We offer a large selection of designers and manufacturers that span the 20th and early 21st century. Sizing varies greatly, so we have outlined our measuring and size estimating process.
The best way to know if a vintage item will fit you is to take a garment that fits you well, similar to the one you are interested in purchasing, and measure it the way we measure ours.
We lay all garments flat and measure as follows*:
BUST - under arm to under arm across the front and then double that measurement.
Measure the WAISTBAND, widest part of the HIPS, widest part of the THIGH on one leg and width of the CUFF, then double those measurements
WAIST - find the smallest part of the garment if there isn't an obvious seam for the waist and measure across and then double that measurement.
LENGTH - Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff along the side seam.
HIPS - Find the largest part of the hip area and measure flat, then double that measurement.
RISE - Measure from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
LENGTH - from the nape of the neck or the top of the shoulders, depending on the style of garment. We will measure to the waist when applicable, so that you can determine if it will fit your torso, and then a waist down measurement.
INSEAM - Measure from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff along the inside seam.
SLEEVES - measure from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve. When we think that the arm opening is particularly small, we will provide that measurement as well.**
*Fabrics with stretch will have some give, we will try to mention the range of measurements that will fit comfortably.
**With dolman sleeves, the size is an estimation based on the waist as the body seamlessly joins the sleeve.
Feel free to email us with specific questions about specific measurements that we may not have included that you need to know in order to feel confident about your purchase. If you have a particularly long torso, short legs, long arms, etc.. we can help you determine whether or not a garment will work for your body.SaveSaveSave
This is an absolutely gorgeous vintage Chanel lightweight black wool crepe dress with a simple matching bolero jacket. (The dress and bolero are a true black, a few of the photos have been lightened to show more detail).
The dress is from 1994 and can be worn with or without its bolero jacket. It is lined in black silk, and there is the signature Chanel Camellia flower sewn at the high neck. This turtleneck halter dress has an open back and beautiful CC logo buttons securing the neck and waistband in the back. The bolero is unlined and slightly sheer.
We love the asymmetrical hemline and the luxurious way the dress falls. The skirt has a lining, then two layers of sheer wool crepe. The bottom layer is short in the front where it opens, and long in the back. The top layer is short in the back where it opens, and long in front. This unique layering effect creates beautiful movement in the dress. The bolero has a cutaway fit and no closures, with a front opening that perfectly mimics the cut in neckline.
The dress has a back zipper at the waist. It is in excellent condition and was made in France. The label is Chanel Boutique from the 94C collection, style 2682. Labeled a size 36 and its a modern day US women's size 2/4 but please use the measurements as a guide.
LENGTH waist to longest point 35"
LENGTH from waist to shortest: 16"
In order to best determine fit, measure yourself or a garment that fits you well. Compare those measurements to those on the item description.
All of our pieces have been professionally cleaned and arrive ready to wear.