These are a great length, just like cycle shorts. They don't ride up like some will but if you bigger than a size eight they are very unflattering round the tummy! I'm apple shaped and the waist band falls exactly where I dont want it to, just under the belly button just where my flabs worst. I have no real hips either but I wonder if these would fit pear shapes. The are still great for taking my little one swimming but def not beach wear, I think they wouldn't last long round sand.