5'4'' 158-163 with real curves. These jeans are a game changer. I have struggled my whole life to fit jeans to a smaller waist with a booty, hips, and thighs. These are a dream. Ordered a 31, but I think I could have gotten a 30 and been happy too. THANK YOU! I was pleasantly surprised. They're a keeper.
First pair of skinny jeans and I’m very pleased! Comfortable stretch for built calves and thighs and very flattering fit. You can dress these up and down! For reference, I’m 5’5”, 140lbs, 37” hips, 25” waist, 19.5” thighs, and I bought a 27. Could have gone with a 26 for my waist, BUT the 27 fits PERFECT for everywhere else.
The first pair of jeans I've put on that didn't make me cry (oh they fit like a dream) ! I'm 5'9, 165 powerlifter and quite honestly I've never feel comfortable in anything but my work out gear.... until now!!!! Hands down the best jeans for my muscular body. Thank you Fran Denim ❤ I bought size 30 but could easily go for a 29. Waiting on a restock 😄
I am not one to order jeans online, or spend over $20 on jeans for myself. (I’m super thrifty on myself!) but after searching for years to find the right fit, I decided to give these jeans a try. Knowing there was a return policy was key for me in this transaction. I was fully prepared to not settle for another pair of jeans.
The first time I slipped these on, I knew it was the best money I had spent for myself in a long time ! They fit me perfectly and they’re soooo comfortable ! Like they were tailored just for me ! I jumped o line that same day and bought another pair haha ! They’re that good!
I absolutely love these jeans! I will never find another brand that fits my body the way these jeans fit! I also really like how I don't feel constricted when I move and don't have to constantly pull them up!
I'm 5'4", 132 pounds with a 30.5 inch waist.
I am 27 years old, weigh 170lbs and im 5' 6" and I have 24" thighs and let me tell you...THESE ARE AMAZING. I have super muscular thighs that are thicker than a bowl of oatmeal and ive ALWAYS struggled to find jeans that don't suffocate my calves and thighs. I am always stuck with the seam embedded into my legs from crotch to ankle with all jeans I wear. but not these! they FIT!! they are comfortable and fit so well. highly recommend anyone with big legs to rock these babies! I will never buy any other brand again!
I’m 5’4, 132#, got size 27 and they are great!
Welp, these jeans ruined all other jeans for me. I was wary of these because unfortunately, I'm not a fitness model. I'm tall with a big ass and all jeans, high rise or not have a tendency to slide down and show off that crack. These passed the test! And they look damn good too. I can't wait to see if the shorts work as well.
Love my jeans!! They fit great, are comfortable and I'm super excited that there's no back gap! I'm 5'4, 130lbs with an athlete build and size 27 fit perfect. I will definitely be ordering more. Thanks Fran Denim!!!
I am 5'5" and 138 pounds, with large thighs, 30" waist and 39" hips. I bought the medium wash Nicole jeans in size 28. I will say that the color was a bit darker than the photos indicate, as the wash was really somewhere between medium and dark. These jeans fit really, really well, with plenty of room for my legs and butt, and a high enough rise that I don't have to keep pulling them up, even after sitting down. The ratio of stretch to support is perfect, as they are snug, but still very comfortable. My only issue was that I do still have a small waist gap in the back, but nothing like the huge gaping pocket of denim that "normal" jeans give me. I liked them so much, I ordered two more pair!
I’m 5’9 and 170 pounds. I ordered size 31 based off I already have two pairs of shorts and one pair of jeans in that size and I love the fit and the fact that they were American made. So I ordered a couple more assuming they would be the same. I should have done my research because the Nicole is not American made. And the fit and quality doesn’t feel the same as my other 3 pairs. I still like them, but not as much as my other pairs, which I LOVE. Regardless, I love that this brand offers jeans that actually fit and look good and I hope they continue to restock other styles in the “larger” sizes. Also shipping was super fast. :)
The extra room in the thighs of these jeans are great! Unfortunately for me though, the calves are still a bit too snug until the second wearing between washes and I hate to say it but…I’ve still got a waist gap. Maybe if I had gotten a size smaller it could have helped with the waist gap but considering the snug calves, I’m glad I didn’t. For reference, I bought a size 32 and my waist measures 34”, hips 44.5”, I’m 5’5” with a medium length torso. These definitely still fit better than any other jeans I own so no real complaints, I just had very high hopes about Fran Denim’s claim to no waist gap. Oh, I got these in both the medium and dark washes and for some reason the fit is slightly different (med wash seems just slightly larger than the dark) but it’s not too noticeable. If the thighs hold up to regular wear then I’ll still order again.
