Originally Posted by whodini
I've never objectively measured before/after, but I've probably had around 5-10 pairs that at the start were snug in the waist and thighs or just thighs. In neither scenario did I ever get to a point where I felt they had stretched out as comfortably as I would have wanted even after repeated wears/stretching.
We're talking different brands, cuts, denim, etc., too. For example, I've repeatedly washed and worn a pair of RRL slim fits that I know regardless of their condition they will still continue to be loose in the waist and slimmer in the thighs. Same goes for some Low Straights that I've worn for over six months. There just isn't the same strain that you have in the waist where you see the most dramatic difference.
Of course, you'll find people that based on their comfort levels don't need the same amount of room or overall prefer slimmer fits, but I've never seen or heard of anyone talking about how to shrink down just the thighs because they just stretched out so much.
That's why the waist should be the last place on the list people should worry about fit and why going conservative on the end fit saves so much headache.
I'll actually beg to differ here, though my case is a little different. My Balenciaga jeans fit perfectly at first, but after a month or so of wear they stretched out not only in the waist, as I expected, but also stretched enough in the thigh and calf so that I'm considering getting them tailored. They're made of a corduroy fabric, so while cotton it isn't denim, but I still thought I'd mention it. Rather annoying as the super slim fit was beyond perfect when I first got them, and now they're kinda baggy everywhere.
On a side note, I'd probably leave the legs alone but how much would it cost to have a tailor slim up the top block the equivalent of a size or so?