I have searched and read tons of posts/threads about A.P.C. sizing and I am thoroughly confused. I am 5'8, 165 lb, and I have a 33" true waist. Where I actually wear most of jeans measures 35" and at the widest part of my hips is 39". I went to Nordstrom and bought two pairs of 31 sized New Standards. The first fits ridiculously snug and while I can button all 4 buttons, it looks like Betty Crocker turned me into a human sized muffin. Even with only two buttons done up the fit was so tight in the hips that it irritated my right IT band. Felt like I ran a marathon after taking them off. The second pair of 31 NS's fits almost perfect. I can get them on no problem, all 4 buttons done right up, although there is a lot of discomfort when sitting. Only thing that I can figure separating the two is that this second pair was a return. They are obviously stretched in the hips and the price tag isn't an APC tag, just a plain Nordstrom one.
What do all of you APC owners think? Size up to a 32 NS which makes it a reduction of 2" (35" where worn, 32 size plus 1" increase due to vanity sizing), stick with the pre-stretched returned pair of 31s, or the 31s that feel like an iron maiden? I guess it is worth noting that I am a huge fan of Lucky Legend 121 heritage jeans and was looking for a similar fit. Maybe with just a bit more room.