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Important Information in regard to Sizing

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Vintage sizing varies from modern day, straight off the rack sizing. Seems we've "super-sized" over the decades. That explains why there aren't many Extra Large sizes in authentic Vintage Clothing available here, because it's truly very rare to find. When we are lucky enough to get something in Vintage Clothing that actually measures up to an Extra Large size, sorry guys... but it's generally gonna cost you a bit more because of the vintage rarity factor.

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We've looked at many Sizing Charts and have developed the following chart which illustrates how we size our merchandise. Please note that we use this size chart to give our merchandise a modern day sizing standard. Therefore, it isn't unusual to buy a Medium size Vintage shirt and get your merchandise and see that it is marked Large on the label. If a shirt measures as a Modern Day Medium, that's what we list it as. For the most part, when it comes to sizing authentic Vintage clothing, you can sometimes forget what it says on the label.

If you have any questions in regard to our merchandise, please contact us. If you have a specific question about an item, please refer to the item number when you write.

Our Modern Day Sizing Chart for Men's Shirts
see the illustration below
XXL and up
Please note: This chart is a general guide that we use to attach a size to a shirt, please check the actual measurements listed on an item in comparison to your own measurements. Keep in mind that 1970's funky Polyester Disco type shirts are supposed to be worn with a snug fit! We measure shirts laying FLAT, double that measurement listed to get the number which is the actual chest measurement that is reflected in the above sizing chart.

::: please refer to the illustration below regarding shirt sizing & how we measure shirts, jackets and coats :::

Our Best Advice:
For the best results , always compare a shirt you own to the flat measurements given on each item.
Sizing Chart for Men's Pants
Pants and dress slacks are listed with standard waist and inseam measurements.
Refer to the illustration below regarding pants sizing.

additional notes regarding men's vintage pants:
Men's pants in the 1940's and 1950's (as well as some 1970's pants) had a much higher "rise" and were worn much higher on the waist than modern style mens pants, the inseam generally will measure shorter than average as compared to today because the pants weren't worn tight at the crotch. We provide you with an overall length of these slacks to help determine the rise.

Men's MOD style 1960's pants were tighter at the ankle and worn shorter in the inseam than modern styles. Show some sock!

Men's DISCO style 1970's polyester pants were worn fairly tight compared modern styles. Some were worn "Brady Bunch" or, what we refer to as pimpin' style - skin tight! Some of the 70s style mens pants also were "higher waisted" than styles today - so be sure to check the "rise" by subtracting the inseam length from the overall length measurements provided. Bell bottoms and flares generally hugged the knee and flared out. Elephant bells we're looser all the way down. Boot cut can also be a small flare or comfortable leg opening.

PLEASE NOTE this regarding men's vintage pants:
We measure each item listed individually so you can get the best possible fit. When it comes to vintage 70's pants, many of them ride higher on the waist. Pay attention to the RISE measurement (from the crotch to the waistband) - you can determine this by subtracting the
INSEAM (B) measurement and subtracting it from the OVERALL LENGTH (D) measurement as illustrated below. Compare these measurements to a pair of dress pants you own that fit you well, as modern day jeans very often have a lower RISE. Size tags on modern day clothing often vary compared to actual measurements. And, many men may wear a larger size in measured vintage than they think!

HOT TIP how to find YOUR size vintage pants: Once you measure pants that fit you by using our guidelines below, take the measured waist (A) and inseam (B) size and type it into the search box on the right upper portion of the website like the following example:
"32x34" (waist - inseam) and hit the enter/return key. This will pull up all pants that either fit the exact criteria (or are close), or can be hemmed or altered to fit that measured size.

How We Measure Mens Vintage Pants

We measure all of our PANTS while they are laying FLAT on the outside of the garment. We list measurements as follows in the illustration below: A actual waist = measurement is taken flat and doubled to give the actual waist size. B Inseam = length from crotch to hem. C hem width measured flat = double this number to get the circumference. The Overall Length D is measured with the pants folded in half lengthwise.

NOTES: If you need to figure out the RISE (crotch to waist) in a pair of listed pants, subtract the inseam from the overall length. Also note that if the pants are bellbottoms or flares, we often take an additional measurement FLAT across the knee, as this type of 1970's era pant is often tighter at the knee.
Sizing Chart for Men's Suit Jackets
All suit coats are listed with standard measurements as they are measured and assigned.
We measure jackets and all outerwear the same way we measure shirts.

additional notes regarding men's suit jackets:
60's and 70's suit jackets were cut closer and meant to be worn more form fitting than most styles today.

How We Measure Shirts, Suit Jackets
and Outerwear

We measure all of our shirts while they are laying FLAT on the outside of the garment. We list measurements as follows in the illustration below: A Armpit to Armpit = double that number and you will get the approximate chest size as noted in the Sizing Chart above; if an item is fitted we note it as such and may take additional measurements. B Shoulder to Shoulder = shoulder seam to shoulder seam. C Shoulder to Cuff = top of the shoulder seam to the end of the cuff. Or, top of the shoulder seam to the end on a short sleeve shirt. The Length D is measured on the back of the shirt in the center from just under the collar on the seam to the bottom seam of the garment.

additional notes regarding men's shirt sizing:
1950's vintage mens shirts are generally cut shorter in the overall length. This is because 50's pants were worn much higher on the waist than modern day mens slacks. 100% Polyester disco shirts from the 1970's have some stretch to them and are meant to be worn form fitting or snug. You don't have to wear them skin tight, but it's specific to the era if you dare!

sizing vintage clothing

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