How do I determine what size I need?

Keep in mind that labeled vintage sizing is almost always different than modern sizing. A 10 on a vintage tag, may be more like a modern size 2! This is why we take the most relevant measurements--always in inches--for every piece that we list. If you're ever unsure of sizing or need additional measurements than the ones provided, please contact us, as all Blue Suede Vintage sales are final. Examples of common measurements listed on product pages are:

  • Inseam: For pants, this is the inner measurement from the crotch to the bottom of the leg.
  • Length: This is pretty self-explanatory. For dresses, for example, this is the total length from the shoulder (usually just to the side of the neck opening) to the very bottom of the garment. 
  • PTP (pit-to-pit): Basically, armpit to armpit for tops and dresses. This is not exactly a bust measurement--because let's be honest, whose ladies really sit that high--but it's close.
  • Rise: For pants, this is the length from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
  • Sleeve: This is the length from the shoulder seam to the tip of the sleeve, unless otherwise noted.
  • Waist: This is taken with the garment lying flat. For example, a skirt with a waist measurement of 14" means that the waist opening is roughly 28" all the way around. Waist measurements may seem small, but keep in mind that many vintage pieces are meant to sit at the natural waist and not low-slung around the hips.

Sometimes, a "Labeled Size" is listed, along with a "Modern Size." The modern size is just our best estimateIt's best to go off of measurements first!

But really, what's your best tip for sizing?

Really, the BEST way to determine if something will fit you is to measure a similar item in your closet that you know already fits you well. Shopping for vintage denim? Measure a pair of jeans that you already own that you love! It's important to know your own body measurements, too, but there's always a bit of give needed in a garment and that exact give is determined by the fabric content. Measuring actual garments so that you have an apples to apples determination is best!

How do you determine the age of a vintage garment?

When possible, we simply ask the person from which we sourced the piece! If that's not feasible, we do LOTS of online research. The Vintage Fashion Guild, in particular, is an awesome resource for label lookups. If we absolutely cannot find something online... we use our best judgement based on the garment's source, style, and any other identifying characteristics.

What are your shipping options?

BSV currently ships to the United States via USPS, usually opting for the Ground Advantage option. Need something shipped internationally? Please Contact Us before placing your order.

Shipping charges are determined by item, based on size and weight and are automatically calculated at checkout. If you need something expedited, please let us know before placing your order, but note that additional charges may apply. 

All orders ship out within 1-3 business days from the time they are placed, unless otherwise stated. I'll message you if I'm out of town or otherwise engaged to alert you of any delays.

Finally, if you're local to Memphis, we offer FREE pickups from the shop Saturdays & Sundays 12-5pm. Note that all orders must be picked up within 30 days of payament

What's your return policy?

Blue Suede Vintage currently does not accept returns or exchanges.

We do our best to list all of an item's relevant measurements on the product page (see note above about sizing!) and to note anything outstanding about a garment's condition. Of course, all pieces have been previously loved and worn, but if the item has any tears or spots or anything notable, we'll definitely call it out. The item's condition is usually reflected in the price.

Do you buy vintage?

Yes, and in fact, we have an entire page dedicated to that process. Click through to read more.