Buying vintage can be tricky business when it comes to sizing. This is because items were often made of less stretchy fabrics than our modern-yoga-pant-wearing bodies are used to. Sizing widely varies from decade to decade and brand to brand. Often items pre-1970's are a lot smaller than today's standards, so it's best to go by the measurements provided. Keep in mind our "Estimated fit" is just our own estimate based on the measurements.
HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF
You can to measure your body or a similar clothing item you already own to get the best idea of fit when shopping online. A flexible sewing tape measure is your best friend and they're often available at most dollar stores! We go by inches in all our listings. You can Google a conversion if you're used to centimeters. Please note if we give a range, example 32 - 36" that means the item has stretch and can accommodate multiple sizes. Here's our How To Guide:
With a slip or regular tshirt bra on, wrap the tape behind your under arms across the back forward to the center for your chest, to the fullest part. On clothing, we go from armpit seam to armpit seam with the garment laying flat.
Take tape measure around the smallest part of your waist. Your natural waist is usually just above your belly button line. Make sure you are not pulling the tape measure too tight or too loose. Your stomach should be relaxed. On clothing, we measure the smallest part of the waist we see.
Measure around the widest part of your hips, approximately 7 inches or so down from your natural waistline. Same for clothing, laid flat.
In front of a mirror, stand with the tape measure at the top of your shoulder. This will give you an idea of how long a dress or coat will sit on you. On clothing, we measure from the shoulder point to the hemline.
We take great care to source the rarest, most rad and wearable vintage. We also spend time cleaning and restoring our pieces for you to enjoy. However, vintage means previously used, as in it's live another life before finding it's way into our hands (and eventually your closet)! Please check out our FAQ's page where we answer frequently asked questions we get regarding vintage. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have before ordering.
Deadstock: Vintage that still has it's original tags, as in it sat in someone's closet for years and was never worn!
Mint: Virtually no wear, mostly refers to vintage that looks like it's never been worn and has no flaws.
Excellent: Expected signs of wear with consideration of an item's age, but any flaws would be considered minor and less visible.
Very Good: Shows normal signs of wear, expected for age with some visible problems but will not detract from wear.
Good: Garment has shown major signs of wear but is overall intact and still a collectible. Could use mending and/or cleaning.
Please keep in mind that in most cases, vintage is pre-worn, and as a result pieces will show some minor wear. Gemini Rising assesses each piece and we do our best to disclose all minor flaws that might be associated with each garment within the description of the item.