I decided to measure my Raleighs today, they are entering their sixth month and I figure they are (FINALLY!) done stretching.
They are a size 31 (keep in mind they are not vanity sized) and laid flat, the waste measures just a hair over 17 inches. For those of you that dropped out of first grade, that's 3 inches of stretch.
Don't be afraid to size down more than may seem logical/comfortable at the time of purchase...
Wow that's a lot. Have you gained any weight since you started wearing them?
But fyi, a size 31 means they probably measured 15.5 or even 16 across the top