Vintage sizing guide

Sizing and measurements have changed over the years, but this does not mean that you cannot obtain a quality vintage garment that fits well.

Generally vintage labelling and sizing is on average a good one or two sizes smaller than the vintage label states (for example if a vintage label states size 14 often it is more likely to be a modern UK size 10 or 12) The fabric used may also impact on the garment’s unique and specific details. You also must take into consideration if the fabric has stretch (knitted) or is a (woven) fabric with no stretch. Often design detailing and style can also affect on the fit of the garment. I will always advise if the fabric is woven or stretch. As with all vintage pieces some items do not have specific labelling and sizing attached to the garment, this may be due to it being a handmade item of a specific decade or of a certain era where labelling was not a legal requirement. This can add to the unique character of the garment and form part of its original heritage. All items listed will have clear information about the quality of the item as all items have lived a pre-loved life.

I love to see the original vintage labels in garments, many are works of ‘art’ in their own right, and are links to the garment’s original vintage origins.

For all of Amermani’s attic vintage items I will always provide the garment measurements that are taken directly from the actual garment and not from the specific size on the garment labelling. This ensures that you can check all measurements specifically with your own body measurements ensuring that the item is right for your specific needs. All items will have an approx UK size added in the descriptions but as a guide only. Please ensure that you check your own body measurements carefully against the actual garment measurements provided prior to ordering to ensure the item meets your specific needs as I am unable to accept returns due to an item not fitting correctly.

All measurements will be provided in inches and refer to the circumference of the body for example if a Bust measurement taken from the actual garment measurements flat 16” pit to pit then it would be a 32” bust.

Let’s keep it real…. All measurements are taken flat directly from the actual garments and provided in Inches. see below for guidance.

  • Bust/Chest: measured from pit to pit.
  • Waist: measured at the narrowest part of the garment
  • Full hip: Measured at widest part of garment (approx. 22-25 cm down from the waist) can vary depending on specific style and design detailing.

As a general guide the below measurements will be provided plus any specific measurements that may form part of the garments design and finer detailing.

  • Dress Worn length: measured from top of shoulder to hem.
  • Skirt length: measured from top of waistband to hem.
  • Overarm: measured from shoulder seam to cuff
  • Jacket/coat worn length: measured from top of shoulder to hem.
  • Trousers /catsuits/shorts: inside leg measurements (from crotch to hem)
  • Capes/ponchos: shoulder to shoulder - measured at the widest point across the back of the garment.
  • Tops/shirts:  centre back length taken from neck seam to hem

I try to provide as much information as I can for each item in the item descriptions and listing and try to be as accurate as I can. Please do get in touch if you would like any help or advise on any aspects of vintage sizing or about any of the items listed as I am always happy to help. I love it when vintage pieces find their forever home’s and head off on new adventures. It is part of the Joy of sourcing one off unique vintage pieces.