I have a very small waist and muscular thighs; these shorts fit perfectly! I’m 5’3” and 115lbs, and ordered a size 25.
I’m 5’8” and 150lbs and ordered the 25 originally, I could button them but they were too tight. I then ordered the 27, but Fran Denim called me to let me know this batch was fitting more true to size so to go with the 26. They fit great! Snug around my waist, but stretch in the legs. Thank goodness for Fran Denim! Hoping for more colors in the Molly design as I don’t love frayed shorts.
I will only be purchasing shorts from Fran denim now. These shorts fit better than any other I have ever tried. They cover my entire butt but are not dorky long. They are incredibly soft and stretchy but don't sag by the end of the day. For this particular cut I recommend following the advice and sizing up one size.
First pair of shorts I’ve had since high school that had decent coverage and I don’t have to cinch a belt on to tighten the waist.