If you have ever shopped for women's clothing, you already know that sizing today can be wildly inconsistent between brands. This also applies to buying vintage, as standard sizing has changed many times over the decades. Therefore, it is important to know your body measurements when purchasing vintage garments online.
We provide careful measurements of all of our products in addition to a general sizing guideline and any sizing information provided on the item in order to ensure that you are confident in your purchase. Please keep in mind that vintage clothing often has more tailored cuts, whereas modern clothing is typically cut more loosely to fit a wider variety of body types. Please allow some room for ease of movement if you prefer a looser cut.
General Sizing Guideline
Measuring Your Body
Use a soft measuring tape. These are inexpensive can be found at any fabric store and most chain stores carrying home goods.
- BUST: Measure around the fullest part of your bust while wearing a bra. This is typically just under your armpit.
- UNDERBUST: Measure around the widest part of your ribcage, under your bust. This measurement is used for items like dresses with empire waistlines.
- WAIST: Measure the slimmest part of your waist at its natural curve. The vast majority of garments that we sell will sit at your natural waistline.
- HIP: Measure the fullest part of your hips, which is typically about 8-9 inches below your natural waistline.
- BODICE: This is the measurement from your shoulder to waistline. Measure from where a shoulder seam would be located to your natural waist.
- LENGTH: We measure length from the shoulder seam to hem. Measure again from the shoulder seam to where the hem should stop.