Due to the nature of vintage clothing, we recommend purchasing one size up from your regular size.
This is because fashion sizing around the world was not standardised for mass production until very late in the 1950’s, so any size labels will vary from our modern day size guides. If the artwork was bespoke or predates 1960 there will most likely be no label at all - which leaves us to make an educated best-guess as to the size. General wear and washing of garments over time may also alter the size label from the actual size.
In all cases, we are happy to help and make suggestions for the best fit and your best look. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance prior to purchase.
Bust: Measure around the fullest part of your bust.
Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your torso.
Low Hip: With your feet together measure around the fullest part of your hips/rear.
|Size||NZ sizing||US sizing||Bust (cm)||Waist (cm)||Low Hip (cm)|
|XXS||4||2||32||24 - 25||33 - 34|
|XS||8||4||34 - 35||26 - 27||35 - 26|
|S||10||6||36 - 37||28 - 29||38 - 40|
|M||12||8||38 - 29||30 - 31||42 - 44|
|L||14||10||40 - 41||32 - 33||45 - 47|
|XL||16||12||42 - 43||34 - 35||48 - 50|
A personal note on sizing: In the store, I often sell things to people that think they are a size 16 and in fact they are a vintage 14. This is often because vintage clothing is often ‘fitted’ and designed to enhance and skim your lovely figure rather to be worn loose on the body - unless it is a Kaftan of course! Fast Fashion sizing is generally what most people use when shopping nowadays. If the item has a label I will use the size as the ‘top’ size guide. Often the garments are a bit smaller by one or two sizes than the NZ sizing depending on the age of garment.