The fabric is good, thick and very stretchy, and I could have sized down but will stick with the M and wear it lower down. A smaller size would have been waist high and shorter, which would have been great but this will also be ok as a lower rise longer length but still short skirt. Killstar skirt sizes are not consistant. The black chain is detachable, nice that it's black for a change from silver. Very pleased with the skirt. If in doubt of sizes I would recommend go down a size. Fast free delivery, thankyou Kate's Clothing.