I wear a size 32, high rise jeans. My hips are 40 inches, my waist is 35 inches and I am 5 ' 4" . These are the best jeans that actually go over my thighs and butt. Jeans in the dept store were always too small. I have been lifting weights for 39 years and so it is difficult to find jeans for an athletic form. Fran denim jeans are wonderful. I couldn't have been happier with my selection.
Everything you read about these jeans is true. Trust me you will not regret this purchase. I will never buy another brand of jeans for myself again. Best fit, and so comfortable and best of all flattering! You also don’t spend all day pulling them up like other jeans.
For reference I am 5’2” 115 lbs and bought size 24. I have the Nicole high rise in this size and it fits perfectly. Unfortunately the Sarah mid skinny black tends to stretch out in the waist and is slightly tighter on my thighs, resulting in them riding down all day. Maybe I just need to stick to high rise, but it seems the fit is just a little different from other styles. Still ok but not as great as my other pair!
These fit perfectly and look amazing! Love how versatile they are; I can dress them up for work and dress them down for home.
Fit like a dream. Size 25 5’4 128
I loved the Sarah in the denim looks, so I tried the black version. I love them, but they do fit a bit tighter than the blue denim pants. I am 5'4" and 130 lbs and bought the size 25.
This is my third pair of Fran denim jeans. I absolutely love the fit and they are super comfortabLe. I have gotten rid of all my other brands of jeans since discovering Fran denim.
Finally a quad blessed girl and wear comfy jeans!
I’ve got another pair coming Since I loved these so much !
For reference I’m 5ft4 155lbs 30 waist 40 hips
I got a size 39 .
I’m 5’ and my weight fluctuates between 113-118 and when you’re only 5’ 5lbs can change your size so I own these in 2 different sizes and I’m about to order them in a third size since I’m pretty thin right now. At 113lbs I wear a 24” and at 118 I wear a 25”. I also have these in 26” because sometimes the junk food gets the best of you, lol. Can’t wait for more petite options.
I absolutely LOVE these jeans and had to pick up another pair in a lighter wash of Kay Petite Skinny. It's always impossible for me to find jeans that fit just right, and these fit the bill. They are worth every penny and I'll certainly be back for more pairs! They are a little tight stiff fabric wise when you first put them on but as I've worn and washed them they've softened up quite a bit and now they are the most comfortable pair of jeans I own.
Love them. They fit exceptionally well... no busting out of seems here!
Julie High Rise Skinny Black
I am normally a size 28 in jeans (I'm 5'7", 155lb, 29" high waist, 31" waist at belly button, 40" booty) and this also fits the Fran sizing. Because of the recommendation on the website to size up for the black Julie jeans, I ordered a 29. After wearing them once, they are baggy on the waist! I wish I had ordered the correct size 28. I also ordered another pair of jeans from Fran in size 28 and they fit perfectly. So if you size yourself to fit properly, I do not recommend going one size up for these black jeans.
Julie High Rise Skinny Black
I have a pair of dark wash Nicole High Rise Skinnies, but I really wanted a pair in black and the only ones available were the Julie. I think I like the fit of the Nicole a little bit better, but the Julie is still a great pair of quality jeans.
All my life I have had quads. Due to genetics, sports (track) and dance. FINALLY someone thought to design jeans fit girls with QUADS!! And even better they chose a tag line that didn’t body shame us!! “For the dedicated” ❤️❤️❤️
These jeans are awesome! I have a short, narrow waist and bigger hips and thighs and jeans slide ride down or are uncomfortably tight in the waist to keep them on…Fran Jeans fit amazing and feel good on and stay up perfectly!!
I ordered the April Super High Rise in a medium wash, size 28 and they are the most comfortable jeans I own, though I felt like they were a tad too loose around the waist. Thus, when I ordered a second pair on the Dark Wash, I went with a size 27. I can get them over the hips and zipped, but they're definitely on the tighter side! I love the way they look and the fit is almost perfect on a low-carb, bloat-free day. I've kept them as my "goal pants" in hopes that they become a more appropriate fit in the next month or so. I'm not sure if the sizing varies between washes or if I truly am just in between sizes.
