I typically wear size 27 in COH but ordered this skirt in size 26. It hits me about 2" below the navel wich is comfortable for me. The actual waist of the skirt measures 32". The denim is very soft and lightweight, but still seems durable. My 26 skirt measures 40" in length [front] and is longer in the back; approx. 43". The back has a bustle effect with a slight train that brushes the floor on me...I'm 5'10". I love the vintage look and hippie-princess vibe. I am still trying to figure out how many times I will wear this skirt to justify the price.