We want you to get the right fit when buying our vintage fashion, and will do our best to help. If you need more information about your size and a garment than we provide, please email us at info@retrobaby.com

Vintage Sizes

Unfortunately vintage sizes bear little resemblance to modern sizes, and modern clothing has no international standard – so these sizes also vary.

In our description we give you our estimation of the modern size, the vintage size (if labeled) and the actual measurements of the garment or accessory.


We measure garments as accurately as possible. Our measurements are the item’s size, not yours. So if the waist size says 70 c m you will need to be a little smaller to fit. How much depends on you and your idea of comfort.

You can also compare the measurements of a similar item you already have to the one you see on our site.

When measuring for fit, please follow these instructions to ensure your measurements will work:

Know your own measurements.

  • Bust: Measure across fullest part of your bust, under your arms and across the shoulder blades around your back.
  • Waist: Measure around your natural waistline.
  • Hips: Measure around fullest part of your hips ( about 22 cm 9 in down from natural waistline).

Pant Size

  • Waist: Measure around your natural waistline.
  • Inseam: Measure inside your leg from the crotch down to top of shoe.

Hat size:

  • Measure circumference of head usually about 2 cm 3/4 in above ear valley, where hat (should be) worn.
  • Measure tight to 2 mm 1/8 in for accuracy.

Shoe size:

  • Measure your foot from heel to the tip of your longest toe. Give yourself a bit of wiggle room for your foot to breath within the shoe.
  • Your current shoe size is also a good hint.

Size Charts

Retrobaby garment measurements

This is how we measure our garments.

Blouses, Tops, coats, and Shirts:

  1. Arm length is measured from shoulder seam to wrist hem.
  2. Bust/chest measured from underarm, across the chest to the other underarm, combined with back measurement will give the total chest measurement.
  3. Length is measured from shoulder to hem, or straight down the back not including collar.
  4. Waist is measured across where a normal waist would fall and then doubled.
  5. Back is measured from shoulder seam across to other shoulder seam.

Skirts and Dresses:

  1. Dress length is measured from shoulder to hem.
  2. Waist is measured across where an average waist falls, then doubled.
  3. Skirt length is measured from waistband to hem.
  4. Hips are measured across where an average hip falls, then doubled.


  1. Inseam is measured from crotch down along inside of leg to hem.
  2. Waist is measured across natural waist then doubled.
  3. Sometimes we measure from the waist, down to the crotch if needed.


Shoes are measured lengthwise along the sole of the shoe from the heel to the toe, and the width is measured across the sole at the ball of the foot.