I am a size 33 waist, which is basically impossible to find online for the most part. So, I generally default to 34 and wear a belt when ordering online to avoid the hassle of 32s that fit, but are awkwardly tight. I've actually had a pari of RVCA jeans that were 32s that fit great, but I still opted to go with the bigger size for this. Well, the 34s were extremely tight, to say the least. It didn't help that the fabric has no stretch, and with the synthetic component, I had little faith that they would stretch out over time, so I returned them. However, I was afraid to go through the hassle of trying out 36s, because even though you would think sizing is at least consistent down the line, you really never know and I feared the 36s would be just as huge as most 36s. So I just took the money back. It's a shame, because these have a nice look and feel to them. Try them on in a store if you can.