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 adore this Pauline Trigere vintage dress! This is a versatile vintage dress that can be worn during the day or out for a less formal dinner. This long sleeve dress has a black window pane tonal patterned background that is covered with electric blue polka dots throughout. This great dress has shoulder pads for just enough structure without being too overwhelming. We love the box pleated skirt and the tie at the neck that can be worn as a bow or in a simple knot.
The dress closes with a back zipper and hook and eye. The fabric belt is the same material and pattern as the rest of the dress and it has a metal snap and 2 flat hook and eyes for closures.
Pauline Trigere made some of the nicest day dresses, in addition to her gorgeous evening dresses and suits.
We estimate this to fit a modern day size 10, but please use the measurements as a guide for the best fit.
Labels include Pauline Trigere, Union label and Made in USA from imported fabrics.
BUST: 42" WAIST: 30" HIPS: 44" (inner lining, otherwise free hip measurement) SLEEVE LENGTH: 22" SHOULDERS: 17" LENGTH FROM SHOULDERS TO WAIST: 17" LENGTH FROM WAIST TO HEM: 29" LENGTH: 45" LENGTH/WIDTH OF BELT: 37" x 2 5/8"
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.