| Due to improved diets our sizes have increased significantly over the last century and so it follows that sizing charts for today are not accurate for vintage clothing. Please check the measurements listed with the items. Please also be aware that vintage shoes were made narrower than todays counterparts.|
When you are buying vintage clothing it is essential that you know your measurements as sizes have changed over the years. If you are buying online the only way to ensure perfect fit when you can't try it on is to know your measurements. Measurements are taken from the outside of the item, with the garment laid flat.
Take measurements undressed or in lightweight clothes. Pull the tape measure snug, but not too tight. Remember to allow a little room for you to move! If possible, have a friend take the measurements for you.
Measure the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches below the waist)
This measurement is taken around the natural waistline.
Place the tape around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure the tape is taut but not tight.
Measure from the shoulder to bottom hem.
Measure above the ears about 1/2" around the forehead.
These were often narrower and about half a size smaller than todays' sizing.