Modern clothing sizes can vary between brands and styles, and vintage clothing sizes are not equivalent to today’s sizing. 

When shopping for vintage pieces online, we always recommend that you refer to the garment’s actual measurements, rather than the tag size or the listed size.  If an item is listed as “One Size Fits Most”, it means that the garment is roomy and can fit a range of sizes, depending on the desired fit and overall look – use the photos as a guide.

To determine the best fit for you, either measure yourself, or compare the measurements with a similar item that you already own. 

Taking your measurements

Measure yourself using a soft garment measuring tape.  If you don’t have one, use a piece of string and measure this length against a ruler.  Measure according to how you want the garment to fit.  


Bust: Measure around the fullest part of your bust. If you plan to wear a bra with the item, measure yourself with your bra on. 

Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your waistline.

Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

Rise: Measure from the crotch seam to the waistline of your pants.


Jeans & Pants - Sizing

Refer to the size chart below to see how we size our jeans and pants. For all other garments, refer to the photos and measurements provided.

Overalls - Sizing

We size the overalls based on the waist measurement - the smallest part of the overalls.  The waistline & hip area of overalls should be bigger than your waist & hip measurements, to ensure a relaxed fit.

Jeans & Pants - Styles


Every cut is different:  

If jeans or pants are a looser fit or stretchy, they are more likely to sit higher on your waist.  

Fitted jeans and pants, with little or no stretch, may sit a little bit lower.


Low Rise = waistband sits at least 2” below the bellybutton

Mid Rise = waistband sits just under the bellybutton

High Rise = waistband sits at or above the bellybutton

** With all jeans and pants, the rise will depend on the fabric, style, and size.


Shoe Sizing

Unlike vintage clothing, vintage shoe sizes have not changed substantially over time.  The size marked on a vintage shoe should correspond to roughly the same size of a modern shoe, although vintage shoes are often narrower.  

Marlow Vintage lists the size as what is indicated on the shoe.  If a shoe size isn’t visible, we list the size based on the fit.  

If you need more information about a pair of shoes on our website, please contact us.


The soles of most vintage shoes have been glued or stitched to the upper.  Over time it is not uncommon for this glue to disintegrate and for the sole to come away from the upper.  We go to great lengths to only source amazing quality shoes, however, it is impossible to know which shoes have glue that may or may not disintegrate over time.  For this reason, we cannot offer any guarantees relating to the glue.  

We believe that all vintage is worth repairing, and most shoes can be easily re-glued by a shoe repairer.  Please choose carefully as we do not offer or accept returns or exchanges.