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
We are so obsessed with this vintage 1997 Chanel navy blue bouclé wool blend jacket with red embroidered trim and a matching pleated mini skirt. This iconic skirt suit was designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the Fall Winter 1997 Chanel collection.
If you don't wear skirts, don't let suits scare you! Just wear the jacket with a pair of jeans or navy blue trousers! We price our suits mainly for the value of the jackets so the skirts are basically free, but with this Chanel ensemble, the skirt is so fabulous, we know the buyer would want to have it! We have documented the outfit on the runway and in a Chanel fashion advertisement in Vogue magazine.
The jacket has shoulders that are structured with pointed shoulder pads and the shoulder seams are undefined. The signature Chanel chain is found at the hem, and there are several seams and darts along the jacket to give it a seamless and sculpted silhouette. There are two shallow side pockets that are still sewn closed and a CC metal zipper pull along the center front opening. The sleeves are slightly cropped and there is a branded CC metal detail on the sleeve.
The mini skirt has a narrow waistband with a back metal zipper with CC branded metal button that is also on the front of the waistband and matches the sleeve button. There are darts along the front and back side seams and the suit is fully lined in monogrammed CC navy silk fabric.
The style number of this suit is: P09658V05945. Made in France of 88% Wool and 12% Nylon with 95% Silk and 5% Lycra lining. The jacket is labeled FR 38 and the skirt is labeled FR 36, but we estimate the jacket would best fit a 4/6 and the skirt would best fit a modern size 2/4 with narrow hips.
SLEEVE LENGTH: 21" (from end of shoulder pad)
SHOULDERS: 17" approx
LENGTH FROM NAPE OF NECK: 25"
LENGTH: 16 1/2"
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.