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Measuring & Fit Guide

"I love a dress on your site, but since you don't give an actual size, how do I know it will fit me?"


When buying vintage (especially online), BEWARE OF SIZE NUMBERS! It can be difficult to find clothing that will fit by using one number to determine your size because sizing varies across different manufacturers and eras. The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours. Vintage dress and pant size guide measurement chart

 

We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:


DRESSES PANTS

BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.  

Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements

WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.

LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement. RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso,  and then a waist down measurement. INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.

SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve.  When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**



*Keep in mind that fabrics with stretch will have some give and if that give is substantial, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.

**Remember that with dolman sleeves, the measuring can be trickier because there is no shoulder seam - it can also be more difficult to measure the bust because of the way it seamlessly joins the sleeve.

Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave

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