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Women's Department

Vintage Dresses, 1950s and Earlier

Vintage Dresses, 1960s through 1980s

Vintage Suits & Separates

A Designer's Collection

Vintage Lingerie

Outerwear

Handbags, Purses

Vintage Hats, Scarves, Gloves

Shoes, Belts; Coming Soon

Jewelry

Contemporary Apparel, Coming Soon

Men's Department

Vintage Men’s Neckwear & Ties

Housewares, Home Décor, coming soon

Sizing Tips

Ordering Information

Sizing and Fitting Tips

The graphic to the left shows where we measure items. We typically measure bust, waist, and hip with the garment layed flat on a table and flattened out. We do not stretch them out, unless the item is made of a stretch fabric. In that case, we will measure “unstretched to stretched” to give you an idea of the range of fit. Additionally, if a garment has substantial ease through the bustline, or is, e.g., a swimsuit with structured cups, we will measure around the inside of the item (if possible), since that gives a more accurate measurement. We will note in a listing if we’ve measured in any other way but the typical.

We highly recommend comparing a garment you already own and that’s similar in style to the one you’re considering as a guide to fit.  


Remember, you can always call or e-mail us with any questions regarding fit; we’ll do our best to assist you. And, our motto is: ‘Tis (usually) much better to take in than to let out!

Measurements

Vintage apparel dating from approximately the mid 1970s and earlier is not sized the same as modern clothing, and even after that time, sizing varies from maker to maker. Please keep that in mind when you shop for vintage clothing, and use a garment’s measurements to determine if it will fit you or not.

Fit

When determining fit, consider the undergarments you’ll wear with the item, and, if possible, take your measurements wearing those. When purchasing party or cocktail dresses, remember that these often require more structured undergarments than everyday wear. For example, you may need a strapless and/or longline bra, body shaper or waist cincher, girdle, etc. Also, in the past, ready-to-wear garments, women’s and men’s alike, were very often tailored to fit. So, if an item appears to be a “close” fit, but not an “exact” one, contact us to see if it can be altered. We’ll look at seam allowances and construction and let you know if we think it can be altered.

Also take into account style and fit “ease” when considering a garment for purchase. Fabrics that don’t stretch require you leave room for movement. Even some stretch fabrics need fit ease if they’re a heavier fabric or one that doesn’t stretch significantly. The style also is a guide as to how much room to leave for your body. A closely fitted sheath, for example, doesn’t require as much allowance as a shift style. And overcoats require quite a bit more room (for your body and the clothing you’ll be wearing under it).

Typically, for an average fitted to semi-fitted dress, we  recommend you allow the following ease over your own measurements: about 2½" to 3½" at the bust, 1"  to 2"  at the waist, and 3"  to 4"  at the hips. (Less for more fitted items, more for looser ones.) For outerwear, the recommended allowance is 4" to 6".

Ordering: You can place your order and pay for it online using our shopping cart, or order via e-mail if paying by check or money order. Any questions? Just e-mail us! Or phone us  at 717-870-3522, from

9 a.m.  to 5 p.m. EST.  Refer to this page for detailed information on ordering.