Frequently Asked Questions: Will it fit?

A very common question people ask with any vintage is this:  Will it fit?  There are a few tips to making sure the size you need is the size you get.  Most of our apparel items are described in hand measurements done with a tape measure.  This is because sizes on clothes and shoes have changed over time and even vary by brand.  What was a “medium” in the 1950’s is most likely a “small” or even “extra small” now.  If you live in a country that uses Metric for measurements, there are many websites for converting inches to centimeters.  One easy-to-use website is .  To go directly to centimeters, inches, et cetera, go to  Online Conversion – Common Lengths .

When shopping online, people have understandable reservations about ordering something they’ve never tried on.  At, we absolutely understand this.  We want to ensure that you have the best vintage-buying experience.   For our return and refund terms, please go to .  If we make a mistake in listing the size or other detail on an item, we do not charge a re-stocking fee.  We also refund the postage in those cases.  If you have any questions at all, give us a call at (503) 236-7542.

Sneak Peek –’s new Featured Item page

For our faithful blog readers, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of our Featured Item page, which will be part of our site re-design.  In this page, you will see more, higher-resolution images, with easy clicks to like and share our items on a variety of social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus).  We hope you enjoy the new look and are excited to give you even more glimpses into our Monster Vintage world!

To preview the new page in the new style, click here:   Ciné Simplex 20th Century-Fox Camera #6

“Now I’ll Never Be A Teen Style Icon!”

Ladies and gentlemen, I am definitely and without a doubt in a very seventies state of mind these days. With that state of mind in mind, and given the fact that I recently dyed my naturally red hair blonde, I bring you today’s style icon: Marcia Brady (Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! to the rest of us.)
Pretty, popular, polite, and eternally vain, Marcia Brady ruled the roost and made sure everybody knew it (in the nicest way possible, of course!)
As the oldest Brady sister, she always had on the grooviest and newest clothes, including knee socks, mini skirts and outrageous prints, topped off with long, shiny blonde locks. Nothing could keep this girl out of the spotlight- not even braces or the occasional football to the face.

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As always, Monster Vintage is putting the grooviest of groovy right at your fingertips! Enjoy!

Sally “Teen Idol” Brady (I mean Mulligan…)

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday tomorrow! I want to leave you with a few of my favorite Monster Vintage items inspired by Native Americans and Pilgrims in honor of this (secretly) fashionable holiday.

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Have a great time everybody, and don’t forget you can get 30% off your next order by using the coupon code monster09 at checkout! Get some holiday shopping done already, will ya?

Sally “Mayflower” Mulligan


To piggyback Joni’s post, I too have always been a fan off the illustrious concert tee/wrestling tee/wildlife tee, but these black cotton treasures have always caused a bit of a conundrum for me: How can I wear this and look cute rather than careless? When the most mesmerizing t-shirt finds don’t always come in a flattering, fitted size, it can be quite a challenge.
A few weeks ago, though, inspired by a passing cyclist, I put together this little en-semb, consisting of:

1) A big, black Samhain tee
2) Some skinny-ish jeans
3) A vest
4) A good pair of boots

Success! With the right ingredients, you too can pull off a boyfriend-ish shirt!
Start with any black t-shirt. Black tee = automatically bad ass. (Though you’d be hard pressed to find anything more bad ass than this electrified Diamond Rio tee.) Slim jeans and a vest, like this vintage velvet number, can give some shape and structure to an otherwise oversized garment. Be sure to leave a button or two undone though, to properly exhibit your shirt’s undoubtedly awesome graphic. The length of the shirt lets you conveniently conceal the inevitable skinny jean muffin top, while the the recently resurfaced rolled t-shirt sleeve trend lets you show off your guns. Slip on some cute flats or a pair of commandeering boots and you’ve got yourself an outfit. So long as you don’t go crazy with your color palette, you can do no wrong.

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Voila! My personal favorite of the fall!

Fur-ocious furs!

