Originally Posted by eli88
I'm about to pull the trigger on some xx-003's, but I can't decide between raw and OW.
I have big thighs/butt-- I just grew out of my NS Weird Guys (36), so I'm looking for something a little more relaxed in the thigh area.
Any suggestions on whether I should get the raw 36 (38.5w, 14 thigh), or the OW 40 (39 w, 14.25 thigh)?
The xx003s are AMAZING denim. You won't be disappointed quality wise. But you're right that fit can make or break a jean.
The one wash jeans won't shrink any further down from the listed measurement. That's baseline. You can control how much a given raw shrinks down by how you wash/soak it, but even that can shrink down further if you make an error, or whatever (I have sad experience of thighs getting too small on a 007 that I had to pass on).
What do you measure? Knowing this would make it easier to call on whether you have room for the inevitable shrinkage, or if the O/W is your sure bet.