Size, Size, Size

"What size is it?" - Thats the question and the one we all want to know when we select a piece and want to try it on. However, this is not as simple as locating the size tag if the garment has one. As a rule this vintage shop disregards size and concentrates on measurements, based on these we apply an estimated size with reference to current sizing in the industry.

Most vintage clothes are much smaller than what the size on the tag implies. You see, the apparel industry has for decades tried to set standards on sizing but they are not mandatory and in fairness our feminine frame varies from country to country. So the garment industry is constantly reinventing clothing sizes to reflect and appeal to its customers. Furthermore, the silhouettes and styles from each decade have their own signature proportions, high or low waists, tight arm-holes or varying sleeve lengths, hem-lines or emphasis on shoulders, hips, bust are all variations in cuts and in design preferences. Hence, it is important to know the difference between a poor fit and an unfamiliar cut, so try it on.

When you visit After Sybil, TELL ME your personal fitting issues, we all have them like broad or narrow shoulders, long limbs, high or low waist, all unique and personal features that mean a dress may or may not fit even if we match in standard size.

Finally, REMEMBER the amazing advantage of what you will discover in my vintage shop is THE CHOICE of a wide variety of style preferences & cuts over the decades TO TRY OUT which means you will discover what suits your figure not what is flavor of the month in your local contemporary high street boutique.

Tips for measuring...


MeasurementOur Tip
BustAt the fullest part.
HipAt the fullest part.
Front Waist LengthShoulder to Waist.
Front Skirt LengthWaist to desired length.
Front Full LengthShoulder to Floor
NeckAt the base of your neck.
ShoulderNeck to Armhole line.
Outside ArmShoulder to Wrist (arm straight).
Inside ArmArmhole to Wrist (arm straight).
ElbowArm bent.