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Insuring Your New Gothic Clothing Item Fits

      Buying gothic clothing online can be exciting (and addictive!) but the one question that every goth girl and guy faces before making a purchase is 'will it fit'? For real goth fashionistas, this can become the equivalent of 'to be or not to be' (translated into the present terms as 'to buy or not to buy?') And the issue is not completely undeserving of attention. Not only does one obviously have no way of trying things on, some of the most seductive goth clothing designers like Lip Service and Heavy Red are notoriously inconsistent when it comes to sizing. Couple that with the variety of goth clothing manufacturers around, each of whom have their own idea of what sizing should be (and don't forget vintage items!), and you have a veritable hell for goth clothing lovers, where buying online seems to be designed to provoke frustration and disappointment.

      But do not despair just yet! As an online goth clothing retailer with years of experience, we know a way to try to make up for the lack of the ability to try things on, which will open your way to the huge variety of goth clothing available online. For starters, take out your (soft) measuring tape and measure yourself around your bust/chest (the fullest part of the breast about the line of your nipples), your waist (the narrowest point on your body), your low waist (around 2 inches below the waist) and your hips (the fullest part of your buttocks).

      All done? Now you are ready to start purchasing from our online store! Just compare your measurements with the ones we provide in the descriptions of the garment you like and you will be on the way to making that enticing goth beauty yours in the right size in no time!

      But how can that help, you ask, if the goth manufacturers are so inconsistent? Well, this is because we actually measure every single item we carry in our store by hand to provide you with precise measurements you can rely on!

      Of course, do not forget that the type of material and garment will influence your estimated fit. For example, stretchy material will be more forgiving and items that are worn over other clothes will need to have allowances for extra layers. For corsets, choose 1-2" smaller than your natural waist (think about the little gap in the back and the squishy factor!). Use common sense (as well as the items you already own in approximately the same style/material, which you can also measure) as your guiding principle.

      Even though knowing the actual measurements is what will really help you avoid problems later on, there are situations where the official goth clothing manufacturers' charts will also be helpful (think stretchy garments: fishnet, spandex, etc.). Therefore, in addition to the actual measurements found in the description of the items, you can find the official charts for Lip Service, Heavy Red and Jeannie Nitro, some of the major gothic clothing companies, whose items you will find in our boutique.

      Still not sure or have a question about a particular item? Just e-mail us through our 'contact us' form and we'll try to help.

Lip Service

Women's Sizes
Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Bust 31.5-33.5" (80-85cm) 33-35" (84-89cm) 35-37" (89-94cm) 37-39" (94-99cm) 39-41" (99-104cm)
Waist 22.5-24.5" (57-61cm) 24-26" (61-66cm) 26-28" (66-71cm) 28-30" (71-76cm) 30-33" (76-84cm)
Hips 34-36" (86-92cm) 35.5-37.5" (90-95cm) 37.5-39.5" (95-100cm) 39.5-41.5 (100-105cm) 41.5-43.5 (105-110cm)

Men's Sizes
Size Small Medium Large X-Large
Chest 34-37" (86-94cm) 37-40" (94-102cm) 40-43" (102-109cm) 43-46" (109-117cm)
Waist 27-30" (69-76cm) 30-34" (76-86cm) 34-36" (86-91cm) 36-38" (91-96cm)

Average inseam for women = 32" (81cm);
Average inseam for men = 34" (86cm);

Men's Sizes
Size Small Medium Large X-Large
Chest 38" (96cm) 40" (101cm) 42" (107cm) 44" (112cm)

Heavy Red

Women's Sizes
Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Size 00/0 1/2-3/4 5/6-7/8 9/10-11/12 13/14
Bust 30-31" (76-79cm) 32-33" (81-84cm) 34-35" (86-89cm) 36-37" (91-94cm) 38-40" (96-101cm)
Waist 21-22" (53-56cm) 23-24" (58-61cm) 25-26" (63-66cm) 27-29" (68-74cm) 30-31" (76-79cm)
Hips 32-33" (81-84cm) 34-35" (86-89cm) 36-37" (91-94cm) 38-39" (68-74cm) 40-42" (101-106cm)

Men's Sizes
Size Small Medium Large X-Large
Chest 33-36" (84-91cm) 37-40" (94-101cm) 41-43" (104-109cm) 44-48" (112-122cm)
Waist 26-28" (66-71cm) 29-32" (73-81cm) 33-36" (84-91cm) 37-39" (94-99cm)

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