Raw denim must be bought super tight because it will stretch out to your desired size.
True Or False: FALSE
Most denim is sanforized, meaning it won't shrink any further. Yes, you might get an inch or inch and a half of stretch over time, but it'll always come back to the same tightness at the waist that they were when you bought it after a wash. That doesn't mean all sizes are built equal, however. While Levi's jeans run pretty true to size at the waist (32 means 32 inches around), A.P.C. is notorious for its "vanity sizing," where waist measurements are so off you "go down a couple sizes" to get a real measurement that fits. In a nutshell: Buy denim snug but not tight enough that you can't move comfortably in it.