So by getting my normal size rather than a size down, the cutting in half problem was somewhat solved and they're much comfier... but I still wish the waistband was wider and taller. I'm still going to buy more though, as they're still much better than my normal non-jegging jeans and stay up better too. I'm 5'3" but my natural waist is very high (at the bottom of my ribcage, where the smaller ribs are, 3-4" above my bellybutton) and these just don't quite reach the whole way up there. When they're up the whole way they do have a slimming effect, but as they start to slide down they don't look as good and do require some adjusting. If the waist went up higher, was made larger, or was a wider "control" type band, these would work a lot better for me. I go with the regular length and they do bunch slightly but I worry that going for petite length would be flood pants. I usually go for 34" inseam on jeans as 32" is just barely too short.