5'9", 164lbs, 29" waist, 43" hips
I had previously tried these in a 29, which is my size in the Mika petite version fo this jean. But, I decided to try sizing down to a 28. AMAZING! I love Fran demon in general. Mika/Iris/All the shorts. But, these high rise Aprils are just my absolute favorite! I hope you make more medium washes in the April. Maybe a medium wash destruction?
5’4” 155lbs size 28
They stretch quite a bit when you wear them. I for sure could have sized down at least 1 size, they feel a little big once I wear them.
I am IN LOVE with these jeans! I've never found anything that fits me so well. I am so excited not to have that terrible waist gap I had just decided was inevitable. I'd love to see more options in the cropped/petite realm. I'm 5'3" 133 pounds and the 27 fit me perfectly, although still just a touch longer than I usually wear.
Totally in love!
I’m 5’2.5, 130 lbs. I ordered a 27, they are pretty tight but they have already started to stretch out. Super comfortable! Fit is perfect for my thigh booty and thighs, and thin waist.
Jean shopping has always been a fraught and esteem-destroying exercise, and then I found Fran. I literally teared up from happiness when I saw the models that had muscles and curves like mine. This is my third pair. Thank you for making these. I'm 5'3", 150lbs.
I am a petite (5'2") thicc (175#) lady and these fit great! They're stretchy so they work well if you are little in the middle but you got much back. They also definitely do not have the dreaded gapping at the waist. The length works great for me and the fabric and construction are both high quality. Definitely recommend.
Cute and comfy. I don't really have the athletic build the gals in the photos have but I'm curvy so I thought I'd give these a try. Can't beat the price! And finally jeans I don't have to fold up at the ankles! Just the right length - though for someone any taller than I am (5'4", 127) they'd be way too short. I ordered the 27.
I will be purchasing another pair ASAP. The stretch is “just enough” while not losing shape. Extremely comfortable and flattering. Highly recommend.
Recieved my jeans yesterday, promptly washed and am wearing them today. I am very leery of ordering online because nothing fits right. These fit perfectly. Finally! Skinny jeans that fit my calves and behind without a gaping waist! Material is high quality. I love them and will be ordering again!
Finally a pair of jeans that fit me! I’m 160#, 5’5” athletic build. 29’s fit great.
I finally took the plunge with Fran Denim jeans and they did not disappoint! They actually stay up when I move around. So comfortable! I bought a size 25 and I'm 5'4"; 130 lbs.
I’ve always had trouble finding jeans that fit my booty n thighs with no waist gap since I’ve got a small waist and these are a game changer! I’m 5’4, 108 and wear a size 25
So, I purchased these for my wife. She's 5'3" and about 140lbs, and has always had issues finding jeans that fit. Well, we saw these and she, my wife, was very aprehensive about spending about $100 per pair. Per my wife, BEST $$$ I've ever spent on her! The jeans were fantastic, fit perfectly, and you have definatley lived up to your reputation. This is the only place we will shop from this point forward!
This is my second pair in this style/cut. Now that I have the sizing figured out since the sizing and material changed, I’m good to go! Fits quads and glutes perfectly and I can still move!
I’m 5ft tall, 129lbs and I wear a 26
So far these have been my favorite fitting jeans. I have the medium and dark wash in Kay. The dark wash have more stretch then the medium ones. I struggle getting the medium wash jeans over my feet. So I’d go up a size if you want these ones.
Prior to buying the Kay petite skinny medium wash jeans (5’4”, 134lbs) it had been more than a year since I had worn a pair of jeans. Waist too small, legs, butt, and calf muscles too big. The Fran jeans fit perfectly! No more inching the thighs back in place every hour or dragging them over my calf muscles. I can wear them all day and not count the minutes before I’m back into workout gear. Size 27 was just right!
I’m 5’2” and 125 lbs and wear a 24. The fit is great. Waist fits, thighs still a little tight but if I go up in size then there is extra fabric in front.
The only reason is not full stars 1: I had to cut the ankles of because I couldn’t fit my foot through the stitched opening (I wear a size 6 shoe, my feet are not big) 2: the medium wash is the same exact color as my Eva crop distressed dark wash jeans. I was hoping for lighter. Photo is to show color of jeans.
