Rating System & Measurements
Vintage clothing is loved clothing. Sometimes the lives of our pieces have been exquisite, with great care taken to maintain their fabric, shape, and overall condition. In other cases, garments may have been somewhat less well-preserved, resulting in minor flaws, such as discoloration, staining, and/or tears.
Whatever the condition, we want you to know it thoroughly.
To that end, the Reel Vintage rating system, based on an industry standard, is designed to give you as much information as possible before purchasing your item(s).
- Mint: The item has never been worn or shows virtually no signs of wear. Rare and pristine.
- Near Mint: The item shows only light wear, with no blemishes.
- Excellent: The item is structurally intact and shows some wear, but has no blemishes.
- Very Good: The item shows wear and has some blemishes, such as light staining and/or minor flaws.
- Good: The item is wearable, but may shows signs of deterioration (staining, non-seam rips, etc.).
We are always available to our clients for questions and encourage you to contact us. We'll do our best to respond to you within 24 hours.
Since all Reel Vintage sales are considered final at the time of purchase, it's important that you know precisely how our items are measured.
Below our descriptions, you'll see an image that may help with finding the sweet spots for measuring. We should also note that there are numerous online resources that provide very helpful detail regarding measuring oneself.
If you have any questions about our pieces and their measurements, please do reach out.
How we measure: Side seam to side seam, under the armhole or sleeve, with the garment laying flat. The measurement is then doubled.
How you should measure: Holding the tape firm in one spot, measure the fullest part of your bust with your arms down (one up to hold the tape, of course, but if you have a buddy that could be even more helpful). Because you will wrap the tape around your back to meet the side or front (depending on your starting point), you will not double this measurement.
How we measure: Side seam to side seam at the top of the waist, with the garment laying flat. In the case of an elastic waist, we'll provide an inch range (ex. Waist: 25"-28").
How you should measure: Find the narrowest part of your waist - the so-called natural waist - and wrap the tape around this area. It is often described as being located between the bottom of the ribcage and the navel.
How we measure: Side seam to side seam at the widest part of the hips, with the garment laying flat.
How you should measure: Measure around the widest part of your hips. This is a great one to do in front of a mirror so you can be sure to find the widest spot.
How we measure: Across the shoulders, seam to seam, with the garment laying flat.
How you should measure: Holding the tape in both hands, bring the tape behind your back and measure your shoulders from end to end.
How we measure: Top of the shoulder or waistline to the hemline, with the garment laying flat.
How we measure: Crotch seam to the bottom of the cuff, with the garment laying flat.
How you should measure: Measure from the very tip-top of your inner thigh to the bottom of your anklebone.