Need helping picking/sizing a pair. Is N&F true to size, or do they have vanity sizing. And how much to size down on selvedge jeans.
Stats - 6 feet and 185 lbs (on keto, trying to lose another 10-15, the midriff is the toughest)
Measured my waist - 36"
Last year I was wearing a pair of Levi's 527 Low Boot Cut 34 x 32 (I probably fit a 33 x 32 now).
I read an article on denim and ordered myself a pair of Levi's 501 to introduce myself to Raw/Selvedge. I got a 32 x 34 (sized down 2 on the waist, and up 2 on the inseam). I've been wearing it for the past 3-4 months at least 3-4 times a week. I have to squeeze in to get the last button on (helps with the goal of trying to lose that last bit of weight), but I have about ~2 inches on the thigh so it feels a bit loose/roomy in that area.
Pic from the front - http://i.imgur.com/rTafT.jpg
Pic from the left side - http://i.imgur.com/bWmRm.jpg
Pic from the right side - http://i.imgur.com/ovCoH.jpg
I'm not sure what the hard/fast rule is for picking a waist size for Naked & Famous, and that is one of my issues. I have read that the inseams are usually 35-36" to allow for stacking, tailoring etc. The other issue is to choose which style, Slim Guy, Skinny Guy or Weird Guy.
If you take a look at the pic from my front side in the 501, it looks roomy in the thighs. I want to avoid in the N&F.
Saw a pic of a model wearing N&F Deep Indigo Weird Guy, and thought this is what I want mine to look like. http://220.127.116.11/images/p/n/d/NAKE-MJ4_V1.jpg
I'll try to help you out.
1. Since you want "raw" denim, and are hoping to achieve fading, "wash" is automatically out [wash means after the dying process of the jeans, they wash it => less fading]. As your first pair, I recommend raw indigo, so no beige, gray or blacks.
From my experience, stiffer denim = more fade.
2. Keep in mind, just because a model pulls off a "fit", does not mean you can pull it off, unless you have the same proportions as the model.
3. Did you ever soak your 501? I think you'll achieve a better fit if you tried soaking them.
4. Since you want less room in your thigh, avoid Weird Guy [roomy thighs -> tapered hem]. Leaving you the option of Slim vs Skinny for a slimmer thigh. Since you're a bigger guy with a 36 waist. I would recommend either -1 Slim or +1 Skinny. From my experience, and just from lurking the threads N&F Slim and Weird are vanity size (-1/-2).