How do I know my vintage size?

Standardised measurements of clothing have altered over the years. Please do not be put off by the sizing label on vintage garments; this will most likely be completely different to today’s sizing and could be the perfect fit! Most modern clothing is cut loose. For example, if you have a 40″ chest you should look for garments that have a 40″ chest (or larger if you require a looser fit). We suggest you measure yourself to find out your size. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your chest/bust. This is usually just under the armpit. Most people find they need to buy at least one vintage size “bigger” than what they currently wear.

Below is our size chart. So you need to compare your measurements to determine what size vintage you should be buying.

We use two different types of measurements:

Body measurements (Chest and Bust): We suggest you measure yourself to find out your size. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your chest/bust. This is usually just under the armpit. Measured across the chest from armpit seam to armpit seam and then that length is doubled. Sometimes we will give you the actual seam-to-seam measurement and then the recommended size.

Garment measurements: These are the actual measurement of the garment.

Tribeur Women’s Size Guideline
UK 6 8-10 12-14
INCHES CM INCHES CM INCHES CM
Bust 31 78 32-34 81-86 36-38 96.5
Waist 23 60.5 24-26 63-68 28-30 75
Hips 33 86 34-36 88-93 38-40 101.5

JACKETS

Body Measurements: These are an approximation of the body measurement that the garment should fit.

  • Chest and Bust – Measured by wrapping the tape around the fullest part of your Chest/Bust. 

Garment Measurements: These are the actual measurement of the garment.

  • Length – Measured from collar or top of shoulder to the hem of the garment.
  • Sleeve Length – Measured from shoulder to cuff.
  • Shoulder – Measurement taken from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.

DRESSES

Body Measurements: These are an approximation of the body measurement that the garment should fit.

  • Bust – Measured by wrapping the tape around the fullest part of your Bust. 

Garment Measurements: These are the actual measurement of the garment.

  • Waist – Measured from the narrowest part of the waist, and then double this measurement for correct sizing.
  • Hips – Measured the fullest part of the hips, and then double this measurement for correct sizing.
  • Length – Measured from the highest point of the garment to the hem.

 

CONTEMPORARY BRANDS

Women’s Clothing Size Conversion
UK European
6 – 8 36
10 38
12 40
14 42

 

 

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