Thanks for that. I guess I could go that route, though paying $300 instead of $240 (assuming no sale) apparently for the buckle-back, only to then pay more to have it removed by somebody who knows what they are doing, kind of just makes me want to find another option. Plus I am not quite sure that those buckle-backs are the very same fit -- I think they may be slightly more relaxed and/or have a slightly higher rise. But maybe not. Anyway, appreciate it.
Usually, in my experience any trousers with buckles from RL are around an inch wider in the waist.