I didn't believe it until I tried them! I thought the waist would be too high for me (usually 11" and above looks and feels awkward on me), but these are actually VERY flattering and comfortable. I also was expecting the fabric to be stiff, but the black is soft, yet doesn't stretch out. They retain their shape, are the perfect length, and look and feel like a forever classic! Next I will get the blue. YAY!