Since sizing has changed over time, the original tag size of a vintage garment isn't always a good indicator fit. To make things easier, we measure each garment and then assign it with a modern size based on the chart below:
The very best way to tell how something will fit is to: 1) compare your measurements to 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.
If you don't know your exact 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 snug.
Remember that the measurements provided for each item refer to the garment itself, so they should be slightly larger than your body measurements to allow for comfort, flexibility and movement. Garment measurements are taken with the item lying flat and are doubled for circumference where appropriate. We measure clothing as follows:
- BUST: across chest just below the armpit
- WAIST: across the smallest part of midsection (tops, dresses) or across the back waistband (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: center crotch seam to hem along inner leg
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 will be disclosed. If no specific condition notes are listed it's safe to assume the item is in excellent condition and free from any stains, holes or other damage. Minor imperfections from normal wear add to the character of vintage pieces and may not always be noted. All items have been washed 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.