Vintage Condition & Measurement Guide

VINTAGE CONDITION

Just like every human being, most vintage items are imperfect. Having typically enjoyed a previous owner and possibly years of storage, vintage clothes will of course naturally bear some evidence of their age and history. That being said, I pride myself on the quality of the merchandise that I sell on and have never sold an item that I wouldn't be proud to wear myself.

Any flaws that the items may have are detailed within their descriptions and photos, and every item receives a condition rating, which is based on the guidelines established by the Vintage Fashion Guild, for your peace of mind.


CONDITION GUIDE:

Every item listed receives a condition rating from the list that has been provided below, which is based on the guidelines established by the Vintage Fashion Guild, for your peace of mind. If specific flaws are found, they are extensively detailed in item photos and descriptions.

Please familiarize yourself with the terms in the following tables so you can make an informed decision before making a purchase.


Condition ratings:

New-old / dead stock

Unsold and back-stock merchandise from mid-century retailers; original tags attached.

Mint

Immaculate: may have been worn but bears no evidence.

Excellent

Excellent Vintage Condition. Close to flawless with very few imperfections. Has been worn but well maintained.

Very good

Very Good Vintage Condition. Light evidence of wear. Wearable & flaws do not prevent use.

Fair

Imperfect in appearance, but likely repairable with more financial investment than item is worth. Remains wearable with care.

Study

Damaged beyond repair, but suitable for study or costume use.


The Small Print:

  • All items are sold in the condition given in their description; age, condition and fabric content are ONLY offered as a professional opinion, and actual details may differ in person according to the settings on the customer's computer monitor.
  • All my vintage items are pre-owned by definition and will naturally bear some evidence of their age. Please be aware the items sold by barefoot vintage are not new and will therefore not resemble new merchandise.
  • I may decide not to clean certain items if they are deemed to have been clean upon acquisition; most of my garments, however, are professionally cleaned by a non-commercial dry cleaner that specializes in vintage clothing.
  • No warranty is given, expressed or implied regarding the survival of any vintage items after they leave my care; all items are wearable unless otherwise noted.
  • If you have a question, problem or concern, contact me! Your happiness is my main objective.

MEASUREMENT GUIDE

Are all vintage sizes different from modern sizes?

Size tags on vintage clothing, by today’s standards, are somewhat misleading. For example, a 1960s size 12 is roughly equivalent to a modern size 8 or 10. Moreover, fifty or 60 years ago women's waists were typically shorter, so a "medium sized" garment might not fit a modern medium sized woman.

How can I be sure your items will fit me?

Due to the fact that vintage and modern sizes differ so greatly, I have included actual garment measurements, as well as the modern size equivalent within every listing, to try to help you determine a proper fit.

There is also, in addition, a link to my sizing guide on each product page for your immediate reference. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with this guide before making a purchase.


GARMENT SIZING

I would highly recommend that my customers take some time to measure themselves (or perhaps a garment that they own already, that fits just right) to ensure a proper fit.

Here's how to go about that process:

Using A Garment You Own Already

Lay your own item flat and measure with a flexible measuring tape at each of the points referenced in the listing. If you like you can double the waist, bust/chest and hip measurements to give you the full circumference.

If your garment's measurements are smaller than or equal to the given measurements of our item within the listing detail, at each reference point, the garment should fit.

Using Your Own Body Measurements

You will need to use a flexible measuring tape for all measurements; make sure the measuring tape is wrapped snugly, but not too tightly – as you need the measurement to be accurate.

Bust:

Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust. Add 1 1/2" - 2" to this measurement for ease of movement. For coats, add 3" - 5" to this measurement; for strapless items subtract 3" - 4" from your normal bra size for best fit.

Waist:

Wrap the measuring tape around the smallest part of your natural waist. Just for reference purposes, most vintage garments are supposed to be worn at or above the natural waist, not below it. Add 1" to this measurement for breathing room.

Hips:

Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your hips and bottom; making sure that the measuring tape is snug to your body, but not too tight. Add 1 1/2" - 2" to this measurement to account for walking and sitting.

Shoulders:

Measure across the back of your shoulders from the mid-point of each shoulder bone. For coats, add 2" - 3" to this measurement. Women's vintage clothing can be narrow in the shoulders.

