Smittie, yes, I often have to go up a size or two in the new high waisted BF styles — but not the Eileen Fisher version, that I purchases, where I was a size down, typical for EF.
Most of the newer high rise styles are less stretchy. This has some pros and cons. I prefer the feel of the denim, but it can "bag out" a bit more easily both in the knee area and the waist/tummy.
I LOVE the look of the wider straights on the models and I think if I find the right pair it will be love for me, on me, as well. Just a question of finding the right ones, and for some reason it seems a tougher fit on me (at least so far). I did get the Madewell slim wide crops, which are sort of in-between a wide crop and a wide straight. I like them a lot, but the knees bag out.
Angie, sounds like you found your baggier straights for sure! LOVE the colour!
Smittie, below are the ones I got for fall. I'm not completely sure about the Madewell Perfect Vintage jean. Need to try it on again (tags still on) to decide. But the other three are winners so far. Got at NAS. And love to make jeans my trend item.