Rightyow- I wonder how the hell you got into those E2 size 28's!!!!
Have they stretched at all? I'm 5'6 and probably 120 or less at the moment and I was able to button the very top with the pants pulled all the way up my ass and the hips were super tight. They pretty much felt like the jeans would've blown out at the hips if I did anything in them. I think I have fit pics on this site several pages back. The rest of the pants fit fine and felt great if I kept them unbuttoned. Too bad I had exchanged them for 30's..should've got 29's but oh well.
As for sizing down on WG's...if you're skinny like me you can go TTS on WG's for a slim fit. I got my true size not really knowing they were vanity sized and they fit pretty slim. I'd like them to be slimmer but I'm happy
I have a 28.5 inch waist so the problem for me isn't really there, it's usually at the seat. I have a er..muscular behind, my thighs however aren't huge so that much also doesn't discomfort me. Usually I have to wear my jeans for a few weeks before they fit the way I like them, also I like my jeans on the fitted side. (My weight may be less or more now then what I originally posted I didn't really check, that was just a rough estimate since I have been fluctuating lately. Also I am short
like sadly short for my age and gender 5.3 maybe 5.4 on a good day.)
The Elephant 2s took me awhile to get used to. Just buttoning the dam things left my thumbs sore, but I cut a little bit on the button holes and just worked that piece of denim till it softened enough to where I could slip them on no problem.
Honestly, I find these E2 a lot more comfortable than my JH and I kinda dig the dark indigo + heavy fabric at the moment.