Vintage Sizing and Care Guide
Berty & Gerty Vintage size guidelines for clothing and shoes
Vintage garments are different to today’s clothing sizes as many pieces were hand –made between the 1920’s and the 1970’s and were not labeled at all. Many of our items sold might have an American or European size sewn into the garment.
Berty & Gerty would advise you to calculate your correct size before making a purchase, you can do this two ways: either ask a friend to measure you, or, for you to measure clothing that you already own that is a perfect fit. Please refer to the measurement tables below to help you find your size.
Ladies Shoe Sizes
How to Measure:
Measure your waist and hips and compare to the size chart below. To get the most accurate measurements, have someone else measure you. Be sure to hold the measuring tape straight and snug, not tight, to your body.
Bust: Measure over the fullest part of your bust, with the tape measure parallel to the floor. Don't pull the tape measure too hard. This measurement will assist you in determining your clothing size for tops and dresses.
Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your natural waistline, approx. an inch, 2.5 cms above your navel. Relax and breath out before you measure.
Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hip, before the thigh begins to narrow. This measurement will help you determine your size for skirts, shorts, and form-fitting dresses.
This is the measurement from your ankle to your groin. This can also be measured on a pair of trousers with the proper length.
Women's Clothing Sizes
The diagram below shows you the appropriate areas to measure.
Berty & Gerty Vintage Clothing and Accessories care advice:
Berty & Gerty would advise you to hand wash 1920’s to 1950’s clothing, or any vintage item that is made of delicate fabrics.
To keep your vintage clothing looking fresh and new, please wash clothing on a 30 degrees delicate spin. As with modern clothing don’t mix your colours where the colours might run in the washing machine.
Silk scarves should never be washed at all, as the colour will run, as many of them have been hand printed.
Dry cleaning is always an option for very delicate vintage clothing, however, sometimes just a gentle steam with a home hand held steamer is all that is needed to freshen up your vintage item.
If you are concerned about how to clean your purchase please contact us for further advice.
Further care instructions
Berty & Gerty, understand you cannot inspect our collection before you purchase. We try to offer vintage that is in the best condition. When buying vintage online or in person it is understood that these items have been worn before so will show some signs of use.
Vintage items will often reveal it’s own history and age with the following signs: small pulls in silk, small scratches on leather and metal, small discolouration of fabrics, small snags in lace and delicate fabrics. These little marks and defects just simply come with collecting vintage, but in turn add character to well loved items.
To help you understand the nature of vintage, please take a look at our vintage condition guide before you purchase:
Excellent: This is a vintage item that looks like new with very little wear.
Very Good: A fantastic quality vintage product that has very little signs of wear.
Good: This is a good quality vintage item that shows signs of wear and a few imperfections.
Fair: This item will show signs of aging and wear. These imperfections will be detailed in the vintage items description.
If you would like to have extra clarification on the quality and condition of any of the items in our Berty & Gerty collection please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org