I have several of this style. I'm a "hippy" lady but, I find these pants actually work quiet well for my short waist-hip measurements. I love them all, but I've noticed two things with this new batch I recently ordered. First, they were too big and too long when they came, but after a few washings, they have shrunk considerably. Second, the drawstring isn't as "drawstring" as previous pairs I've purchased - there is very little room for negotiation/tightening. Overall though, I love these pants, I might have to just get a smaller size next time!