I have had such a hard time buying jeans that fit my waist and legs. A pair that might fit my waist, I can barely get over my legs and hips but these are perfect! I am 5ft 2in, 135 pounds and I got a size 28. I might have been able to get away with a 27.
Fran is my go to denim! At 5'2", 150 lbs, muscular build..these are the only jeans that give my thighs room, look great on my butt and come in a short enough length! No sliding down, no waist gap, comfy to sit and bend in. Worth every penny. I'd go a size or 2 smaller than what you tape at. My waist is 30" at belly button I ordered 28, fits perfect.
Finally! A pair of jeans that fit EVERYWHERE. I'm 5'3" 147 lbs and purchased a size 28. Roomy in the calves, thighs and rear and no gap in the waist. I will be replacing all of my jeans with Fran jeans.
I sized down to the 26 (5'4", size 4/6) and they fit perfectly everywhere. I will be ordering more. The length on my frame is perfect: no scrunching at the bottom. The waist stays tight and they make my thighs look good. I'm really happy with them!
On this mid-rise, I found the zipper to be a little long for my 5'0" frame, but the fit is gorgeous.