You guys all must be skinny as hell, because I tried on Weird Guys in 32 today, my true waist size, and while they were really tight. I could button them up "” the waist fit tight but nothing that stretching wouldn't fix "” but the thighs and ass where painted on, that's how tight they were.
WG's in 32 should have a 34 waist. Just throwing out some possibilities, but either your true waist is 2" larger than you think, the model of WG's you were trying on had atypical measurements, or you weren't trying on WG's.
Then again, you may just have huge thighs. Measure your thighs and get a better understanding of what your TRUE waist is where you wear your jeans, not just 1" under the bellybutton. Given todays slim cuts, there are plenty of guys out there who size by their thigh, not by their waist, as waists can be stretched or belted.