Remember that garments made in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s are quite different from the modern sizes run far smaller than today. When buying vintage clothes from decades pasts, it’s always a good idea to note the items measurements rather than relying on the numerical size. For example, a skirt from the 1950s with a size tag that reads 12 will often best fit a woman who’s a size 4 or 6 today.
BUST: Measure around the fullest part of the bust and back.
WAIST: Measure around the narrowest part of the waist.
HIPS: Measure around the fullest part of the hips.
LENGTH: Measure from the top of your shoulder.
Vintage Clothing Appraisal Key
MINT: Perfect, RARE
EXCELLENT: Noted minor flaws which do not compromise the item
GOOD: Noted minor flaws, repairable, wearable as purchased
FAIR: Numerous noted flaws, some significant, perhaps repairable but definitely able to be worn