Greetings. 24 year old black guy here. I'm 5'9" 185 pounds, in good shape (I lift weights). I'm new to designer jeans. Up until now I've been wearing Marshalls/Ross jeans. Express, Claiborne discounted factory defect stuff. And also I've worn Old Navy. I've not paid much attention to fit up until now, I do know that at some point 2 years ago i started veering away from the hip-hop baggy look, but still my jeans if I wear without a belt, they kind of drop. 36 is my natural size, it's what I wear for dress pants, but I've found myself getting 38s in the Old Navy bootcuts for example, only because I didn't want what I thought were very tight jeans. Anyway, I recently gave in and bought some low-rise Antik bootcuts. It was different. First of all, it *feels* good. I feel as if I'm wearing uh, nothing. You can tell the quality difference. However, the fit defintiely took getting a little used to. I have a sizeable uh, derrier, too, and powerful thighs, it actually looks a little flattering now that I think about. It's starting to grow on me. Anyway, I want to buy a pair of Rock & Republics, but I don't know if to go in for a 36 or a 38. How do RRs run versus Antiks? Are jeans SUPPOSED to be tight, or are they supposed to be loose that they must be worn with a belt? Should I be able to put both hands comfortably in the pockets? I'm new to this designer jeans thing. I don't want to spend the extra if the look/fit is wrong. Cheers, Will.