Vintage Condition Key

On each product page we provide a key to the condition of the item. This page explains how we rate the item.

Vintage Condition Key Guide

GOOD: in wearable condition but shows signs of wear such as bobbling and pulls to the material or scuffing and stains (to shoes and bags) Any faults will be mentioned in the item description.

VERY GOOD: Only moderate signs of wear as noted above, but not really visible.

EXCELLENT: Near mint clothing which has been worn but is in near perfect condition with very little visible signs of wear or none at all. often this will include clothing which has never been worn and is complete with tags, but which has staining due to shop soiling. These stains are often only superficial and will wash out easily.

MINT: A brand new, unused item, often with its original store tags from that specific era. Please note, we do not launder items which are new and complete with original tags, but a simple wash will freshen them up.

Size Guide

Please note:

  • Measurements are taken ACROSS with the garment laid flat. If measuring around yourself, remember to double our sizes, leaving enough room for ease of movement. Or measure across a garment you currently own to see how the sizes compare.
  • Our mannequin is a UK Size 8.
  • Occasionally much larger items will be pinned on our size 8 model to show the fit on a human body. Always check measurements to be certain.
  • All measurements are approximate and stated in inches.
  • Vintage sizes come up smaller than modern equivalents. Therefore go by the ‘Fits as’ size rather than the vintage label size.

We try to measure clothes as accurately as possible as vintage clothing often differs in size to modern day clothing, or, in many cases, the labels are too faded and therefore the sizing illegible, or the garment has no labels at all. The most common problem is finding that garments are smaller than what you are used to, or in some cases, even too large.

For this reason, not only do we state approximate measurements, we also state the general estimated modern day size equivalent to ensure a perfect fit. For example, if you are a modern day UK size 10, use our size filter on the left of the page to find all UK size 10 items. If measuring yourself with a tape measure, remember to leave a small amount of room when comparing with our measurements for comfortable movement of the garment when worn.  If unsure, we advise you to compare our measurements to an item of your own clothing or mentally compare the fit of the item on our UK size 8 mannequin to yourself.

Vintage size guide clothing measurements

Vintage Shirts/ T-Shirts/ Tops/ Jumpers/ Coats/ Jackets
The chest is measured just below the underarm, the length from the back of the collar/top of shoulder to the hem and the sleeve from the shoulder to the cuff.

Vintage Dresses
The chest is measured just below the underarm, the waist at the narrowest part of the dress, and for fitted garments, the hip is measured across the fullest part. We do not always state the hip measurement for loose fitting dresses as the size is usually free. For tight fitting dresses, the hips are measured at the widest part of the dress. The length is measured from the back of the collar/top of shoulder to the hem.

Vintage Skirts
The waist is measured across the waistband and the hips across the widest part of the skirt. The length is from the waistband to the hem. Please be aware of the length when worn depending on whether the skirt is highwaisted or rests lower on the hips.

Vintage Bottoms/ Shorts/ Playsuits/ Jumpsuits
We measure across the waistband for the waist measurement and then measure the length from the waistband to the hem. The hips are measured at the widest point. For playsuits and jumpsuits, the length from collar/top of shoulder to crotch will also be stated to ensure a fit for the length of the body.

Vintage Shoes/ Boots
We measure the length from the heel to the toe (If measuring your feet, allow extra room for movement when comparing sizes), the width across the widest part of the toes, the heel height from top to bottom, and for boots, the circumference of the widest part of the calf.

Vintage Bags
We measure the length across the bag to the widest part, the height from top to bottom, excluding the handles, and then the width of the side of the bag when opened to its full extent. We then state the length of the handles measured around separately. Adjustable straps are measured at their longest length.