Condition and Size Guide

When buying vintage clothes it is important to remember that these much-loved garments  have had a previous life and it is more than likely that they will show some signs of wear. We check each item carefully and do not sell any items that we would not be happy to wear ourselves.  All of our garments are in  good to mint condition. Some of the prom dresses may have small repairs to the netting as it is almost impossible to find them in mint condition. We will always complete any necessary repairs before listing a garment. We will include a detailed description of any noticeable flaws but may not list minor flaws which, in our opinion, do not detract from the garment.  All vintage dresses will be supplied dry-cleaned and ready to wear.

Condition

The following grading system is used to describe vintage garments on our website:

  • Mint:  Pristine condition. Looks like it may never have been worn and original garment tags may still be attached.
  • Excellent: Shows normal wear expected for age, but nothing very visible.
  • Very good: Wearable with some flaws such as minor stains or structural flaws which do not detract from the garment. Flaws will be listed in the item description.
  • Good: Wearable but with some obvious flaws which may have been repaired. Flaws will be listed and the price discounted accordingly.

Please contact us if you require additional pictures or information before purchasing.

Size Guide

Sizing of vintage garments varies greatly from the sizes we are familiar with today. When buying vintage it is important to know your own measurements and purchase accordingly.  The measurements listed on our website are the measurements of the actual dress which we then match and list as closely as possible to today’s equivalent.

If in doubt about sizing it’s always best to buy bigger than you think you need.  Invariably your vintage dress may need some tweaks to make it fit perfectly and it is much easier to take a dress in than to have to let it out. You may need to find a good local seamstress to make alterations for you.  Please bear in mind that on our vintage dresses we list the size of the actual dress and you will need to make an allowance for ease to ensure it fits comfortably. Strapless styles however, need to fit snugly across the bust to stay up!

We list bust and waist measurements, hip measurements when necessary, and length from underarm to hem. Please note that you must measure around the fullest part of your bust to gain the bust measurement – this is not the same as your bra size. The waist measurement refers to the narrowest part of your waist and hips should be measured at the fullest part – usually 7 inches below the waist.

The chart below illustrates modern sizing for comparison:

Size Guide

If you are not sure which size to purchase, please do not hesitate to contact us for further advice.