size guide

measurements

While some items will have a size listed on the label, this is not always the case and with huge size discrepancies between items from different brands and eras, we size most of our items based on the measurements alone and not always what's present on the labels.

 

All measurements are taken with the item fastened (if applicable) and laid flat, then this number is doubled to give the chest or waist measurement. Dresses are sized based on both the chest and waist, we'll look at both measurements to work out the best size fit. Trousers will also have the length listed in inches too. 

All sizes will generally correspond to the chart below, our team are pretty good at working out the most suitable size to list each item!

labels

With branded items such as sportswear or t-shirts which do tend to have size labels, we'll go with that unless we think the label size is wayyy off. Most size labels do tend to measure up to our size chart anyway so the size listed should be pretty accurate however we determined it.

 

The size we list at is always the 'fits as' size, so for example if a hoodie has 'large' on the label but it would better fit as a small and corresponds more closely to a small in our chart below, we'll state it as a small in the listing. 

You can always check the description of each item as we'll note the size on the label as well what we think it best fits as, just to avoid any confusion. 

Childrens clothing will be sized based on the labels too.

We recommend you size up if you're between sizes, want a little extra room, or prefer an oversized fit. 

measurment chart

our

listed size

tops

(pit to pit)

Bottoms

(waist)

xxs

up to 30"

up to 22"

xs

30" - 33"

22" - 25"

S

33" - 36"

25" - 28"

m

36" - 39"

28" - 31"

l

39" - 42"

31" - 34"

XL

42" - 45"

34" - 37"

xxl

45" - 48"

37" - 40"

xxl

48" - 51"

40" - 43"

tops & dress

This includes pretty much everything which covers your top half! Items are laid flat, fastened (if applicable) and the measurement is taken from armpit to armpit at the narrowest point, then this number is doubled to give the chest size.

With dresses, we measure from armpit to armpit and we also check the waist measurement too, making sure both sizes correspond to the same size brackets. If there's a variation between the chest and waist measurement on a dress we'll go with whichever is the smaller size and our team will use their noggins to apply their best estimate.

To find your own size, wrap a tape measure around your chest just under your armpits (or the fullest part of your chest for those with a fair pair...) and take the reading, making sure the tape measure is straight all the way around you and not too loose or too tight. 

bottoms

This includes all skirts, trousers, shorts & joggers.

 

The item is laid flat and fastened (if applicable) and the measurement is taken straight across the waist at the top of the garment. If an item is elasticated such as some skirts, our team will still look at the size when laid flat, though if it's super, super stretchy we may bump it up a size to account for any slackness, we wouldn't want your clothes falling down unexpectedly! 

 

We also use this measurement with dresses, which is taken straight across the waist and compared against the chest measurements.

To find your own size, wrap a tape measure around your waist, just above your hips, keeping the tape measure taught but not too tight.  Take the reading, making sure to keep the tape measure straight all the way around you. 

Accessability

We want everyone to be able to shop our Mystery Boxes and while our size guide is pretty straight forward, we understand this isn't always the case if you have a disability or condition thats means you can't wear certain styles or items. Not ideal if you have no idea what you're getting! While we don't do custom box requests, we'll gladly make adjustments where possible.  

If you have a medical condition or disability and your items need to meet certain specifications, please add a note at checkout detailing your requests, for example if you struggle with certain types of fasteners and would prefer no buttons, or if you need elasticated waistbands for ease, or would prefer certain length skirts due to wheelchair use etc we'll certainly see what we can do. 

 

With regards to severe allergies, we can try to avoid specific materials for you but please note that a significant quantity of our items don't have care labels so our staff may have difficulty with these requests and as such it may delay your order. We also can't guarantee there won't be any cross contamination from irritants such as dust or pet hairs as our items are generally shipped to us in tight bundles and bales from across the globe, so while most items are washed please be aware of this risk.

And on the topic of irritants, if you find certain laundry chemicals to be a problem, please check this page for details on what we use and a full list of ingredients. 

 

between sizes? want a more relaxed fit? size up!

This is a guide only, while we will try to ensure all items as part of a 1kg box will fall into the same size category, there may be slight variances. Please also remember there may be up to a 3" variance between garments in your box, one item may measure 36" at the chest for example, but another may be 39", in this instance both items would fall into the medium bracket. If you fall into two size categories, we recommend you size up - it's easier to adjust if it's slightly too big rather than slightly too small!