I bought these shorts for my daughter who fell in love with two of the cute tops that match these shorts. We ordered her normal adult small in both the top and the bottom. The top fit fine, but the shorts were way to snug. We returned and ordered a size bigger and now she is very happy. They are more a bathing suit fabric feel (but thicker and snug) than the cotton she's become accustomed too with her dance leotards, but the band around the bottom keeps them from riding up, and she likes them a lot. Both pairs of new shorts were worn to class the first week after they arrived, that means they are keepers.