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Pleated Schoolgirl Skirt
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July 22, 2016
I purchased this skirt thinking it was going to be like the AA Tennis skirt. It is not at all.
It's longer than I imagined. The straight- Non pleated part in the front looks a bit awkward on me.
I'm 5 2' and 112 lbs. I wear a size small/xs. I got this in a size small, it fits right.. it's just, not what I thought. Like I said, I was thinking about the tennis skirt when I purchased this.
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July 16, 2016
When will American Apparel be manufacturing these again? Seriously, they are perfect for all occasions--I can dress it up and dress it way down, and bend over and not have to worry about my butt hanging out. I have a size medium I bought second hand in black but really could use a small and am dying to get my hands on the taupe/grey color. PLEASE remake these soon!!!
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February 19, 2014
I ordered this skirt in small because i have a small circle skirt that fits perfectly. however, this schoolgirl skirt is a bit loose around my waist. it's also very long! it goes down to my knees. I know this is because I'm short but I just want to warn anyone who wants this skirt and may be on the shorter side! :-) otherwise very cute, I'm planning on hemming it!
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February 15, 2014
This is my very favorite skirt. I have two-- an XS navy and a S charcoal. The XS fits my 24-inch waist perfectly and looks great with a fitted sweater or with the AA striped baby rib tee. Super cute! I wear the S when I need the extra length (it's at least an inch longer, if not two, than the XS) and a slightly more relaxed feel. My only complaint is that after six months the fabric on the navy one is definitely starting to pill.
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October 3, 2013
I got this today and it fit perfectly. I bought a size S and my waist is 25". It's not too tight around my waist and the length is modest but cute.
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Golden Paintbrush
September 28, 2013
I got this skirt in a medium in the heather taupe color. It is actually big on me, but I purchased it on sale so I could not return it. I really like the material this skirt is made out of as well as the style. Wearing it reminds me of Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks, which is the style I was aiming for when I originally bought it.
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September 10, 2013
I got the light charcoal and navy in xs, and they are a bit smaller than the general aa xs size for skirts that I have bought previously. I have a 24 inch waist and these do fit a bit snug, but they are really the perfect and most adorable skirts. If you're between sizes I'd advise ordering up. I along with many others also wish for more diverse colours, but while these were on sale when I ordered them I couldn't help but have two haha.
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August 31, 2013
I got this skirt and really liked it. Also, I got it on sale so it was a really good deal. It fit perfectly but I'm kind of petit with narrow hips. In fact, I have a little bit of trouble ordering online because things are usually big! It is pretty snug around the waist and hips but it is so pretty!
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August 5, 2013
My waist is 27.5 in and 36 at my hip bones (40 in at the largest point) so I ordered a medium. However, it's really sung, especially around the hips. I would suggest sizing up with skirt. Even if it's a tad big, it would look good with a belt, thus solving the problem. Other than it being too small for me, the skirt is really cute and is the same color as the picture (light charcoal) and I love the fact that it was 50% off. I just wish it fit better :( Guess I'm going to have to loose some weight to fit into it better.
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July 24, 2013
This skirt is true to size (or rather, American Apparel size). As a very petite person, I'm always looking for companies that run on the smaller size, and AA gives me that. My waist is 24". This skirt is snug but not tight on me. The fabric of the skirt is stiff but not terribly thick. It is very slimming and looks flattering, and it is professional looking. I love this! Thank you AA.
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July 21, 2013
This skirt is a classic staple. Flattering, nipped high waist that is skims the hips perfectly. Fabric has nice drape and texture. Length is sassy but not too short (hits me mid-thigh) maybe work appropriate with tights. Definitely runs small, I ordered my typical size--25, and it was tiny in the waist and hips. It seems as though if I ordered a size up, the hips would be perfect but the waist might be too big. There was enough extra room where the wrap portion overlapped for me to move a button at the waist so I could still wear it.
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February 8, 2013
My first AA purchase! Fits like a dream if you have an average-sized waste for your body. Very cute but not sexy... so it's appropriate for the office, especially if you wear some tights. Beautiful material, very well-made.
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February 8, 2013
I wasn't sure which size to buy as a lot of reviews say this skirt runs small. I have a 26 inch waist and bought the medium. I could of bought the small but didnt want to risk it. The medium sits nicely But just below my waist. I am getting the buttons moved and re-stitched so that it sits on my waist. If your unsure it's not a problem to alter this skirt.
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January 29, 2013
I have a weird body shape. I am not very symmetrical from the mid-waist down so I almost can never find a skirt that can hide this defect well. I am glad to have found this skirt from AA. A really nice flattering skirt on my skinny body! (I am a rectangle body shape, small everything!)
I bought this skirt in two deep colours, charcoal grey and midnight blue. The former colour is very pretty. Midnight blue, however, is a very dark blue that sometimes look like black when there's not enough light. I'd prefer navy blue if it's available.
I wanna buy it in black also, but when I try it on, it looks like an off-black. Not a nice solid black. Kinda pale black. I didn't buy it in the end. You never know how a colour comes off until you can see it in person and try it on.
I look forward to seeing this skirt in other more interesting (upbeat) colours.
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December 9, 2012
I have the grey charcoal version and it's a beautiful skirt, very well constructed. It does run a couple of inches small but you can simply move the button.

