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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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Joele12 said...
Aug. 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm
LOVE IT!!  be yourself but sometimes when the occasion comes is it okay to wear a different hat? (need some advice before school) 
Philia said...
Jul. 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm
BE YOURSELF! The message is subtle but sure. Good work!!
Isibeal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm
I love this piece! It's amazing, and fits so well into every girl's life. I think everyone has a moment like this, and writing about it shows everyone that it's okay to be and see who you are.  It's sad, though. Don't be ashamed of who you are, because everyone's different and has their own style.
MissPeach said...
Jul. 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm
Thank you, I have tried the exact same thing before. I wasnt able to try it on first and so now I am stuck with it.
ninjaballerina1234 said...
Jul. 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm
I loved this story! thank you for writing it. :)
Silhouettes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 26, 2013 at 9:35 am
I've had expiriences like this a lot. I go to some place I think will change my look so I'll look . .  . . . pretty, but it turns out everything  I try to try on just doesn't make me look like someone I want to be.  It's really discouraging and I'm glad someone wrote about it so I could have something to relate to. Maybe something we can relate to is something we can treasure; that's why this has gotten so many views. Great Job. :) 
RoyalCorona said...
May 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm
This is a great example of an anti-giving into today's society to become someone cooler that actually is well-written and interesting! I applaud you for your choice, us nerds have to stick together in a nerdless world!!
ItsMyLife said...
May 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm
Sooooo.... yeah, I've already posted a comment on this story but it is soooo good I've got to post another! I'm perfectly geeky, shy, blond, skinny, and wear ponytails! Way to go blonds against stereotypes that don't need to fit in to be their own pure awesomeness! Seriously, one of the best stories ever.
gahgazzuino said...
May 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm
it's cool how you still made it whole from beginning til the end flawlessly. you successfully moved me in this short story. good job! 
MaddieMP1996 said...
Feb. 28, 2013 at 11:28 am
I like it, i'm sure every girl can relate to this story. God job.
SmileOn said...
Dec. 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm
That girl is so me. Right down to the ponytail. Such a great story.  
KatnissDaywalker said...
Dec. 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm
Hey, Modest is Hottest! Good for you!
RoyalCorona replied...
May 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm
That is so true!! I would rather by modest than just another one of those girls trying to get attention with short skirts and low cut shirts!
boo620 said...
Nov. 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm
you are fantasic im that girl at school too. i ware different chothes, ha i make my own chothes. you are an insiration.
#1animeperson said...
Oct. 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm
i think tht is sad but i am like tht the "goody goody" as ppl say to me i have straight A's i guess thts why
AugustusH20s said...
Jun. 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

All girls hope that there is some magic answer that will transform our lives and make it easier, but usually the magic answers don't work/only last a little while.

I loved your piece. Love who you are! xBri

Caitlin B. said...
Jun. 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Thia was really good. I have felt the same many times and I think it's something a lot of girls can relate to. Well done, and keep writing! I can wait to read more of your writing!
doinitwrite said...
Jun. 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm
Every teenage girl can identify with this in today's society. Clothes don't make someone who they are. This is a great way of showing that. Great writing with a wonderful message!
DifferentTeenThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm
I love this, mostly because I can relate. I used to feel like I couldn't wear or wouldn't look right in a skirt. But I got past that bump in the road in my life. I was at a point where I was really uncomfortable with myself. Now I can wear whatever I think is cute without a doubt. I really think you would like my piece "Me And My Questions" if you ever any spare time. Great writing!
SilverSun said...
Apr. 30, 2012 at 10:26 am
This is a very beautiful piece full of ideals I wish everyone had. You wrote this so perfectly, it is so deserving of the magazine publication you received. I especially loved the part where you "saw yourself." good job!
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