I'm glad I purchased my regular size of size 6. I went back and forth about ordering a size 4 due to the reviews on the waist being so large. it is large but not LARGE-LARGE and the hips fit perfect. So the 4 wouldn't of fit my hips. Great for the tropics. I live in shorts so this sort of feels like I'm dressed up. Even 57 year olds like a short skirt--though it is just barely above my knee.