As the skies turn gray and your nose turns pink your clothing can often be the only thing that brings a little fun and life to a drab winter day, as well as to your freezing body. Nothing is more fun and feminine than fur. Vintage fur coats, sweaters and accessories not only keep you toasty but add style to your look without harming more of our furry little friends.

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Whether it’s faux or authentic fur has a style and appeal that has made it a permanent symbol of elegance and class. From Marilyn Monroe to Mae West fur could be seen hanging from the shoulders and framing the faces of the world’s most glamorous and iconic women. The average gal mightn’t have been able to afford one then but times have changed at, and nowadays any posh girl with a computer can look like a leading lady.

Top 5 Tuesdays: Party Time Excellent!

Yes, yes, my dears, it is without a doubt that time of year again. It’s chilly out, you have a sudden craving for hot cocoa or hot toddies, and you can’t go to the store without them hocking Christmas wares in your face. That’s right: it’s party time. Christmas shopping, party planning, it all eludes me. Except, that is, when it comes to finding the perfect party ensemble. Not to toot my own horn, but when it somes to getting dressed for a fiesta, normally I find my dream outfit first, then help one or all of my friends find theirs. This year, I’d be happy to help you out too. It is with this in mind that I give you this week’s Top 5 Tuesday: My Favorite Monster Vintage Party Dresses.

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Give your little black dress a break this holiday season and go for a seasonless white dress, like this 1960’s number. It’s lighweight (and perfect for layering over some tights and under your favorite winter coat) and has lovely beading, perfect for a all night affair.
The second dress is so simple, yet far from boring. Very 1940’s. Very versatile and can be classed up for a family party with tights and flats or worn barelegged and bling-ed out for a cocktail event. And that bow is just the sweetest thing!
For those of you all too happy to banish basic black and stand out at a party, the third dress, from the 50’s is perfect for you. More versatile than you might think, it would look perfect with a neutral cardigan and some boots for a more understated look.
The fourth dress is even more gorgeous in person, shiny yet flattering, and a breathtaking shade of winter blue. The little tiny bow at the neckline has pretty rhinestone details, making this dress perfect for any evening event. Very film noir vixen!
The last dress is subtle yet stunning, definitely an overachiever. It has tiny gold leaves printed all over. Definitely special enough to stand alone without too much effort… Love the 40’s silhouette!

So what have we learned today, sweeties? First off, I obviously have a soft spot for 1940’s dresses…
But more importantly, if you are trying to get more mileage out of your party dresses this winter, go for versatility. With tights, without. Layered with a lovely cardigan or even a tuxedo jacket. Heels, flats, jewelry, different purses. All that good stuff. And if you don’t already have these items in your closet… well we have bigger problems. But you should be able to find a dress or two that already goes with things you own. Don’t go broke this holiday season!*
There are so many choices, I had a tough time choosing just five. You can shop Monster Vintage dresses here, or here if you’re feeling really fancy.

Sally “Party Over Here” Mulligan

*Unless you’re buying me that pony I always wanted…

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

Style Icon Friday: Mama Mia

Everyone with functioning eyeballs knows that Mia Farrow in any fashion incarnation rules them all. But 1968’s Rosemary’s Baby was her absolute peak of style icon-ness. When Rosemary went to the salon and chopped half her hair off, so did the rest of America. So today I present to you the look that launched a thousand pixie cuts: Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.
There was something undeniably feminine yet chic about Mia’s wardrobe in this film. Very classy but girly and undeniably sixties. There are so many dresses at right now that perfectly embody this look, no Satanic spawn necessary!

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Classic dresses that would fit in absolutely anywhere today! Click here to shop dresses from Monster Vintage.
Sally “Devil Child” Mulligan

A little info for ya!

We get asked a lot if we have online sales and the like. We also get asked if we have an e-mail list/newsletter.
Yes and yes!
We have an e-mail list which happens to be exactly the place you can find out about sales we have on the site!
You can also follow us on facebook and twitter for more info about sales. More info in general, really. There are often different sales offered on those social networks, so why don’t you just stay ahead of the curve and keep up with all three? Sound good?
See you on the internet, lovies!
Sally “Social Butterfly” Mulligan