These fit like a dream and I always get compliments when I wear them. I'm 5'4" and 175 pounds. Both the 31" and 32" fit.
Great fit! I'm 5'2" 120lbs. I ordered size 26. I was afraid they would be too small as my other jeans are 27's (which was sold out). But they are perfect!
I now have about 5 pairs of Fran Demins. All the Mika washes (dark / destruction / medium) and then the Iris (button fly / both the dark / medium wash) they all fit me very similar and wonderfully. Easy to move / comfy all day / doesn’t stretch out to not fit property / and they make my bum look great! I’m hoping they wear over time because that is the only box that I haven’t yet tested! I’m just und 5’5’’ and ordered the 29’s.
Absolutely the best Denim ever!! One of many styles I wear...
I am 5'8," 140lb, athletic build, and I bought a size 28. These fit me really great although they are quite a bit longer than I really need. Doesn't bother me though! Seems like good quality and the fit in my butt/thighs/waist is really good.
Highly recommend! I will be ordering another one very very soon!
Even though these are advertised for body builders, they are my PERFECT mama jeans too!
I am 5’7, 158lbs and bought a size 27.
I am 5’11” and 185 lbs and could NEVER find jeans that fit me well, with larger thighs and a booty. These jeans are PERFECT. When I measured, I aired on the side of caution a little and ordered a size 30 and while they fit like a glove as soon as I put them on, they loosened up a little as I wore them the first time and I found myself pulling them up constantly as I was moving around a lot. I will definitely be ordering in more colors (I got the dark wash this time) and will try a size 29 next time to see how they feel!
I’m 6’ with long legs and the Helen’s Long Skinny jeans fit like a glove! If they had more options in long I’d buy more!
As a tall, muscular, active woman, finding jeans that move with me has been what I thought was a lost cause. These are the best jeans I've ever owned. Damnit, I love them.
The denim looks great on and the pants are flexible, easy to move in and have no waist gap. I am 5'4" and weigh 120 lbs with an athletic build and purchased a 26. I find the inseam rides up making them not as comfortable as they could be.
First time in 5 years I've purchased jeans that fit!! And of course I couldn't try these on ahead of time, but all the great reviews sold me on taking a chance! Really glad I did. Hope you come out with more colors in low rise; and shorts!!
New favorite jeans
Jeans and I have been enemies for as long as I remember. I am 4’11 and 3/4” and 125 pounds. I play volleyball, run and lift regularly. My lower half is all muscle but because I’m petite in size most jeans the waist size I need don’t fit my thighs. I enjoy leggings but I’m more of a hoodie and jean girl when not at work. At work I usually opt for dresses because they fit better but the cold windy winters are not dress friendly. I splurged on these jeans and went a size up because I don’t have time to send something back. The 27 fit fine for a little while but ultimately became too saggy. So I reordered these in a 26 and wear them at least twice a week. I’m sooo in love with these jeans.
Emma Long Inseam High Rise Skinny Dark Wash
I’m 5’10”, weigh 160 lbs. Proportionally I have much larger quads and glutes compared to my waist, but there is still a significant gap in the jeans at my waist. I want to love them. Great color and length and just the right amount of stretch. Also love the durability and quality of material. Luckily my thighs and glutes keep them from falling, but the space between my waist and waist band of the jean is a few inches.
I’m 5’10, 170 #. I struggle with finding jeans that fit properly. I have bigger thighs and a smaller waist as well as bigger calves. I don’t like when they are too snug in certain places, when I have to yank them up in order to sit or having to adjust all the time. I finally caved and splurged on these jeans and they are so comfortable. I can literally walk around doing squats in them if I wanted to. The long inseam are *almost* too long but I like having the option to cuff them at the bottom! My only complaint is they do stretch a little bit so they become looser around my knees and right below my belt loops on my backside but I think the smaller size may have been too tight. I did follow the size guide and ordered a 29. Overall, I am loving my purchase and I’m going to be buying more!
I wear a 10/12 , 5ft 10. 34 Inseam. These jeans were the PERFECT Length for me. Also the Waist height is perfectly over my belly button, and I have a long torso. I saw the model wearing this style and she looked like my same build and height so I got size 31, but I could have worn a 30 Also as they have a lot of stretch. I will for sure buy another pair!
Loving this cut! Incredibly comfortable - my go-to denim every time.