Ribcage:

It is best to take a good deep breath to help expand your ribcage and then measure around the fullest part of the under bust. This will be directly underneath the breasts.

Length (Trouser):

You will need to measure straight down the outside of your leg from the natural waist to the point at which you wish the trouser edge to fall.

Length (Dress):

You will need to measure straight down from the highest point of your shoulder to the point at which you wish the dress hemline to fall.

Inseam:

You will need to measure from your crotch area down the inside of your leg, to the point at which you wish the trouser hemline to fall.

Rise:

You will need to measure from your crotch area up toward your belly button, to your natural waist. Most vintage garments are supposed to be worn at or above the natural waist, not below it.

Please see the charts below to familiarize yourself with modern sizes and their corresponding measurements.


Women's Clothing:

 

S

M

L

XL

Chest:

38"

39"

40-41"

42-43"

44-45"

46-47"

48-49"

50-51"

Waist:

30"

31"

32-33"

34-35"

36-37"

38-39"

40-41"

42-43"

US

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

UK

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

50

Euro

46

48

51

54

56

59

61

63


(Actual body measurements)

 

XS

S

M

L

Bust:

30-31"

32"

33-34"

35-36"

37-38"

39-40"

41-42"

43-44"

Waist:

22-23"

24"

25"

26"

27"

28"

29-30"

31"

Hip:

32-33"

34"

35"

36"

37"

38"

39-40"

41"

US

0

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

UK

6

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

Euro

(France)

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

Euro

(Italy)

38

38

40

42

44

46

48

50


Women's Shoes:

Euro

34

34 1/2

35

35 1/2

36

37

37 1/2

38

38 1/2

39

40

41

42

43

UK

1 1/2

2

2 1/2

3

3 1/2

4

4 1/2

5

5 1/2

6

6 1/2

7

7 1/2

8

US

4

4 1/2

5

5 1/2

6

6 1/2

7

7 1/2

8

8 1/2

9

9 1/2

10

10 1/2


How To Measure Your Foot For A Good Fit For Vintage Shoes

Step 1: Sit on a chair and place your bare foot flat on a piece of plain white paper.

Step 2: Carefully trace the outline of your foot onto the paper.

Step 3: Do the same with your other foot.

Step 4: Compare the two tracings (a good method is to place one paper over the other and hold them up to a source of light). Complete Steps 5 and 6 using the larger/longer foot.

Step 5: Measure the tracing from toe edge to heel edge to get the inside shoe length.

Step 6: Measure the tracing from edge to edge at the widest part to get the inside shoe width

The shoe length should be about half an inch or 1.25cm longer than foot length. e.g. a 10-inch foot needs a shoe at least 10.5 inches long


How To Measure Your Head For A Good Fit For Vintage Hats

If you have an old hat that fits comfortably, measure the inside circumference of the head opening of the hat to obtain your accurate Vintage Hat Size:

Vintage Hats are not always marked with a size, so you really need to know your head measurement and the hat circumference of the hat for sale.

1.You will need to measure your head to the nearest 1/8 inches or 1/4 inches that should be close enough.

2.You will need a flexible tape measure.

3.Measure the circumference of the head just above the top of the ears.

4.Wrap tape gently around the head making certain the tape lies midway on your occipital bone (the little bump in the middle of the back of your head).

5.You don't want to pull the tape too tight or it will give you a measurement for a tightly fitted hat.

When you are done, you have your hat size for the normal vintage hat.

HAT SIZE 6 7/8 = 21 5/8inches = 54,9cm

HAT SIZE 7 = 22 inches = 55,8cm

HAT SIZE 7 1/8 = 22 3/8inches = 56,8cm

HAT SIZE 7 1/4 = 22 3/4inches = 57,7cm

HAT SIZE 7 3/8 = 23 1/8inches = 58,7cm

HAT SIZE 7 1/2 = 23 1/2inches = 59,6cm

HAT SIZE 7 5/8 = 23 7/8inches = 60,6cm

HAT SIZE 7 3/4 = 24 1/4inches =61,5cm

HAT SIZE 7 7/8 = 24 5/8inches = 62,5cm

HAT SIZE 8 = 25 inches = 63,5cm

The sizes taken for hat measurement are the internal Hat Circumference, the height of the hat and the brim size if any.