I bought a size too small out of desparation as the size I wanted was sold out. To my surprise I could actually get into it even though I have no use for the draw string now hahaha! I did order my size again just to see which one is the best. I am pear shaped and it push my tummy up instead of flat due to it being too small around the hips. I also have largr varicous veins on my upper thighs which it hides perfectly!