I need it in black as well but size Medium isn't available anymore. Please bring it back!
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November 4, 2012
I've been looking for a pleated skirt for quite some time and as the time went by I almost gave up on finding one and was starting to think about getting it custome made. Usually pretty ones were totally over priced and the afordable ones were made of bad material or didn't look right. This one is just perfect. I was afraid it might be too long on me as I'm not that tall and high-waist skirts usually hang a bit too long on me. But the length is just like in the photos with the asian model and the pleats are fantastic.. flowy and flirty. This skirt is basically a wrap-around skirt. It closes up in front with 2 buttons. Which is awesome cause as many of the other reviewers mentioned, it does run a little small.. so if it fits too tight you can move the buttons a inch to make it more comfortable. However, this worked out perfect for me.. Cause my waist is 21inches and its hard to find anything that fits right. I got the light charcol. The color is slightly lighter than i thought it would be but it is nice. I'm getting another one in black. This skirt is a staple piece, get it.
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November 1, 2012
This is a really cute skirt, but as other reviewers have stated, it runs quite small. (I find this a constant with AA clothes, though, so I'm not so surprised.) My waist fluctuates from 23 inches to 24 inches and I had to suck in my stomach to put on the XS when I got it today! I also own this skirt in another color and size, S, and that's a bit roomy for me.

Overall, lovely skirt - it's one of my favourites!
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December 20, 2011
I really like this skirt. It is, however, definitely snug around the waist.... I have a 24" waist. For me I'm perfectly happy with this because it's actually pretty difficult for me to find such well-fitted skirts, but I can see it being a problem for people. I also adore the length on my short height, which is a little bit above at my knees (I love modesty).
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September 2, 2011
Just the skirt I was looking for. I love these skirts. ButI need a large for it to fit perfectly. PLEASE. Almost half the reviews request a L or XL. Why not make them and earn more revenue? Hey, Business 101! It hangs pretty well (one of the buttons is off and it's a bit tight unless I wear it really high. Sigh.) But it looks great with tall socks and boots.

If you release it in Large, I will buy one in 4 colors at least. Please. This style is extremely flattering and you'd sell loads. And make more REVENUE. Yes, the elusive R word: REVENUE. Revenue is usually considered a good thing for businesses. I run a business and I like it. Ask around, you'll find it's a pretty common sentiment. Sorry for the snark, I just really want to buy a bunch of these skirts!
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August 25, 2011
Perfect skirt. With my 27 inch waist, the Medium fits almost perfectly... the only issue being that I think the second button hole needs to be slightly moved to get it to sit perfectly flat. Even so, this is a beautiful skirt and I'm excited to wear it!

