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Vintage sizes such as 'WMS', 'WX', 'OS' and 'XOS' can be difficult to understand these days and the actual sizes varied quite a bit between manufacturers. A vintage sizing comparison chart like the one below can only give approximate guidance. Therefore our advice would be to use this vintage system of sizing as a very rough guide only and use the actual measurements of each garment instead - only that way can you be absolutely sure of accuracy.
British made garments displaying the same size regularly had a margin of error of up to 2 inches until 1951 when the BS1445 standard was introduced in order to inspire trust and confidence in sizing for shoppers.
To make matters more confusing still there was a similar but different system in use in mid-century Australia that appears to be finer than the British system and used terms such as XSSW, SSW, SW, W, SOS, OS and XOS.
A British newspaper ad from 1958 showing vintage sizes like WMS, WX and OS.
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Do you love the silky soft nylon slips of yesteryear? From this much longer movie we have isolated the nicer bit showing the lovely slips for your visual delight, part of a much longer promotional movie made in 1941 by Bur-Mil Rayon Fabrics called 'Tomorrow Always Comes'. Enjoy.