Like fleeting fashion trends, standard sizes of clothing have changed over the years. This is why it’s generally wiser to shop modern vintage clothing according to product dimensions and not size labels. This way, you take home a piece that fits you like a dream.
Ahead, you can find a step-by-step guide on taking your measurements. Match these numbers later as you browse the shop, so you can make accurate comparisons.
I measure each garment laying flat. The bust and waist measurements are doubled to ensure a seamless size translation for you. Note that there is usually 1-2" of wiggle room (as when you wear a garment it does not just lay flat.)