5’10” - 160lbs. Size 28
Love these jeans
I am 5’9 130# size 25
At first I thought I ordered too small as they were very tight in the waist
After a few wears the size was perfect
The jeans are long I have to cuff them slightly
I have a bubble butt and muscular thighs not as big as girls in photos but these pants fit great
Love the feel of these jeans and I feel confident they will stay up. Definitely recommending them to all my athletic friends cause it's nice not feeling my calves and thighs constricted while still keeping my jeans from sliding down without a belt. My only issue is I wish there were more long inseam options.
I absolutely love these jeans. They fit perfectly and look great. My only problem is that I don't have more. I get that a 34 inch inseam is a bit drastic and hard to mass produce but even a 32" inseam would meet everyone in the middle. Please please please consider us taller gals!!!
These jeans fit amazingly! Nice snug but stretchy material, color just as pictured, and hold all my lady bits together!
My only complaint is the lack of Fran denims long inseam options, the Helen is the only women’s long pant available. I’d buy every pair if they had them!
Please cater to us leggy ladies too! Long Legs Matter!
I was very pleased when I received my jeans. I ordered the Emma Long High Rise Skinny.
I typically wear a 30 in regular jeans, I ordered a 29... now as I wear them, I could have gone to a 28. They do stretch quite a bit while you wear them.
I will certainly order again!
I recommend going 2 sizes down.
I am 5'7" (ish) and 160lbs with a "strong build" as they say... I bought size 29 (I maybe could've sized down, but idk, these fit pretty darn well). I am ALWAYS having trouble finding jeans that fit my thighs but also are snug on my waist. These jeans do just that- they are stretchy enough to hug my thighs and the high waist leaves no gap at my waist. The zipper is also high quality and little details like that matter. Would definitely recommend to other lifters and women with similar body type- thankful for my Fran Denim jeans!
These by far are my favorite jeans. I’ve been wearing the same jeans for the last 12 years - and they can’t hold on much longer. I have been looking for the perfect pair of jeans to fit my thick legs and bottom. I’ve tried other jeans with similar material and they would always slide down. These jeans stay put! I’m 5’9” and 186lbs and the 30” fit me like a glove. Bought another pair already!
Love the fit of these jeans. The fabric feels like a good quality, not flimsy, and they hold their form well after a few days of wearing. I just wish there were more colors! 5’9” 170, size 29 fit great.
Love these jeans! They are my go-to. The shorts are great too! I wish the flare style came in a long inseam though I would be 100% on board with wearing more than just skinny jeans
When I decided to buy these jeans I was a little nervous because I'm 5'1, 140lbs and had to go by the height/weight chart because my measurements didn't match. I went with a size 29 and they fit perfectly around my thighs. I love how they look and feel. Only thing I wish is they were a tad shorter but I just folded them at the bottom and it looked super cute. I just bought another pair of jeans yesterday!
The reason for 4/5 is that these jeans are not very low rise. They are more like mid-rise. No waist gap as promised though! I love them, just not low rise as advertised. They do start to stretch out a little bit even day one so they start pretty snug. I am 5'3 and 130 pounds with a big booty and muscular thighs. Size 28 fits perfectly, 27 was too small. I ordered both and returned the 27s.
I'm 5'2 and 130 pounds and order a size 27. At first I didn't think I got a big enough size bc they were super tight at first. But after wearing them for 5 min and doing some squats (which they didn't fall off my butt like other low rises) I realized they fit really well!
Dana Low Rise Skinny Light Wash~ these jeans fit perfect! They sit at exactly the right place, not too low, absolutely comfortable! I am 5'4, 131lbs & I ordered a size 27. Customer service was helpful w/ sizing, my measurements didn't fit their size guide so they recommended the size according to my weight. Awesome fit!!! Love them!!!! Definitely recommend!
Soooo I got these jeans in the mail today and I will say this: I’m so used to trying on jeans and being disappointed. Honestly, I had expectations to send these back....but NOPE! I absolutely love them! It’s been a bit since I wore low rise. A little extra room in the rear end would be good but overall I’m impressed! I’m 5’6 snd 165 pounds. I ordered a size 29. I’m a runner, lift weights and do various exercises. I’ve always had an issue fitting in jeans so I pretty much wear leggings all the time! I can’t wait to order another pair of these! I just wish they weren’t so pricey :(
Ordered a size 27.
