Fit Guide In Progress
Here is how we measure, and some tips for finding the right fit:
Shoulder: Measured from seam to seam. Sometimes the shoulder will be dropped, rounded, raglan or undefined, depending on the garment's fit. When comparing to an item you own, remember to account for thickness and style of garment - you would want a coat's shoulders to be slightly roomier than a blouse.
Sleeve: Length measured from shoulder seam to hem of sleeve. No brainer! If the shoulder is dropped, the sleeve will be measured from the dropped seam. If a shoulder is undefined or a raglan, the sleeve is an estimated measurement from the shoulder. Remember to account for the curve of your shoulder. If you need bicep or wrist circumference, just ask!
Bust: This is not necessarily your bra size! We measure with the garment laying flat, and then double. It is best to compare this measurement to an item you own (in a similar material), but you can also measure around your chest at the fullest point, Be sure to use a flexible tape, while wearing an unpadded bra, or no bra, depending on how you’ll wear the item.
Waist: We measure laying flat, then double. This is the narrowest part of a fitted garment and coincides with your natural waist, above your belly button and below your rib cage. Measure around your waist at the narrowest point, over any potential undergarments. don't cinch too much and maybe even put a finger under the tape to give yourself a little room for lunch.
Empire Waist: For all you princesses out there, this when the waistline of the garment falls just under the bust, common in babydoll dresses. Get this measurement from around your ribcage, below your bust and above your waist.
Hip: Same deal, we measure the garment laying flat, then double :) Many garments sold on Omnia have a free or full hip, because twirling. However, when a skirt is more fitted, this measurement is crucial. To get yours, use a flexible tape and go around the fullest part of your hips, standing with your legs together. This is usually 9" below your natural waist. Measure over undergarments, but not over clothing.
Rise: This is measured from the seam at the crotch around to the top of the waistband. We provide rise measurements for both the front and back of the pant. On a jumpsuit, where camel toe is to be considered, this measurement will be taken from the shoulder, and noted.
Inseam: Long measurement taken from crotch down to the end of the pant or short. Easy peasy!
Hem: We spread the garment out and measure the span of the hem, then double. Also known as "leg opening" in a pant or short.
Length: This is measured from the top of the garment down to the hem. Outerwear, blouses and some dresses are measured from the nape of the neck. Any dresses or tops with a scooped or open back will be measured from the top of the shoulder. And all bottoms are measured from their waistband.
One more thing...Know your options!
• If a skirt’s waist is just a little too tight or too loose, it’s very easy to just move a button or hook over a 1/2” or so.
• If a sleeve or hem is a little short, ask us if there is more fabric underneath that can be let out by a tailor
• Shortening a skirt, or removing the sleeves can take a garment from ehhh to amazing! We don’t alter vintage garments prior to selling, but talk to us for ideas and to see what's possible :)
Sizing varies by the garment's style, cut and fabric.
We include a "best for" size on each item and include specific notes on fit and silhouette in the description. (i.e. bloused bodice or free flowing skirt). This is our guide:
Size Bust Waist Hip
XS 30-32 24-25 32-34
S 32-34 26-27 34-37
M 34-36 28-29 37-40
L 36-40 30-31 40-42
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