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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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GarriStruck said...
Nov. 23, 2015 at 4:14 am
Everyone should be able to wear what they want without being made to feel bad, birthday suit or burqa
thefierypen said...
Nov. 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm
You are very talented!!! Good job!!!
ThePowerfulOne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm
I can relate to this so much! This gives other people courage to stick to their morals and stay strong. I'm not ashamed to be who I am and i've had my fair share of moment like this.
JayBlue said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 5:49 pm
I absolutely love this post! This is amazing and I can totally relate. Keep writing!
mariyahm-- said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 1:11 pm
I can understand what you are talking bout when you say, “It’s my choice” and you don't care what your friends think of you. This relates to me because just as my friends are all into social media and other net works, yet I rather to not deal with that. I feel that my life story doesn’t need to be told from a social media website or app. My life story will be told by me, so if you don’t know or see me ole well it's just not meant to be. It’s not good to follow other people’s footst... (more »)
vansgirl said...
Oct. 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm
i think we shouldn't change who and how we look . if your happy with what you wear and are, then thats all that matters . ;)
Apocalyptic said...
Oct. 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm
I admire the fact that you stuck to your morals. I have had that kind of choice before, and I caved. It didn't work for me, and I ended up feeling stupid. I admire you a lot.
AnnaKarenina This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm
We've all been there. Love this.
A.QtheGreat said...
Sept. 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm
I can totally relate to this. some clothes I just refuse to wear because it's not "me"
Mallowmarsh-Andi said...
Jul. 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm
Been there lots and lots of times. This was great.
celticstudygirl said...
Jun. 13, 2015 at 10:51 pm
This totally reminds me of myself a lot.
casey_lg said...
Apr. 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm
This is so relatable and I am glad you stayed true to you.
CharleyHeelis said...
Mar. 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm
Wow! I cannot explain how beautiful this is , keep choosing to wear what you want and not what others want you to wear ... you're an inspiration xox
Calvina said...
Mar. 18, 2015 at 9:38 am
What was your purpose of writing this story?
Calvinia said...
Mar. 18, 2015 at 9:03 am
This article really reminded me of myself when I was a little girl and you have good talent, I would love see more of your work.
Cindy D. said...
Jan. 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm
Gave me the shivers. Love this article and how relatable it is!
SaraCattt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 19, 2015 at 12:22 am
I love this so much. I've read it five times over and it's so relatable and true.
hunter said...
Jan. 15, 2015 at 2:43 pm
When I look in the mirror I seem myself a 16 year old goof ball with nerdy wire glasses. But it is not what you look like that matters. Its who you are on the inside.
Chrissiana1320 said...
Dec. 17, 2014 at 1:11 am
This is great Emily. It reminds me of me.
graceful said...
Dec. 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Your honesty is refreshing! This is great, good job! And for the record, Beauty is something that can never be achieved through how you look or what you wear. Be confident in who you are and you will radiate like no one else.
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