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!

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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 }

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.
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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