I am a true medium, and the second the yellow tartan cake back into stock, I bought them. Their size chart has me with a medium waist, 28-29, but large hips, 37-38. The mediums fit right under my belly button but feel VERY compressive on my butt since I have bigger glutes and they sit right under my butt cheeks (perhaps with some out). I ordered a different plaid pair in large to try and they fit AMAZING! I’ve never worn large in bottoms in my life but I’d recommend sizing up if you want a high waist with a real 2.5 inch inseam and they aren’t loose.