I can understand why people want it in larger sizes. I'm an 8-10 in Australian size which is extra small / small, yet I fit the largest size they make in this skirt... odd!
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August 16, 2011
I've been a fan of this skirt forever. It cropped up online a few years ago, JUST as I was looking for a grey pleated school-girl style skirt. I was excited to see what the sizes were like in real life, but alas, I am a large woman and medium, even a high-waisted medium is just not going to cut it. I've been waiting and waiting for this skirt to come out in an XL, or even an L, but alas, you haven't changed the sizes. This really depresses me, as this is STILL a skirt I covet immensely and I feel like the fact that you stopped the sizing at medium is immensely unfair. Please release a bigger size. I'm begging you.
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July 2, 2011
My school skirt looks exactly like this!
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April 15, 2011
I love this skirt but can't do the darn thing up. Please, please PLEASE make an L and XL?
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April 12, 2011
This skirt is amazing! If I worked in an office right now, I would probably buy it in every color. I love the fit, the length, the colors, and the sewn-in pleats ($60 for a skirt might sound expensive, but sewn-in pleats are AWESOME and look so good, all the time, no matter what). You can't really see the pleats well in most of the photos, but they start on the edges of the front and wrap all the way around the back. My only complaint is that it isn't made in larger sizes! I'm 5'3" 115 to 120 pounds with a 29" to 30" waist and 35" to 36" hips, and this skirt barely fits me in a Medium (I definitely have to wear it at my natural waist, a little bit higher than I'm used to wearing skirts, but not a problem). I think it would be flattering on people with larger waists than mine, so it's too bad it isn't sold in larger sizes!
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March 26, 2011
This skirt probably is the best thing that has happened to me. I beg you please make another colour, I would so buy it. I have this in Light Charcoal and a size S but I'm thinking of betting the midnight navy as well..but I would love another colour that's not so similar to the others. But anayway just do buy this skirt it's heavenly.
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March 20, 2011
I've been waiting for this skirt in L for over two years now. Ridiculous. I would (as I'm sure so many other people as well) buy one in every color IF they made it in L. I don't even have a large natural waist and M is just a touch too small. Not cool, AA.
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March 16, 2011
I bought this skirt in summer of 2009 in a medium, and it is and was awesome, it fit around my natural waist when I wore it (it was about 27 inches), but after losing weight it was too loose to wear there (at a 24 inch waist). I found, as a short-waisted person, it looks really good buttoned around the ribcage, so long as you're not busty.
I suggest if you're short-waisted, maybe wear a size that fits your ribcage instead of your natural waist. It hangs perfectly flat and is a little bit shorter and leg-lengthening. My ribcage measures about 27.5 inches, so the medium fit there without being too loose or too tight. It looks even better this way, and hangs perfectly flat.
I have 2 of these skirts, but I would love one in another color, it just sucks that the colors are so similar. One in a deep red would look absolutely lovely.
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January 30, 2011
This skirt is the best. It fits to perfectly, it just lays flat and make you look so fit and cute as the same time. I feel beautiful wearing it, really. I got it today in light charcoal but it's a lot more greyish than it looks in the pic(it looks very classical..like what the school girls wore in London back in the 60's)...anyway it's lovely. Totally worth it.
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November 2, 2010
I have this skirt in both light charcoal and midnight navy in medium. The navy one is a tad tighter than the charcoal one, but both are gorgeous skirts and look beautiful. For reference, I have a 25.5 inch waist, usually am between a u.s. size 2-4 and measured the waist of both skirts, the charcoal was 26 inches and the navy was 25. for those of you who might not fit into a medium, try a bunch of mediums on and maybe one will fit, sort of like how the zipper-ankle jeans are.
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October 13, 2010
We need...no we demand size L! Skirt is so wonderful and versatile, but I cant fit in it.
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October 4, 2010
I love this skirt, but I gotta give it 1 star because it's too snug around the waist. I have a 28-29inch waist, and when I try this it's too snug to be comfortable. It wouldn't be too hard to include one or two larger sizes for those of us who love this skirt.
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September 26, 2010
i tried this on in the store, and fell in love...except that a medium just didn't fit. AA sizes are a little smaller in my opinion. i wish they made it in Large!!!!!! i would buy like 3 of them i dont even care if they are $60!
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September 25, 2010
I try this on every time i get the chance... it's so cute just a little snug :( ... I wish it came in a large!!!!
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September 14, 2010
I loved this skirt, when I tried it on during a trip to NY (we sadly don't have AA in Denmark) and would definitely get in a few colors.. if only it came in an L. The medium is too small! And i normally wear medium in other brands. So let me buy it online! In a Medium.

