Vintage Sizing FYI

Measuring Tape
Phew! If I have learned anything since I started working for Monster Vintage, it’s that sizing vintage clothing is hard. Super hard. The thing is, sizing is hard enough. While there is somewhat of a standard, designers and clothing manufacturers can call whatever they feel like a “Large.” Throw the fact that people were a lot smaller back in the day into the mix, and you have quite a job on your hands!
Here’s the thing that we should be doing as vintage shoppers: measuring ourselves carefully and thoroughly. Especially if you are shopping online, your own measurements are the most important thing (except maybe how awesome that Scorpion tee really is). You also need to stop and really look at the garment you are drooling over: Is it stretchy? Is it meant to be worn fitted or loose? Is it lined or will I have to wear something underneath? We provide as much information on the matter as possible, because we know how much it sucks to wait for something awesome to come in the mail only to rip the box open and find out it doesn’t fit.

And, of course, we’re here for moral support, so if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us ( or here. No, seriously. We get it all the time. Is this itchy? Can you meaure it again just in case? We even have people call asking us to look for stuff for them for theme parties and gifts and stuff. Go ahead, feel special! That’s what we’re here for!Don’t you feel better already? We’re working on some helpful videos on sizing right now that will talk you through the whole process, top to bottom. In the meantime, just give us a ring! Or a whatever… we miss the sweet sound of your voice!
Sally “Measures Up” Mulligan

How To Wear It: Capes

It’s that time of year (Fall AGAIN, I know!) where it’s getting chilly outside- but it’s not too chilly. And it’s almost certainly the perfect temperature outside for a cape or a poncho. The Fall runways were littered with tailored capes and capelets this year, and who are we to go against nature?
A lovely cape is definitely going to set you apart from the crowd, which makes some people too nervous to try wearing one at all. Well, that’s where we come in. Take a look at how we would wear this awesome Monster Vintage Cape.
Mod Striped Cape
Mod, striped, spectacular. Don’t be afraid!

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During the day, I suggest playing up the Mod-ness of the cape with a nautical look. More stripes (you can mix prints, just keep them in the same color family), some simple boots, and little sailor-inspired accessories all help to spotlight this cute capper!

I was always skeptical of trying to pull off a cape with a dress, but I think I have worked out the schematics of it all. Just like with coats, proportion is important. The longer your cape is, the longer a dress you can get away with. If your cape’s hem falls somewhere near your hands, you should keep your dress above your knee. The look is not “Renaissance Faire Worker” this season.* I suggest wearing tights with your dresses in the Fall and Winter anyway, and the rule still applies here. It’s like wearing a puffer coat with flip-flops, as far as I’m concerned. So layer it up, and if your cape is as bright and colorful as this one (or more so) keep the rest of your outfit simple. Use your accessories to pick up the colors in the garment.

See? I told you you can do it. Do you need any advice on how to wear a standout, unique, or seemingly wacky item? Let us know, we’d be happy to help!
Click here to shop for vintage capes and ponchos.

*or ever, for that matter…

Ask Monster Vintage- Wedding

Vinnie writes us with this week’s conundrum:

That’s probably the look I get when I have to dress up for special occasions!
I guess you might say that I’m fashionably challenged. I don’t really shop for clothes and accept gladly all that is given but that is starting to leave me in some rather awkward situos where at least some attention to attire is expected by dem who make the nasty looks. My mom is getting married soon and I would really like to not completely embarrass her in front of the new family… so I thought I’d ask what you guys and gals thought might work for that; if you’ve got something available I would be happy to take a look but I don’t have much $$ (even if I did I’m cheap:) The wedding won’t be too formal but as I said, some attention will be expected and I’m at a complete and utter loss as to what I should wear!!
Thanks for any pointers,
– Vinnie the Vintage Bummer

Dearest Vinnie,
First off, congrats to your mom! How exciting!
Don’t bum out! I feel your pain, buddy! My mom got married a few summer’s ago and she is a bit of a square (cover up all my tattoos at a Summer wedding?! HA!) And who doesn’t want to look fabulous and have a good time at a wedding? Let’s see what we can do for you.
The key to fitting in at a party is a good fit (get it?) Nobody has ever gone wrong with a tailored jacket and pants. Especially in a more casual setting, try out cuffing your trousers or rolling up your sleeves to see how that jives with you. Although a tie doesn’t appear to be necessary, if you’re trying to look a little snazzier I would say go for it. In my personal opinion, the skinnier the tie the better! If you are forgoing the jacket altogether, I would recommend that you opt for either a nice vest or a cardigan sweater to tie your look together. Polish it all off with some snazzy, clean leather shoes. As far as looking put together looks, I would also recommend that you stick to a somewhat monotone look, with one or two (matching!) pops of color. I’m a big fan of a navy blue, black or grey suit with, say, a red tie and suspenders. You want it to look fresh and show some personality, after all.

My last piece of advice is to make sure you feel comfortable in the clothes and feel confident in your look. OWN IT!
Here are some pieces from the site you might like to try:

And here are some other visuals courtesy of Green Wedding Shoes and Darling Dexter to help give you an idea of what might work:

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What do you think? Can you get down with this kind of look? I hope we helped, Vinnie. We didn’t get your e-mail address, but if you want to shoot us an e-mail at we’ll give you a 25% off discount for the site- then you can still be a cheapskate!

Ask Monster Vintage!

Do you need any style advice or help? How to wear that unique vintage piece you bought and not look crazy? Advice on what to wear/where to shop for fall? Does a new trend have you confused? All the stylish peeps at Monster Vintage are here to help! If you have any questions, please e-mail us at support@monstervintage and we’ll be sure and get back to you!