Retro Style: Plus Size Comparison

Hello lovelies!

I like to take advantage of the sweet deals at this time of year from independent clothing companies (doing rockabilly, retro, pinup, or vintage style) as they don’t often go on sale throughout the year. This week, Retroglam (Rowena on Whyte Ave in Edmonton) had a sale of 40% off on Boxing Day and 30% off for Boxing Week. Blame Betty and Kitty Canuck are also having sales.

As I was doing my research on sizing online – since I was out of town visiting family – I had a hard time finding size comparisons between brands. You likely already know that indie sizing may be far from the size you are used to buying. I ended up buying based on my measurements at a minimum with some larger options in the mix.

Below you will find my size comparison between the retro/indie clothing I own. My “regular” current sizing for baseline: 18UK top & bottom with Asos, XL-1X for Modcloth, 14-16 (XL) at Ricki’s, 1X-2X for Forever 21 Plus. Feel free to ask me anything specific in the comments.


1x Banned Wanderlust Skirt – 3XL – Perfect Fit.

1x Banned Starlight Petticoat (Crinoline) in Pink – XL/2XL – Perfect Fit.

1x Banned Flickers Bolero in Red – 2XL – Good fit, maybe slightly larger than needed.

Bettie Page

XXL Skirt (Unknown Style) – Good fit – fits smaller than the Banned 3XL, close to Hell Bunny 2XL.

4XL Dress – After taking in the straps to make them shorter, perfect fit.

Heart of Haute

1x Heart of Haute Gypsy Skirt in Roses are Red – 1XL – Too small & I believe I would need a 3XL in this one.

1x Heart of Haute Marilyn Top in Black – 1XL – Good fit but there is a lot of room so I could easily stand to go one size smaller to the XL.

Hell Bunny

1x Hell Bunny Tara 50s Skirt in Black – 2XL – Slightly smaller than the Banned 3XL, but only off by about 1 inch.

1x Hell Bunny Martie Skirt in Mint – 2XL – Same as above, about 1 inch too small.

Hell Bunny Elise Top – 3XL – Good fit, like the Heart of Haute 1XL.

Rock Steady – Men’s

1x Rock Steady Loose Lips Mens Ringer Tee – M – A little tight, but fits how I wanted it.

Let me know in the comments if you have similar comparisons!


One thought on “Retro Style: Plus Size Comparison

  1. Thanks for the mention! Sizing is something I am constantly mentioning to our vendors. There isn’t a large enough range of sizing, along with consistency. We provide size charts for each product on the product page to make it easier to view instead of having to search through a list of charts.


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