I measured between a 27 and 28 so I opted to size down, and I love them.
So these arrived on leg day, all inflamed and at my most bloated... and they fit. After wearing them all day today, they fit even better.
No more adjusting the waist every 30 seconds. They dont bunch and slide off my ass when I bend over. Theres ROOM for my butt and thighs?! And I dont mean to be dramatic... but the waist hugs so perfectly. In a way I have never felt. Secure, snug but not uncomfortable.... and girl, I had like 4 huge sushi rolls right before this picture.
The one thing I'll point out is at almost 5'8, this rise sits different- significantly lower- compared to the model. I actually picked this super high rise vs. regular high rise because this one is made in America, but this one likely fits me better anyway. With the exception that it may irritate my belly button ring after awhile.
Super happy. Going to order another style now.
The jeans are a perfect fit for my daughter’s athletic build. Thank you, Fran Denim!!!
I’m 5’9” with a 29” waist and 42” hips and ordered a size 28. I was surprised by how well these fit. I had about a 2 second worry they wouldn’t go up but they slid on and zipped easy peasy. I may be able to get away with a 27 but I kind of like the extra room. I love how they look and while I never thought I could use “jeans” and “comfortable” in the same sentence, MY GOD THESE JEANS ARE ACTUALLY COMFORTABLE! I can bend, lounge, move and am not constantly having to pull them up to make sure my butt hasn’t fallen out. Total win. Will be buying more pairs in different washes.
These are wonderful! I’m a 29 in the Mika, ordered a 28 in three! Absolutely perfect! I’m just under 5’5”
These jeans make you feel some kind of way. They fit so nicely and are SO flattering. I still need to wear a belt but the size fit nicely in the quads and butt. I’m 5’2 and 160 and ordered a 30. Can’t wait to buy another pair.
These fit great! I’ve wanted to order a pair for a while and I am so happy I did. I will only order jeans from here now!
5’2” and 135lbs. The 27 was too tight in thighs and butt for these pants. I have a pair of the dark wash in the same cut and a 27 was perfect. With a simple return, I received the 28 and am very happy with the fit. I would recommend buying a size up in the black denim. Only given a 4 out of 5 because of the return.
I love these jeans! My jeans always pulled down when I sat due to muscular thighs. I didn't realize how great my Fran Denim jeans were until I wore my old jeans after the Fran Denim purchase. I have to adjust the old ones every time I stand up!! I'm restocking with ALL Fran Denim from now on. I am 5'4" 165 and wear a 30. They fit great!
I have a curvy, athletic build and have always had a difficult time finding jeans that fit my waist, buttocks and thighs. I was so excited when I received my first shipment of Fran Denim jeans. And I am happy to report they did not disappoint. Within a few months I am now the owner of 5 Fran Denim jeans and look forward to purchasing more in the future.
The jeans are great, super stretchy, very comfortable, and they don't squeeze and flatten my hips/thighs like most do. However, they are too big. I went by the sizing chart: My hips actually aligned with size 31, my waist with size 30. I went with size 30 to avoid the bunchy waist that you often get with high waist pants that aren't sized correctly. Turns out, I should have gone with size 29, as the waist is still much too big and bunches up, also leaving a small gap. For reference: I am 5'8'' and 170 lbs.
This, however, will not deter me from wearing these pants or buying others; I think I will just size down on the next order. Still very much a fan of the company, brand, and product.
These are so cute on! They’re not AS tight as my other Fran jeans in the same size but they look like they’re suppose to fit that way because of the camo print. They are super soft and comfortable but don’t feel like they’re going to stretch out after wearing them. For reference I’m 5’4”, about 140lbs with a short torso and longer legs. I wear a 29 in Fran shorts and a 27 in Fran jeans comfortably. These are a little long but I could get away with cuffing the bottoms or not.
Love the way these fit. I’m 5’7 150lbs.
I now own 5 pair of Fran Denim Jeans and look forward to my next pair.
Love them! Best jeans ever!!!
my ONLY complaint was the style I bought, the website said to size up, which i did, and they ended up too big. If I had ordered my "normal' size they would have been fine. Otherwise, I LOVE them. Nice construction, minimal gaps (there are some because they are too big) . I will definitely get more, the right size. I'm 5'7", 125 lbs (think ballerina body) and bought a 26. Should have bought a 25. The chart is exactly correct for me for "normal" sizing.