Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Long and Short of It

Just coming away from a weekend at Long Grove Vintage Days, I have measurements fresh on the brain.  The modern reality of shopping often hangs on labels like Medium, size 10 and long, but how often do these labels actually remain consistent to the information that they are supposed to represent?  As women worldwide know well, not often.  A size 6 in one brand may be a couple of inches smaller than another brand, and let's not forget about the unique size challenges when it comes to vintage clothing-- a 1940's size 8 does not equal a 1970's size 8.

Enter: Measurements!  These numbers, with never-changing meaning, should be your friend.  An inch is always an inch, thank goodness!  They are the only unit of size that are not in constant flux from brand to brand, and decade to decade. Knowing your measurements can save time, money and the frustration of the "this doesn't fit!" moment. We all want that, right?  That's why Novel Nellie only lists measurements to express size! Never return, exchange or fuss over an ill-fitting garment again (in any shop, just ask for garment measurements!)

Now that we've talked about why measurements matter, let's get practical!


The most tried and true way to find your garment measurements, is to find a dress (or romper, or jumpsuit) that fits you well, and measure that lying flat!  This is better than measuring your actual body, because a garment is slightly bigger than our body measurements.  To get an accurate hip measurement, you'll need to measure a dress that's fitted at the hip, or even a pair of pants (i.e. not like the dress pictured below).  

For bust, measure from armpit to armpit, for the waist, across the smallest part of the midsection, and for hips, across the widest part of the fitted garment.  I usually measure length from the shoulder to the hem.


It's pretty amazing how simply knowing our measurements can make shopping easier, do away with labels, and find styles we like faster!  If you have any questions about how to find or use your measurements, send us a note at novelnellie@gmail.com. :)

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