This guide is to explain how we measure our items. Sizes vary greatly between designer brands, and shape and proportions have changed across the decades. Therefore, the size labels in our garments (if present) may differ from the actual sizes we list. We measure each garment carefully and size it as accurately as we can to a modern size guide.
For the best fit we recommend taking a similar garment from your current wardrobe that fits you well and using the methods we have set out below, measure it and then compare it to the item that has caught your eye on our website.
How we size and measure our clothes:
The chest measurement is the circumference taken from around the fullest part of the bust line. We usually measure the front flat, armhole to armhole and then double it.
The waist measurement is taken from the narrowest part of the waist where-as the hip measurement is from the fullest part.
Entire length is measured from back neck to the dress hemline.
The waist measurement is taken by measuring across the flat waistband and doubling it. If the skirt has a high waist or is very fitted we may add a hip measurement taken from the widest part of the hip.
Skirt length is measured from the waistband to hem.
Tops, Jackets and Coats:
The chest is measured by taking the width of the flat garment armhole to armhole and doubling it. For example, if a shirt measured 22 inches across, it would be a 44 inch chest.
Garment length is measured from the back neck to the hem.
if you are measuring yourself, you will need to allow a bit of ‘ease’ for comfort when comparing to a garment measurement.