Please AA.. make a size large for this... pleeeeease! Pretty Please.
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August 12, 2010
I am a pretty extreme hourglass, 38-27-41.5. The medium fits in the waist, but it rides up because it doesn't flare out enough at my low waist, which is 36 (yes, I have a 9 inch difference between my high and low waist xD) I love the cut on this, it doesn't show any pooch at all! I currently have it in the dark charcoal, if I can find the money, I will get the heather taupe next. But why does it have to be in such boring, formal, uniformish colors? I'd love this in some funky plaid, or a neon, or maybe even white so we can dye it ourselves?
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July 14, 2010
Beautiful skirt. I've given up on ever finding a L or XL and so have bought the medium which my friend's mother is going to alter so that it fits me.
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June 14, 2010
The skirt is divine - but please make it in a large! I'm 5ft 11 and 70kgs - wear size 12 in everything and your M is too small! Come on guys, I bet even curvier girls would love an XL as well
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June 4, 2010
Skirt got me laid, enough said. Amazingly cute. I'm 5'9" and 150lbs and the medium just fits, although I might move one of the buttons to make it a touch more comfy.
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June 2, 2010
Perfect for work or going out. XS fits super well... 5'2 and 98lb.
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May 20, 2010
Hot, but not salacious, so I can wear it to work or out on the week end. I got a compliment on the very first day I wore it when I teamed it with the AA black stirrup opaque pantyhose and black T bar low heels.

XS fits me great - I'm 1.52m and about 44kg.
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May 13, 2010
love the skirt. currently the med is much to big and the small is a bit snug. i guess it is the gym for me. but the skirt looks super cute on, esp with clingy tees. I amtrying to figure out how to style it w/o looking full on "school girl" or jailbait. Any suggesttions?
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March 9, 2010
I can't wait to buy this skirt! This is the skirt I've been waiting for years to get! I'm so excited and even though $60 is steep I'm willing to shell out the cash to get what I wants. Thanks American Apparel! You rock my world!
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February 15, 2010
This skirt is lovely and I like for my wife, she loves it also!
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December 16, 2009
it's so cute...AA, please make this in size large!!!!
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December 5, 2009
darling skirt...but the waist is tight enough so that the front doesnt hang straight enough down, in the medium i tried on in the store. please make this in a large!!!!
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November 29, 2009
The style and cut of this skirt is something I've been looking for for a long time. My only problem is that my waist is 29 inches and that the medium is just too snug for me to wear comfortably. I would definitely buy it if AA starts selling it in size large.
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November 22, 2009
I bought two, one in black and one in grey. Love the length and it's school girl look.
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November 7, 2009
Just bought this skirt in Dark Charcoal today in Medium. It's so cute :)

I'm 5'6 and 135lbs. It's very flattering, not too long and not too short on me. The waistband sits right on my natural waist and makes my waist look smaller! Perfect. I want another one in Navy.

It's expensive but really well made imo
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October 29, 2009
Love it! A little longer than I expected, I'm 5'5" and it just skims my knees, but extremely flattering and great fit
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October 7, 2009
I posted a second ago and said I wear large well actually it is a medium, sorry.
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October 7, 2009
I absolutely adore this skirt. I have the black one and the magical thing about it is that you can either dress it up or down. Just be careful of strong winds.... I am about 5'10 and 150 pounds and I wear the large. I also love that it ends at exactly the right place so it doesnt look like I am showing too much leg- just enough really.
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October 3, 2009
I got one in Heather Taupe, size M today (I'm 5'8", 134lbs, bottom heavy) and it looks WONDERFUL. This is easily one of the nicest pieces of clothing I've ever purchased from AA. Looks fabulous with a bodysuit and cardigan or with the short sleeve workshirt AA also sells.
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September 29, 2009
These look exactly like the kilts we wore for field hockey in high school. Get some in plaid!
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September 13, 2009
The skirt is great. They have to make it in larger sizes L - XL.
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September 3, 2009
I looove this skirt.
I got in in dark charcoal last week and it's so cute. It looks good with a v-neck tee, buttondown shirt, and a thin ribknit sweater. I usually wear a size 6 in clothing and got this in a medium. It's not snug - perfect fit.
5 billion stars!
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Imani Chew
August 31, 2009
this skirt is so awesome. I have an uniform and this skirt is the best i have found so far. It fits so well. and the flat front and the pleated sides and back make it so stylish. OH YEA!!!!!
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August 15, 2009
Like so many others on here I'd love to have this skirt but I'd need a large as I have a 31" waist.

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July 24, 2009
Love this skirt, very versatile.
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July 20, 2009

love this skirt. just wondering, why isnt it made in a LARGE?!

i'm not huge. a size 8 women's, and the M is a 1/2 inch too small. sad! im going to buy the medium and adjust the button placement.

