Originally Posted by Brian SD
APC New Standards are not a tight jean unless you have bulky thighs and glutes. If you want a tight jean, get Nudie Thin Finns or something.
Sizing down 2 sizes is IMO, stupid, and sizing down 3 is ridiculous. If you're a masochist and you like your jeans to leave marks and blood blisters on your hips for the first three months go ahead.
LA Guy can back me up. You can size down one (slim), size normal (regular) or size up (baggy). Sizing down 2+ sizes is going to make your jeans like Geowu's old APCs, where they stretch so much that the buttons are visible because the fly is being pulled apart. You don't want your jeans to look like they're straining to fit on you. There are *PLENTY* of options for skinny jeans these days. You don't have to size down on APCs to achieve it.
I maintain that jeans are supposed to be comfortable when you first buy them. If they are not comfortable, you bought the wrong size. If you're afraid of stretching them and them becoming too baggy, get a different pair of jeans.
That said, Rescues are sized ridiculously. If you're getting Rescues, you need to size down 2 sizes to get a proper waist fit.
Brian and I wear our jeans a little differently. My jeans are usually pretty loose on my hips, so that even slim jeans have some room in the legs (which are reasonably muscular for my frame), and my true waist is just under 30", so I guess that it would be said that I usually size up 1 to begin with, or at very least, I round
up. The only jeans I own where the legs don't have at least an inch or 2 of slack at the thighs are my Kicking Mules. I wear size 29 New Standard, and I would say that they have stretched out about a size in the waist, but more in the legs, mainly because I use my APC New Standards as my bang around jeans, so they get banged around quite a bit. They fit just slightly looser than my other jeans in a size 30. I could go down to a 28 pretty easily, but a 27 would probably look a little strange for while.