A WORD ABOUT SIZING
Nope, we can't tell you what size this item is. Why? Because sizes don't mean much. After all, if you wear a 10, sometimes an 8 will work, other times a 12. It depends on the maker, the fabric, the cut. And then there's the dramatic changes in sizing over the decades. When it comes to buying vintage, size really doesn't matter!
Instead, we provide detailed measurements of each item, and place it into one of three fairly broad categories (small, medium, large). This allows you to narrow your choices to those items most likely to fit, and exclude those that almost certainly won't.
But then it's up to you to read the garment measurements we provide for each item.
Vintage isn't one-size-fits-all, and our items don't come in other sizes. They're one-of-a-kind, like you! To avoid disappointment and the hassle of returns... keep reading.
HOW DO I KNOW IF SOMETHING WILL FIT ME?
You can measure yourself or you can measure a similar item you already own that fits you well. Either way, you want to be accurate.
Measure Yourself (or ask a friend or tailor to do it) - Wear only your properly fitting undergarments. Stand up straight. No breath holding, pulling the tape tight, or kidding yourself. Relax. They're just numbers.
Bust: Measure around the fullest part of the breasts over a good-fitting bra. Be sure to keep the tape horizontal (not higher or lower in back). This is not your bra band size!
Ribs: Measure around, just under the breasts. This is important if an item is very fitted through the torso.
Bodice: Measure from the top of your shoulder and down over your bust to your natural waist.
Waist: Measure around the smallest part of your middle. Don't suck in your stomach or hold your breath. Your waist is about 1" above your bellybutton, not at or below it.
Hips: With legs together, measure around the fullest part of your bottom, about 8-9" below your waist.
Measure each area twice, just to be sure, and write it all down so you can refer to the numbers when you're shopping. Repeat the process if you lose or gain more than a few pounds, or at least every year.
When shopping using your body measurements, be sure the garment is an inch or two bigger than you are (this wiggle room is called "ease"), so you can move and breathe.
Measure Something You Already Own That Fits You Well - Simply measure your well-fitting garment the same way we do, as described below.
When shopping using your clothing's measurements, there's no need to add any extra room. Just match your numbers with our numbers for a good fit.
HOW WE MEASURE OUR GARMENTS
Clothing - Taken with garment lying flat and unstretched on a hard surface, as follows:
- shoulder: from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, at the very top of the garment (not across the middle back)
- bust: at widest point of chest, under armpits, and doubled -- does not necessarily include space for breasts created by any darts, which will be noted separately
- ribs: below the bust, at the top of the rib cage, where a bra band would sit, and doubled
- bodice: from top of shoulder, down front of garment to waistband (especially important if you have a short or long torso)
- sleeve: along the outer edge of the sleeve from shoulder seam to end of cuff
- waist: at the narrowest point, or, for loose-hanging garments, at the approximate natural waistline, and doubled
- hip: usually 8-9" below natural waist, and doubled
- length: from shoulder top to hem (shoulder to hem) on the front (or from nape of neck to hem on back, as noted)
- skirt length: from top of waistband to hem edge
- hem sweep: across bottom of fully-extended skirt and doubled
rise: from front waistband to crotch seam
- inseam: from crotch down inside of leg to hem edge
- length: on interior from tippy toe (where, in pointy shoes, no human toe actually reaches!) along insole to heel
- width: on interior across widest point of the ball of the foot
- heel height: at back of shoe from floor to top of heel, not including any platform
All Other Items - Measurements are taken as indicated in the item's description.
We're happy to help you determine if a particular item could potentially fit you. Just email or call us a at 404.934.2578.
One last bit of advice: If you love a particular item but the measurements are a bit off, keep in mind that most items can be altered to fit by a professional seamstress or tailor. Taking in a too-big item is usually easier and less expensive than letting out a too-small item.