Choosing your Size
When you get your 50’s or 60’s vintage purchase don’t be alarmed if the label size is showing around 3-4 sizes bigger than an item you would normally buy from a high street shop. Clothes from the past were sized differently and women were much slimmer in the 50s and 60’s, so a size 12 dress today would be the equivalent of a size 20 dress in 1958.
So let’s start from scratch!
This is how we measure our vintage garments!
Sizes for vintage items are shown in centimetres and are measured as follows:
(Round the widest part of the bust area and under the arms)
(Round the centre and narrowest part of the clothes item)
(We add hip sizes to a dress or skirt that might be fitted)
(From top of shoulders to bottom of hem)
First measure yourself before choosing and buying an item
Measure your own body first, but then decide if you want a tight fitted look or a looser shape that doesn’t hug your body. You need room to move so look at around 2-4cm larger around the chest and waist and if you want a looser shape try and buy an item that’s at least 4-8cm larger than your own measurements.
A lot of the looks in the 50’s and 60’s were shaped and fitted but you need to decide how comfortable you will feel with such a fitted item.
For items like the kaftans and some of the looser fitted shirts and jackets, we would recommend you buy an item that is much bigger than your own chest measurements as these are meant to have a loose fit.
Another good idea is to measure your own favourite dress, skirt, top or jacket and work from those measurements by choosing a vintage item that is the closest to your own.
To measure a garment lay it flat on a firm surface and use a quality fibreglass tape measure.