So far, from my research, I've concluded that dry denim should be worn as much as possible with heavy wear (approx. 6 months) before given their first wash. I've also read that after washing, they should be hung to dry. Those are the only constants I've found in my research though.... Research tells me that I should expect more stretching than shrinking on my dry denim as I'd be wearing them more than ever washing them. Does that mean I should buy my denim a bit tighter than what I'd like the end result to be? Research also tells me that dry denim shrinks like crazy in the wash. Does that mean I should buy my denim bigger? I love a 32" inseam, so should I buy a 33"? (Obviously, I'm very very confused on sizing.) I've also read about "soaks", "initial soaks", "starch soaks". What are these soaks? Should I give my denim some sort of soak when I first purchase my pair? What should I do if I want my end product to be as dark as possible? (I love dark indigo jeans) My new jeans have always left a ring of indigo dye around the rim of my sneakers. Will dry denim leave even more? How about on my white sofa? White tees? In the rain? Thanks so much for your help on this topic and for sharing the knowledge.