Sizing

Sizing is an important aspect of the enjoyment of vintage clothing. Most garments prior to the 1950s were custom made, and even with the invention of Ready-to-wear and standard sizes after World War 2, they were often altered for perfect fit, or adjusted when they were passed onto a new wearer.

For this reason we have standarised our recommended sizings at Circa, and use the below tables - a size is only a suggestion though and few of us are standard in any way, so we encourage you to read the measurements provided in a product listing, and compare to a garment that fits you well.

Alternatively, compare the measurements to your own, adding a small amount (at least an inch around the waist, two to three inches for bust and hips depending on the style) for ease of movement.

The most important measurement is the waist, as it is usually the smallest - so that is how we usually size ladies wear.

A special note about 1960s dresses however: due to their A-line and shift shapes, we find that the waist is often quite generous and it will be the hip or bust measurement to watch out for.

In all cases, please read and compare the garments measurements carefully and if all else fails, the garment can be returned - please see our Returns Policy in the FAQ page.

Note: All measurements are rounded to the nearest inch or centimetre. 1939 Measuring guide from The Mutual Store.

  • Bust measurement is E
  • Waist measurement is F
  • Hip measurement is G
  • Sleeve measurement is C to P
  • Shoulder to waist is H to F
  • Waist to hem is F to J
  • Total length is H to J
Ladieswear
Aust/UK Size US Size Size Bust inches/cm Waist
inches/cm
Hips
inches/cm
2 - XS 30/76 20/51 30/76
4 0 XS 30/76 22/56 32/81
6 2 XS 32/81 24/61 34/86
8 4 S 34/86 26/66 36/91
10 6 M 36/91 28/71 38/96
12 8 L 38/96 30/76 40/101
14 10 XL 40/101 32/81 42/106
16 12 XL 42/106 34/86 44/112
18 14 XL 44/112 36/91 46/117
20 16 XL 46/117 38/96 48/122

 

Menswear
Size Collar Chest Waist
Inches Inches Inches
Extra Small 14.5" 34" 24"
Small 15" 36" 26"
Small 15.5" 38" 28"
Medium 16" 40" 32"
Medium 16.5" 42" 34"
Large 17" 44" 36"
Large 17.5" 46" 38"
Extra Large 18" 48" 40"
Extra Large 18.5" 50" 42"

 

Ladies shoes and boots
Aust/US Size European Size UK Size Inches Centimetres
2        
3        
4 35 2 8.1875" 20.8
5 35-36 3 8.5" 21.6
6 36-37 4 8.875" 22.5
6 1/2 37 4 1/2 9.0625" 23
7 37-38 5 9.25" 23.5
7 1/2 38 5 1/2 9.375" 23.8
8 38-39 6 9.5" 24.1
8 1/2 39 6 1/2 9.6875" 24.6
9 39-40 7 9.875" 25.1
9 1/2 40 7 /12 10" 25.4
10 40-41 8 10.1875" 25.9