I really like these jeans--new favorite! Not too straight at the bottom, so very flattering. I'm 5'5"and currently 135 pounds, and the 27 fit perfectly but did stretch out quite a bit. I think I could do the 26, too. The length was also too long for me for wearing with flats, but since the hems are raw, I just trimmed off two inches with good sewing scissors and they look great. Good balance of stretchy and also stiff denim.