Standardised measurements of clothing have altered over the years. Please do not be put off by the sizing label on vintage garments; this will most likely be completely 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 inches.
The garment will probably measure more than your chest measurement. For example, if the garment measures 2 inches more than your body size, it will fit you quite tightly. Or if the garment measures 8 inches more than your body size it will be quite a loose fit.
Alternatively, find a topwear garment you own which has a fit you like. Lay it flat and measure straight across just under the armpit. Double this amount to get the full measurement. If the garment you want to buy has the same measurement, it will fit you in a similar way.
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.