile back, which is nuts.