Pictures of the tapered unbranded (221/201?) would be appreciated. When I compare the measurements of the skinny 33 to the tapered 32/31, I get confused. If I had looked at solely the "waist" measurements, then I should be able to size down to even a 31 (my "true" size). But I remember trying on the skinny jeans, and I could not even get the buttons closed until I tried on the 33. That seems to suggest I should go with a pair that has the same waist measurements as those. The tapered 31 is roomier than skinny 33 in every measurement except waist, which is one inch smaller, and Im worried that I will run into the same problem if I order the 31; namely, that I wont be able to button them or risk blowing out a button or stretch a hole. On the other hand, the tapered 32 are listed as having a waist one inch bigger than the skinny 33, so Im worried that I will end up with a waist too big. There are no stores around me that stock the tapered fit, so as a result I have to order online (probably from UO as they offer free shipping and returns) and play the numbers game.
My question is this: do you guys think I should just bite the bullet and buy a 31, or should I go with a 32?
Can anyone who owns/has tried both pairs comment on the difference in roominess/fit between the two?
I feel stuck now because the gap jeans now have a week's worth of wear and stretch in them, and I feel their measurements will not be of any use now.