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July 16, 2009
Definitely a very flattering length and a good fit - I'm impressed.
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July 15, 2009
I'm 5'1 and 93 lbs. The XS fit is perfect and the lines are extremely flattering. I had already purchased the dark charcoal schoolgirl skirt, and it was so fabulous that I came back for it again in navy blue! I'm happy to see that additional colors have been added. You won't regret this purchase.
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July 15, 2009
i got this skirt in a medium, im 5 feet 3 inches and 106 lbs.
the skirt falls about 2 inches or so above my waist, but the skirt is very durable, and when i do get taller, i'll be at a nice height!

very versitile, especially with a vintage sailor shirt, it looks adorable!

60 bucks, totally worth it! Im buying another!
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July 10, 2009
i'm french and i really love this skirt!! but i dunno which size i should get... I'm 5'9' and 130 lbs (in french 1m75 pour 58kg ) ... can somone help me?
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July 6, 2009
i'm 5'1. 100 lbs and 32 A chest. this skirt is terrific, very well made and durable. it looks so sleek and classic!
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June 19, 2009
This is a great skirt, but could you please add some spare buttons like you do on some of the shirts? That would help a lot for when a button goes missing.
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June 16, 2009
does anybody know what kind of tank-top it is that the model of the Heather Taupe colour is wearing? I really like the print but can't find it anywhere on the site, it must be somewhere?
Thanks everyone
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May 3, 2009
i bought this in the manchester store, its really really nice, £50 is quite steep but its versatile so :) im 125 points and 5'6 and i had to get it in an xs because i wanted dark charcoal and it was all they had, it fits well on my waist, i would recommend it, though my mum did say it looked like a netball skirt,
oh well ;)
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March 8, 2009
this skirt is an absolute must in a gurls wardrobe. i am a crossdresser and would love to have this skirt in my wardrobe but would need it in size large. why do you not make this in large. this is the perfect skirt to wear with a white satin or silk blouse and a nice pair of shiny silk panyhose or thigh highs.

Please make this skirt in large navy and red or green plaid.

Thanks for your time.

Vanessa xx
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March 2, 2009
I'm 5'11, please make this in large, please!! It's so cute but too small.
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February 21, 2009
love the skirt! worth every penny...
it has this vintage vibe everyone will love.
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February 13, 2009
xoxo —

try a small, otherwise the waist will probably be too big.
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February 1, 2009
wow. this skirt really is worth the price. well-made.

i'm 5'5, 130lbs, and a medium fits perfectly (worn at natural waist), lays flat (looks better than the pics show). hits right above the knee (not too short like i was afraid).
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February 1, 2009
does anyone have this that can comment on sizing? i'm 5'4, 115 lbs... medium large hips but a small waist, not sure whether to get S or M!
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January 30, 2009
how about a spring color? i bought this and wore it so much, my friends are asking to see it in a different color...lets make them happy
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January 19, 2009
I have been waiting for a skirt like this to come around for a long while. It's made really well, and looks as cute as in this picture.
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January 18, 2009
can i see some more views so i know if i like the whole skirt not only the side?
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January 17, 2009
Looks like this skirt is getting a fan club! I'm joining it! So adorable!!!
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January 13, 2009
Any chance in plaid, navy, or any other color? This fits so nice, actually looks just like in the photo of the model.
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Rob B!!!!!
January 12, 2009
i love it
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January 11, 2009
I just got this, and I love it! Any chance we can it in schoolgirl plaid? I've seen some recent fashion mags featuring plaid, and this skirt would be a hit, I know! btw...love this model's sexy school girl look!
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January 10, 2009
This schoolgirl skirt is so amazingly adorable! I love the model's pose also, makes the skirt look really sexy!
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January 7, 2009
Try it backwards! It's super cute!
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January 3, 2009
Love this skirt!

Agree: make it in Navy!

& NO! it does not pooch out on the top like the picture might suggest, I think it's just the twisting of the model's torso that makes it look that way.

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December 29, 2008
OOOOhh! This is the cutest school girl! and the skirt is adorable also!
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December 27, 2008
Okay, so I go to a private school, and this skirt is within dress code...i think.
How long is this skirt?
and i noticed that on the model, it like pooches out at the top, is it just the way she is wearing it. or does it actually do that?

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December 24, 2008
Please make navy!! Love this skirt - looks so cute on everyone who I've seen in it.
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December 23, 2008
Get larger sizes!
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December 22, 2008
I got a sample of this an adore it! The construction is surprisingly detailed and the fit is great!

Looks great with black thigh highs.
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December 20, 2008
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December 19, 2008
This is adorable! Going to get mine for school, work AND play :)
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December 18, 2008
Sexy classy cool. Very nice. I'd love to see a nice pair of female legs in this skirt.
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