Originally Posted by YoungPunch
Actually, those washed 1947s on the levis store webpage have gone down to like 76 dollars, BUT...I ordered the charlie washed 47's in a size 31, thinking the actual waist measured 31 inches. That was the size BEFORE they washed it and distressed it. They actually were like a fricken 29 or 28 waist!!! I mean, I am a size 30 on the tight side, 31 fits/is comfortable, and these jeans gave me a fucken headache from cutting off my circulation! So, they are sized real small, you should only buy them if you are a true size 29 or 28 waist.
yes. Welcome to the world of shrink to fit. A 501 is already a pretty tight fit at the waist (I wear 31 in 501 and 30 in other jeans/dress pants)
My 1947 waist was 79cm (31''), and it went down to 74cm after the first wash (roughly 2 inches drop), have I let it dry like that, I wouldn't have been able to fit in. While damp, I stretched it back to 31'' with a manly grunt and I used clippers to keep it strecthed while hang drying.
It's still 31'' now and the overall fit is closer to my body everywhere else.