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I am a size 14 and ordered the large with the gathered “buttcrack” look. They have a good amount of compression but the gathering at the butt disappears. I do have a backside that looks like Spongebob however. I think the models in the photos (are photoshopped obviously) are wearing 2 or 3 sizes up so that the fabric is loose enough to gather. I would order again, but perhaps the patterned ones and an XL for a little less compression. These are thick and I can squat with no skin showing through. I suspect they would be very hot if you were outside or worked up a sweat.