I wear a size 3 in pants by Hurley, Billabong, Element, Levi's, what have you so naturally I ordered these in a 3. I ended up returning them for a 5. As others said, and something I disregarded when I initially purchased them, the material is a bit think with less stretch than most of today's jeans. They are high-waisted and ankle-cut. I originally ordered them in natural which I loved, but they did not have a 5 in natural so when I exchanged them I got the blue and they are fabulous as well.