Sizes & Measurements

Vintage sizes differ greatly from modern sizes. As such, we've created a chart with estimations of how our vintage pieces would be measured by today's standards. While our chart provides an estimated modern size, we still recommend you use the listed measurements to ensure the most accurate fit.

If you have any specific questions pertaining to sizing or a particular fit, please feel free to contact us.

 

Vintage clothing size guide from Dalena Vintage

How to Take Measurements

Bust - Measure around your back, across your shoulder blades and under your arms at the fullest part of the bust. Be sure to keep the tape level with the ground and comfortably loose.

Waist - Measure around the slimmest part of your waist, usually at the belly button. Be sure to keep the tape level with the ground and comfortably loose. Do not hold your breath or suck your stomach in.

Hips - Measure around the widest part of your hips and buttocks. This is typically about 7 to 9 inches below your natural waist. Be sure to keep the tape level with the ground and comfortably loose.

Dress Length - Measure from the center of your shoulder down the length of your back. Stand straight with your heels together and be sure to keep the tape level with the ground.


Consider Taking Your Vintage to a Seamstress

Vintage garments tend to fit more closely to the body especially pieces from the 1960's and earlier. Often times, dresses were tailored to get a perfect fit for each woman. Because of this desire for a structured look, many vintage garments have extra fabric in the seams where a dress can either be let out or taken in. If you see a piece you look but think the measurements may be off a bit, consider having it  altered to fit your body. Don't hesitate to ask if a garment has extra fabric in the seams, we're happy to check for you!