Vintage 101 – How to Take Your Measurements

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They say Marilyn Monroe was a size 12. Well, the 12 of the ’50s is not the 12 of today. In fact, there is no standardized sizing system in place. I love going to the Gap or Old Navy and kidding myself that I am a size 6 when really I’m an 8.
When shopping online, especially for vintage clothing, it is very important to know your measurements before falling in love with a dress that won’t fit. Here’s a little video tutorial I created to help you figure out the dimensions of your curves!
Enjoy!

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19 comments

1 lady coveted { 07.11.08 at 4:50 am }

ahh… the 25″ waist… dalia’s so dainty!
;)
lovely video… it’s so nice to see you in action after all this time! btw i loove the dress!

2 Sandra { 07.11.08 at 10:26 am }

Isn’t Dalia envy worthy?
Thanks for the compliment Jennine. I’ve had this video recorded but was too nervous to put it up but after seeing your adorable video, I was inspired.
The dress is Anna Sui for Anthropologie.

3 patri { 07.12.08 at 6:26 am }

I adore to see you! Thanks!!!

4 Girl-Woman { 07.12.08 at 12:22 pm }

Great video. Who knew?

5 Sandra { 07.12.08 at 12:25 pm }

Thanks Girl-Woman!
It’s always a good idea to know your measurements, especially when shopping online, even if it’s modern clothing. That way you can compare your measurements to the sizing charts on the e-commerece site.

6 Market Publique { 07.15.08 at 2:20 pm }

Love this video! So useful!
And I have that dress too! Lovely.
Grand Prix by Anna Sui for Anthropologie.
I actually bought it on eBay!

7 Sandra { 07.15.08 at 2:28 pm }

Pamela,
glad you enjoyed it.
I bought mine on ebay too!!!

8 Alana { 07.17.08 at 9:43 am }

Great article on measurements for vintage clothing. There is a big difference in how sizes were determined over the years and measurements are by far the best way to be sure. Especially when shopping online.
Alana
By the way you have a fantastic blog!

9 Sandra { 07.17.08 at 8:10 pm }

Thanks Alana! Glad you liked it. And thanks for the kind words.

10 Patti { 07.18.08 at 10:44 am }

Great video!! I’ve been out of town, so I’m just now looking at all your posts. This was really helpful and you look so cute!!

11 Sandra { 07.18.08 at 9:55 pm }

Thanks Patti. You’re too sweet. Glad you liked the video. Hope you had fun while you were out of town!

12 Tami { 07.21.08 at 3:37 pm }

Great video!! I’m always scared to buy things online :P
Thanks for the tutorial!

13 Sandra { 07.21.08 at 5:54 pm }

Glad you liked it Tami! Good ecommerce sites will always have a measuring/sizing guide.

14 Jordan { 07.30.08 at 6:52 pm }

This video helps a lot, thank you!
As a young adult woman whose weight doesn’t fluctuate very much, how often should I remeasure?

15 Sandra { 07.30.08 at 6:56 pm }

Good question Jordan!
Personally, I don’t bother remeasuring unless I notice my everyday clothing are starting to fit tighter or looser.

16 Jesselynneand { 08.02.08 at 1:29 pm }

Thank you so much for this helpful guide. By the way, you are very poised in front of the camera! I would have been so nervous. Classy presentation!

17 Jordan { 08.02.08 at 9:40 pm }

Thanks Sandra!

18 Sandra { 08.16.08 at 3:32 am }

Wow! Thanks Jesse. This is such a nice compliment. Glad you like the guide.

19 Calla { 10.27.08 at 6:54 am }

Well said.

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