Right, bit of an update...finally managed to try on some New Standards in a 30 and 32 waist. Nearly had a hernia trying to get the 30s on and couldn't do up any of the buttons despite struggling with them for about 10 minutes
, also they were much (much) too tight around the thighs, for me anyway. As for the 32s, the sat perfectly on my hips without a belt, the waist was comfortable and when I pulled the denim at the waist there was about a 1cm of space; I also really liked the fit at the thigh and lower leg, unfortunately they didn't have a 31 just to make sure it was the perfect fit.
Do you guys think I should get the 32s? I didn't buy them on the spot, as I got a bit worried having read here that they'll stretch a lot at the waist that they'll end up falling off my ass
but if no tension is applied to denim at the waist (as the 32s fit perfect), surely it won't stretch?
As a side note, I tried on a pair of Rescues in size 30 and they were still massive (I reckon I could've fitted in 29s quite comfortably) despite me being a 32, so I'd really urge those considering buying a pair to size down three times, like LAGuy suggested.