All items in our store are one-off pieces in only one size.
Standardised measurements of clothing have changed over the years. Please do not be put off by the sizing label on vintage garments; it might be different to today’s sizing and the item could still be the perfect fit!
We measure the actual size of the garment
- For topwear, the garment measurement is likely to be bigger than your actual body measurement as many garments are not designed to fit tightly to your body.
- For bottomwear we measure the waistband all the way around. This should match your actual waist measurement.
We suggest you measure yourself to find out your size
- Chest/bust: Wrap the tape around the widest part of your chest/bust. This is usually just under the armpit. Measure all the way around in centimeters.
- Sleeve Length: the length of the garment’s sleeve, from shoulder to end of cuff
- Waist: Wrap the tape around your body at the point at which you normally wear your jeans or trousers. The garment you want to buy should have the same waist measurement.
Alternatively, find a bottomwear garment you own which fits you well. Lay it flat and measure straight across the top. Double this amount to get the full waist measurement. The garment you want to buy should have the same waist measurement.
- Leg Length: Measure from the top of the inside leg to the hem.
- Total Length: the length of the garment from the top (including any straps) to the bottom of the hem
Our Vintage Care Tips
Washing clothes is a controversial subject in vintage. People endlessly debate the merits and dangers of washing vs. dry cleaning, however, here are our tips:
- Always hand wash pre 1960s vintage, rather than machine washing and drying it. If you are really concerned, as the fabric is very old or delicate, consider not washing it at all: a good airing can often work just as well for removing odour without damaging the garment.
- To keep your precious clothes in good condition, wash them less. Repeated, vigorous washing can damage the fibres of vintage clothes (and new clothes too). Washing (machine-washable) clothes at 30 instead of 60 degrees will also prolong their life, and is much more eco-friendly too.
- Never wash embroidered silks or satins, ever!
- If you want to dry clean specialty vintage items that are durable enough for it, then use a reputable dry cleaner that you can build up a relationship of trust with. There’s nothing more stressful than leaving your special finds in the hands of strangers. It’s good to use someone that you trust to know what’s best for your clothes and will take as much care of them as you would.
- If you’re unsure, you can get dry cleaner cloths for home use, in your own dryer. You can clean up to six items with one cloth.
- With all vintage clothing and shoes, try not to wear the item two days in a row without airing it. This will give it time to breathe and will restore it for the next wear.