Saturday, May 16, 2015


Fashion garments that are more than 20 years old are sized differently than the clothes we buy and wear today. Understanding current fashion sizes and measurements can help when shopping for vintage fashion in your size.

Here is a new updated modern commercial size chart that I developed from several top websites using both inches and centimeters (inches/centimeters). You can use this chart in several ways:

1) Check your own measurements with this chart to see your standard size in modern fashion.
2) Look up your current size, and find the measurement range, then take your own measurements to be sure.
3) If you are selling vintage or creating new fashion items, use this chart when you list it so your customers can find their own size.

Use this chart to see if a vintage fashion is close to your size, but remember these rules:

RULE #1: Always add wearing ease. What is this?
Have enough extra 'wiggle room' in the garment so you can move and breathe!
Be sure that it is at least 2" or more larger in the bust than your own bust line and 4" or more larger in the hips than your own hip line.

RULE #2: Measure your own vintage fashions that fit best, and
use those garment measurements as a guide when shopping for similar fashions online.

RULE #3: Measure yourself so you,
know your own body measurements

Need to Measure yourself? Use this website to see how it's done:

A few things to expect when shopping for vintage:

**Our waistlines are bigger, so if this is you:
Expect vintage waistlines to be 'too small' in the waist if they don't have elastic stretch.
(You can let out back darts in most styles for a bit more waistline room) and shop by your WAIST measurement to find a good fit.

**Our Bustline and Back measurements are larger, so if this is you:
Expect bustlines to be tight even when the waistline and hips do fit and shop by your BUST measurement to find a good fit.

**Vintage fabric rarely stretches, so
Don't expect your vintage fashion to have more stretch room than it measures.

**Remember to wear foundation and undergarments suitable to the style, and you'll have that gorgeous vintage fashion for years to come!

(this is an update of a popular post on measurements and sizes for vintage shopping)

1 comment:

OnePerfectDay said...

This is such a great post, Jen!
Thank you so much for putting it all together and for sharing it!!