Maybe its just me, but I typically wear a size 27 in shorts, and I bought a size 28, and they fit me perfectly. I have done the same with at least 3 pairs of One Teaspoon shorts I purchased. --These shorts are very short! The bottom of the pocket in front tends to show (thats how short they are). --I would describe the color as a super dark blue in person. They could possibly pass as black if worn at night. --No stretch to them. --I do have thighs on the thicker side, and these shorts do conform around them which is a dislike for me. So if you have that same problem, Id go two sizes up, and just wear a belt.