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Shirts- most important is to measure your chest. Then shoulders, sleeves, and length.
Pants- most important is to measure your waist. Then hips, inseam, and rise.
Below is our size chart. We use the measurements below to mark the size on our items. So you need to compare your measurements to determine what size vintage you should be buying.
You MUST look at ALL the measurements given for an item to ensure a good fit! Click on the item you want to see for the full description, more photos and all the measurements.
Measured across the chest from armpit seam to armpit seam and then that length is doubled. I always leave a little "breathing room" so the tape measure is actually placed about 1/2" from the actual seam. (Y'know, so you can move your arms.)
Sometimes we will give you the actual seam to seam measurement and then the recommended size.
Measured from the side of the collar where it meets the shoulder seam down to the cuff. (I do NOT measure from the back of the collar.) I go from the collar/shoulder seam, over the shoulder and down the arm.
Measured from side to side and doubled, wherever the waist is on the item. (An example- an empire waist dress has a much higher waist than usual).
From the back of the collar (where the seam is), down the front, to the hem.
From shoulder seam to shoulder seam.
From crotch seam to cuff down the interior of the leg.
This is the length from waist to crotch seam.
From seam to seam and then doubled.
A) There was no uniform dress sizing. NEVER go by the vintage size!
B) 1950s & 60s dress waists were much narrower because the designers assumed the use of a girdle or corset- Women forced their bodies to fit the dresses.
C) MEN'S CLOTHING. Use your modern shirt or jacket as a rough guide only. Men's clothing today is cut much roomier.
You cannot assume that just because you wear a 44 jacket, you have a 44" chest. Please grab a tape measure.
D) A 70s suit should fit you snug & sexy. Think John Travolta in SNF and how tight those pants were.