My wife is very critical about about biking clothes. Its too tight, not tight enough, it makes me look fat, etc. After almost giving up biking because of the emotional pain and suffering the whining was causing me, i decided to buy her these shorts. I am glad i did! They run small so size up 1 size. These will feel tight when you put them on but will loosen up. My opinion is most women tend to buy bibs that are too big. They should almost feel too tight before you start riding. if you have not worn bibs then you should try a pair. an added benefit of bibs is they cover your stomach and sides. no more muffin top!