SIZING & MEASUREMENTS

All the actual measurements given on the site refer to the measurements of the garment and not the size it will fit.

the best way of checking if an item will fit is to measure a similar garment you have which fits well and compare the measurements. see below for details of where to take the measurements.

if we state that an item is labelled "to fit xx" / XXcm"
please check this against your own measurements.

ladies' clothing

When we give the bust measurement on an item it is measured directly at the top of the side seams (armpit to armpit) laid flat, then the measurement is doubled, giving the circumference.

If you don't have a similar garment to measure please consider that items generally measure a little wider at that point than the actual bust measurement. You should deduct approximately 1" / 2.5 cm from this to arrive at the measurement around the bust. You will also need at least  2" / 5 cm "ease of fit" in the garment, which you should also deduct. You can check the result against your own measurements. For example if an item has an actual bust measurement of 39" / 99 cm, that should fit bust 36" / 91.5 cm. If the fabric is indicated as being stretchy then you can generally get away with less "ease of fit" depending on how tight you prefer your clothing to be. Please note that we still recommend that you measure something similar, the above method is intended as a rough guide only.

as you will probably appreciate it is very difficult to attribute modern clothing sizes to vintage garments, especially if they do not have any sizing information on the label and modern sizes seem to vary from shop to shop. However the modern size chart provided below may be of some help, although I can't guarantee accuracy.

u.k. size 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
U.S. SIZE 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22
TO FIT
BUST
81cm
(32")
85cm
(33.5")
89cm
(35")
93cm
(36.5")
97cm
(38")
102cm
(40")
107cm
(42")
112cm
(44")
117cm
(46")
TO FIT
WAIST
64cm
(25")
69cm
(27")
72cm
(28.5")
76cm
(30")
80cm
(31.5")
86cm
(34")
91cm
(36")
98cm
(38.5")
104cm
(41")
TO FIT
HIPS
89cm
(35")
93cm
(36.5")
95cm
(37.5")
100cm
(39.5")
104cm
(41")
108cm
(42.5")
113cm
(44.5")
118cm
(46.5")
123cm
(48.5")

As a guide vintage sizes tend to be one size smaller than modern sizes.

FOR COATS AND JACKETS ALLOW MORE "EASE OF FIT" TO ALLOW FOR YOUR (WINTER) CLOTHING UNDERNEATH.
The length of garments are measured from the base of the neck to the hem along the centre back. If the garment has a high neck this is not measured. If the garment is cut lower than the base of the neck at the back the measurement is given from the natural neck-line of the wearer, not from the top of the back of the item.
If no waist size is given on an item the measurement is of the actual waist band, you may need to check this measurement against something of your own which fits. Other measurements such as inside leg, sleeve length, bottom width etc are the actual garment measurements unless quoted from the label as "to fit".


MEN's clothing

When we give the chest measurement on an item it is measured directly at the top of the side seams (armpit to armpit) laid flat, then the measurement is doubled, giving the circumference. 

When we give the waist or hip band (if hipsters) measurement of trousers that is the top band laid flat measured and doubled.

If you don't have a similar garment to measure please consider that items generally measure a little wider at that point than the actual chest measurement. You should deduct approximately 1" / 2.5 cm from this to arrive at the measurement around the chest. You will also need at least  2" / 5 cm "ease of fit" in the garment, which you should also deduct. You can check the result against your own measurements. For example if an item has an actual chest measurement of 45" / 114 cm, that should fit chest 42" / 106.5 cm. If the fabric is indicated as being stretchy then you can generally get away with less "ease of fit" depending on how tight you prefer your clothing to be. Please note that we still recommend that you measure something similar, the above method is intended as a rough guide only.

FOR COATS AND JACKETS ALLOW MORE "EASE OF FIT" TO ALLOW FOR YOUR (WINTER) CLOTHING UNDERNEATH.

The length of garments are measured from the base of the neck to the hem along the centre back. If the garment has a high neck or collar this is not measured.

Collar sizes and chest sizes have not changed so you should be able to rely on the collar sizes and chest sizes if they are quoted from the garment label. If no collar size is labelled we measure the collar from the centre of the button to the centre of the button hole. If no waist size is given on an item the measurement is of the actual waist band, you may need to check this measurement against something of your own which fits. Other measurements such as inside leg, sleeve length, bottom width etc are the actual garment measurements unless quoted from the label as "to fit". Please note that fitted shirts will be a more snug fit than unfitted shirts.


shoes

Shoes are are very difficult to attribute a size to accurately if no size is given. We always quote all available labelling information on shoes. We will also state that sizes are a vintage size where appropriate (this is generally a size smaller than modern sizes). We always give full and accurate measurements and, as ever, the best way to check is to measure a similar style shoe which fits (not your feet) and compare measurements, remember to allow for particularly narrow-toed styles. Or you could measure your feet and allow extra for comfort and ease of fit.

Please also note that vintage clothes were designed and cut to fit to wearer well, unlike most modern clothes which are often intended to be loose fitting. If you expect a modern fit, go larger.

IF YOU ARE UNSURE PLEASE FOLLOW OUR ADVICE AND MEASURE A SIMILAR GARMENT WHICH FITS  AS WE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF AN ITEM DOES NOT FIT BECAUSE YOU DID NOT DO SO.

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