|How to find
Sizes mean nothing!! One
manufacturer's size 8 is another one's 12. UK sizes look the
same as US, but they're not. Because US sizing has changed over
the years, finding your size in vintage clothing can be a
challenge. But armed with your accurate measurements, you can
decipher any sizing system.
What you'll need
- A cloth tape measure and a full length mirror. Take
measurements undressed or in lightweight clothes. Pull the tape
measure snug, but not too tight. Keep your arms at your side and
have a friend take the measurements, for the best results. And
don't slouch! Stand up nice and tall.
Measure around the shoulder blades, under the armpits and over
the fullest part of the bust.
Find your natural waistline and measure.
Measure the fullest part of the hip (usually about 7-9 inches
below the waist)
1. Wear a comfortable bra and measure the rib cage just below
the breast. If the number is 33 or less, add 5 inches to that
number and that is your bra size. Over 33 inches add 3 inches to
get you bra size. Both ways, rounding odd numbers up to even.
2. Then take measure the bust
around the fullest part. When you subtract the last number
(fullest part) by the among of your bra size, you'll come up
with a number used to determine cup size by using the chart
below (the A,B,C, etc. cup chart) For example if your bra size
was 36 and your cup measurement was 38, the difference is 2" so
you would wear a 36B.
Use this chart:
AA = 1/2"
A = 1"
B = 2"
C = 3"
D = 4"
DD or E = 5"
F = 6"
G = 7"
Measure above the ears about 1/2" around the forehead.
With hand partially closed, measure over the knuckles, around
the hand, excluding the thumb.
-UK sizes may seem the same as U.S. women's, but are generally
about a size smaller (a U.S. 8 is about a UK 10) To find your
European size, you can add 30 to your size. A U.S. 6 is a Euro
36. Always refer to size charts for fit!
-When buying vintage clothing, be
aware that the sizes have changed drastically over the years.
Consult Vintage Vixen for good vintage sizing tips.
-If it's cotton, it's going to
shrink. Add anywhere from 1/3" to 3/4" extra to compensate. Some
makers count potential shrinkage into the size already. When in
doubt -- ask a customer service person.
-Many manufacturers or stores may
have their own special fit and size tips. It's a good idea to
consult any additional information.
-Get a great tailor, because no
matter how closely you order your size, it's still not custom