I am 5'2 and pretty curvy on bottom but my waist is very small, so I have a really hard time finding denim shorts that fit my thighs without massive gapping at the waist. I ordered these and the same pair in the darker "Rock steady" wash, both in my true size 26. Rock steady fit me perfect, while this pair gave me a huge waist gap. How could this be, when they're both size 26?? I think the key is the rise. These are 11.5", while the other wash is 10.75". Depending on where the rise hits on your torso, there may or may not be a waist gap. These have a higher rise, so they went up to the smallest part of my waist, which is probably closer to 24/25. It depends on your torso length, but I'd say size down if you have a smaller waist and order your normal size if your waist to hip ratio is closer to 1:1. I hope this helps with sizing woes!