The Skirt MAG

March 8, 2008
By EmilytheAuthor DIAMOND, St. Francisville, Louisiana
EmilytheAuthor DIAMOND, St. Francisville, Louisiana
55 articles 20 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. -dr. seuss


I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is my choice.

So why, why did I feel so tempted? My family and I were in Target, and there it was, waiting. A skirt, specifically designed not to cover anything. It was tan and looked like something one of those anime schoolgirls would wear.

I checked my purse. The skirt cost $10. I had the money. I could buy it. I imagined walking into school and my pals’ jaws dropping. Guys would ask me out, and I would be happy. I could buy it – no, I should buy it.

I showed my mother. She was surprised but said it was my decision. My sister looked on enviously.

I went into the dressing room to try it on. So sure was I that this skirt would change me, somehow make me not what I am but what I wished to be. I slid my jeans off and put it on. Now for the decisive moment. I looked in the mirror. There I was – a geeky girl in a Superman T-shirt and sneakers. My glasses fogged up as I started to cry.

The skirt did not change me. Though it fit well and might make me look good in the eyes of ­today’s world, it was not me. I am not a girl who flirts or wears cool clothes to fit in.

I took the thing off and slid back into the ­comfort of modesty. My mom knocked on the door. “Emily, are you okay?”

I wiped away my tears. “I’m fine.” I looked in the ­mirror again and saw a blond skinny girl with dorky ­glasses and a ponytail. I saw myself.



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sara16 said...
on Jan. 14 2010 at 10:23 am
we all have our flaws,nobody is perfect. just dress how your comfortable,dont ever change who you are for who you want to be!

mayraa said...
on Jan. 13 2010 at 7:34 am
sometimes i try on clothes that dont look nice but then i find clothes that look nice so maybe that wasnt the skirt for you.

emogrl said...
on Jan. 4 2010 at 7:50 pm
stay true to urself and be urself cuz true beauty is inside.

on Dec. 23 2009 at 8:23 pm
Short, simple, but it has the message. :)

on Dec. 23 2009 at 7:25 pm
SerenityMine BRONZE, Not Saying, California
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That is wonderful. This was a great piece, and I've had similar experiences. :)

on Dec. 23 2009 at 4:27 pm
BritneyG. BRONZE, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
1 article 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
“My life is like a coloring book with a page in the back you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid.”
~My Dad :)

That is so great how you stayed true to yourself!!! :)

on Dec. 23 2009 at 2:05 pm
pandaLICIOUS SILVER, Portland, Oregon
8 articles 0 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn

Very inspiring, and a good message. WELL DONE!

on Dec. 23 2009 at 1:06 pm
harpangel BRONZE, Voorhees, New Jersey
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
A kingdom founded on injustice never lasts- Seneca, a Roman philosopher.

love this, the message is true!

reesha SILVER said...
on Dec. 23 2009 at 10:39 am
reesha SILVER, Rawalpindi, Other
6 articles 15 photos 124 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Walt Disney

"Hakuna Matata!"
Lion King

"The British policy was 'unite and conquer'. But I say 'unite and conquer'."
Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea)

modesty is good!! I commend u for that! And ur writing is very good!

on Dec. 23 2009 at 6:45 am
aesha123 BRONZE, Roslyn, New York
2 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
i set goals, not limits

Amazin, the fact that u didnt wear the skirt shows just how strong u really are

on Dec. 14 2009 at 12:09 pm
ReflectionsofYou GOLD, Mason, Tennessee
10 articles 0 photos 107 comments
Good for you. No schame in being modest:]

on Nov. 25 2009 at 3:12 pm
scarletP SILVER, East Lansing, Michigan
8 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A smart girl listens but doesn't believe, kisses but doesn't love and leaves before she is left."
-- Marilyn Monroe

be true to yourself and the rest will come. nicely written.

on Nov. 16 2009 at 2:10 am
Anonymous16 BRONZE, Calabasas, California
2 articles 0 photos 11 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is the struggle between our desire for union and our desire for seperation

Your tears make you a stronger person than most

on Nov. 15 2009 at 5:05 am
toxic.monkey SILVER, Tashkent, Other
6 articles 0 photos 210 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Homo homini lupus"

i think as long as you like yourself, it's all good. no one can be happy hating their own self. its fine to try new things--- i can completely relate:)))

on Nov. 11 2009 at 5:17 pm
phoenixqueen GOLD, Idaho Falls, Idaho
10 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I cannot live without books."

I completely understand. Being yourself does not mean being popular.

Belma H. said...
on Nov. 10 2009 at 9:24 am
I totally hear you. This piece is wonderful, keep writing!!! :)

on Nov. 8 2009 at 3:25 pm
CaseyLeigh PLATINUM, Moraga, California
31 articles 6 photos 137 comments

Favorite Quote:
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to.

I love this piece, and how you're willing to be yourself, even with the temptation of the skirt.

on Nov. 4 2009 at 11:33 am
Phantom_Girl GOLD, Ft. Carson, Colorado
14 articles 0 photos 279 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If it comes out of the lion's mouth...it will be on the test."
-Mr. Bala

This piece is very interesting and very relatable. I love it! 5 stars!

on Oct. 18 2009 at 10:37 am
tennisislovee34 GOLD, Sterling Heights, Michigan
15 articles 3 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Every moment of your life, you're writing. Even in your dreams, you're writing. When you walk the halls in this school you meet various people and you write furiously in your head." -Frank McCourt

This is a really good piece, kept straight to the point. I reallly like it and can understand where the girl is coming from. Keep up the good work! :D

on Sep. 26 2009 at 11:16 am
flawsversesperfection BRONZE, Bloomfield, New Jersey
1 article 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The world is an awful, ugly place not to have a best friend."~Sarah Dessen

This was really honest and I understand what the girl is going through. You're a good writer.




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