I wanted to love this skirt but it has too much material, which causes two problems:1. I ordered it in size 12 and I am plus size. Yet, it is way too big for me.2. I have no bottom and no hips. Yet, it is way too big for me.***usually I am a size 12 in GAP and I wear a size 8 elastic waist in Thakoon Addition.I cannot imagine this skirt not making people look larger than they are actually are. There is just way way too much material even when belted. It's like a balloon.I think you will definitely need to wear a belt because of the draw string (the draw string is good since you can adjust it however).I thought about ordering the smaller size; however, I imagine the amount of material would not change all that much.My daughter says that "the way the pockets are positioned makes it look like an apron".