Yea, it sounds like you're about a 32-33 waist then if the hipsters fit like that. Sizing down 1 usually means you can button them but they're snug, sizing down 2 is a struggle and sizing down 3 you might not be able to button the top button right away but it'll stretch to fit you fine eventually. So a 30 rescue would probably end up working, a 29 if you're feeling like a slimmer fit maybe, but it's hard to say if you never tried em on. Do they even make them lower than 30? For reference, i'm a 31-32 and i can button up right away apc new standards in size 29(about 3 sizes down). Good luck.