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I ordered a black pair in a 36 waist. Because that's almost always my size depending on the manufacturer/brand. I can getaway with a 34 in some instances. These were way to tight and unwearable. So obviously they were returned. Nice basic shorts at a reasonable price. Would've reordered at 38, but alas not in stock anymore.
Edit got a black and a blue 38 waist when they were back in stock. fit me just perfect.
As other reviewers suggested, these fit snug. I bought a size-up from my usual jean waist size and they fit fine, but if I'd ordered the same size as I usually buy they wouldn't have fit. So swallow your pride and order the next size up.
The other concern is the buttons on the leg pockets are tricky to use, rendering the pockets nearly useless. They'd be much better with snaps or velcro, but if you want to button them closed for security it's quite the struggle to open and close them. There's no point in buying Dad Shorts if you can't use the pockets easily.