These have great stretch all around! These are SO stretchy and have an amazing fit! The length is perfect - you can easily squat and the goods won't show. The sizing below is conservative... if you are between sizes or on the fringe of a size you can size down if you like your shorts more fitted. For example, small is 2-4 but a size 5 that likes a more fitted waist in their shorts can grab the small for sure.