The size on the label of a vintage garment isn't always accurate by today's standards since sizing has changed over time. To make things easier we measure every garment and note the size it fits like based on the chart below:
The best way to tell how something will fit is to: 1) compare your measurements with the measurements of the garment and 2) compare the garment's measurements with the measurements of a similar piece of clothing that you already own. We recommend using a soft tailor's measuring tape (you can order one for a few dollars online).
If you don't know your measurements it's easy to take them: measure around the fullest part of your bust while wearing a bra (if you normally wear one), around the narrowest part of your waist (usually right around your belly button), and around the fullest part of your hips. Do this with only undergarments on and pull the tape measure slightly snug.
Remember that since the measurements listed for each item refer to the garment itself they should be slightly larger than your body measurements to allow for comfort and movement. We measure clothing as follows (lying flat and then doubled for circumference where appropriate):
- Bust: across chest just below the armpit
- Waist: across the narrowest part of midsection (tops/dresses) or across the top edge of the back waistband pulled slightly taut (pants/skirts)
- Hips: across the fullest part of hips (about 8-10" below waist)
- Length: top of garment to hem at longest point
- Rise: center crotch seam to front waistband
- Inseam: inner leg from center crotch seam to hem
All of our items are hand-selected for quality and longevity. That said, they are vintage (at least 20 years old) and may show signs of age and wear. Any notable flaws are disclosed. Minor imperfections from normal wear add to the character of vintage pieces and may not always be noted. All items are washed with fragrance-free detergent and/or steam cleaned depending on fabric specifications.
Please note that due to variations among computer monitors the actual color of the item may vary slightly from what appears on your screen.