I love these pants. I'm a college professor of costume design and I need clothes that can take me from the classroom to the fitting room to the Dean's office to the rehearsal hall in the same day and these are a perfect style and fit. I'm 5'8" and typically wear a size 12 so I got a large. My waist is big in comparison to my hips and I don't find these tight at all. The pleated front and wide elastic waistband are flattering and concealing and best of all, they don't slide down my hips like 90% of all pants.
I’m a size 0-2 and the waistband on these pants was insanely tight and uncomfortable. I have a feeling the bigger sizes will be too tight as well. And I had to pay to return them so won’t be trying another size unless they pay for return shipping if they don’t fit.
I really wanted to love this pant--it's perfect in many ways. The hips, legs and length are perfect (I'm 5'8" and usually a size 8 or 10). Medium has always fit me perfectly in Encircled bottoms, but this elastic is very restrictive. A large size would be too loose in the hips, and possibly too long, but the waist elastic on the medium is very, very tight. I hate things that are restrictive across my middle, and this is. I'll keep the pant, because I think I can have the elastic replaced maybe, but I'm disappointed.