I love these jeans! I bought a size too big but decided to keep it for big dinners etc and have ordered the next size down. I've gained a lot of weight over the past few years and skinny leg, low rise jeans just don't work anymore. Skinny jeans make me look like a sausage pressed into a very tight casing with an escaped explosion on top ( the dreaded muffin top). I ordered the regular size, I'm 5' 3 1/2 ", and they were too long for me so getting the petite. These jeans are great for an hourglass shape with extra junk in the trunk, for those of us who don't want to accentuate every curve, muscle, and tendon nor need a shoe horn to get them on. I think they look a style up from regular jeans; they are perfect for a semi casual event where regular jeans may look too casual and anything formal is too much.