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    I had not purchased Levi's in a long time and recently ordered a few pairs in my regular size (32x32), but they were too tight. I've been buying all my jeans from Gap and BR, so I had no recent experience with Levi's. All my other pants (including jeans, cords, dress slacks and chinos) are 32 waist. Do Levi's run small on the waist?


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    Not really in my experience. What Levi fit are you buying? I'm true to size in 514. Then again, I would say that Gap runs a little large. Perhaps this is a matter of semantics.

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    They will stretch some. If you haven't bought jeans in a while, you might have stretched your old ones out.


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    I always size down 1-2 sizes for any denim, as the waist tends to stretch an inch or so after a few wears. This coupled with massive vanity sizes that Levi's uses (size 30 usually measures out to a 31.5 or 32" waist) is grounds for my ridiculous waist sizes.


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    I bought 514 and 501.


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    I'd watch out for the skinnier cut jeans though, like the 511. I sized up 1 size to 31 when I bought mine and it still felt a little tight on me.


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    I'd say my average size across the board is 31x30, but in my Levi's 514s I'm a 32x30. I think 501 might be more true to size but the only ones I have are the shrink-to-fits, which I think might be a little wonky anyway. Sometimes GAP brand stuff is sized large - I can sometimes fit in 30x30 in GAP/BR/ON.

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    I wear 32x34 everything, including the Levi 501. Only time that's run too large in the waist was with the ON slim fit cords, which I fixed with a hot water wash. So, I feel they're true to size.


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    34x30 for everything -514, LEC, jcrew, BR, old navy. But 33w for bonobos.


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    The issue isn't that you necessarily need size up on Levi's, it's more that you have to size down less.


    My true waist is a tape measured 33", but at BR, Gap, ON, LEC, and JC, I have to buy a 31. To get the same fit I get 32s at Levis.


    The only mainstream brand I've ever experienced that were genuinely true to size is Brooks Brothers where I wear a 33. Vanity sizing is a pretty well known phenomenon in clothing.


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