Cernio-- I just measured my HIPS and it's about 32" size 28 SkG in Elephants were way too tight when I had the top buttoned and it was also tight around my waist. If you decide on 28's I say measure your hips and if they're 30+ I say get a size 29. Also look for a store that has both 29 and 28 so you can exchange if need be. I was going to get 29's but got 30's first because it was the last one and the fit isn't bad so I stuck with it even tho 29's would have been perfect.
As far as DI fades go, I think as long as you're very active they'll fade kinda fast. I don't do much so, and I really only were them about 20 hrs a week for the past 8 months.
Here's a couple pics I took at work..
weird guy deep indigo 29 (tts) Pics suck but 2 soaks 1 dry clean