Pile of Folded Knits

Sizing & Care guide

We understand that shopping for vintage pieces, especially online, is not the easiest task! Sizing differs a lot from modern clothing and it can be tricky to find the right fit when you can't try things on.

Caring for those one-of-a-kind finds is also very important. You spend so much time looking for that perfect vintage cashmere jumper, but how do you look after it?

Read our detailed guide on how to make sure you get the right size when shopping for vintage online and how to care for you clothing collection!

Finding the right size

The size label on most vintage pieces doesn't often correspond to modern sizing and the garment usually comes up a lot smaller. The size mentioned in each individual listing is a modern size - we normally never include the vintage size to avoid confusion.

In order to find the right size for you, take a garment you already own and you know fits you well that is somewhat similar to the one in the listing (blouse for blouse, overcoat for overcoat, etc). Put it on a flat surface with any fastenings closed and measure with a measuring tape:

  • Bust (armpit to armpit)

  • Waist (narrowest point)

  • Hips (fullest point)

  • Inseam (crotch to hem)

You can also measure the sleeve length (shoulder seam to cuff), overall length (shoulder to hem or waistband to hem for skirts). Then compare your own garment measurements to the ones provided in each listing , taking into account your desired fit! You will get the best fit by comparing garment to garment measurements than body to garment.

We provide measurements both in inches and centimeters to make it easier for you, no matter which system you use. 


If you have any questions, need a measurement not listed or you are unsure about fit, don't hesitate to either DM us or email at contact@tornvintage.com.

We're always here to help!

a universal size chart

All the sizes we use (XS-XXL) are only estimates and might vary depending on the type of clothing. Please, always flat measure to ensure the best fit for you!
We base our measurements on this table.

Caring for your clothes

Caring for your clothes (vintage or not) is absolutely essential in order to make them last as long as possible which, in turn, helps cut down on fashion waste.


Wash your non sensitive clothes, like cottons, linens and synthetics with an eco friendly biological detergent and always follow the instructions on the care label, especially regarding temperature. For animal derived fibres, such as wool, silk and cashmere, we recommend a non-bio detergent as it will be much kinder and will prolong the life of these garments. Non-bio detergents are also recommended for sensitive skin and can be found in all supermarkets.

If you like using fabric softener, try not to use it with every single wash and avoid using it with garments that contain elastane (leggings, sports bras etc) as it can break down the fibres and shorten the lifespan of your clothes.

For any garments that are delicate, handwash or use the 'handwash' function on your washing machine. Try to not mix colours too much and if you are machine washing, always use net bags for each individual garment. We also recommend that with any mixed clours load, you use colour catchers to avoid colour transfer.

Synthetic clothes are notorious for releasing microplastics into the water, even after many washes, so using a Guppyfriend Washing Bag stops those harmful microfibres entering the marine ecosystem.

Lastly, only wash your clothes when it is absolutely necessary. Of course, this doen't include underwear or sports clothes which you do need to wash after every use - but do you need to wash those demin jeans after one wear? Prolong the life of your garments by spot treating any small stains and neutralise smells by steaming or airing them.

Spot treating

Spot clean any stains or spillages using some concentrated detergent or stain remover like Vanish. If you prefer a more natural way, try using baking powder and vinegar on the stain. But remember: no matter which method you decide to use, always patch test in a hidden area to make sure it doesn't lift the colour!


Even when a piece of clothing has a flaw, there's no reason to throw it away! Instead try fixing any small holes or rips as soon as they appear to avoid the problem becoming worse. There is plenty of videos on YouTube, with step to step instructions on how to mend anything, from replacing a button to visible mending - why not give it a go? And if everything else fails, you can always seek a professional tailor's help, it will still probably be more afforbable than replacing the whole garment!