• Made in the UK. Limelight embroidered floral chiffon. New & ultra glamourous, our ‘Limelight’ evening dress! This opulent beauty is a super Limited Edition. She is made from a lavish, embroidered floral chiffon covered over a black satin under-dress and comes with a 3” black satin belt too. To create the full skirt look just pop one of our black petticoats underneath as shown and sold separately. Accessorise with our faux pearl necklace. Fabric and care- 100% polyester, Dry Clean Only We advise checking our size chart before ordering.
    Skirt length 27.5"/ 70cm. Hips are free.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Total Length- from shoulder to hem 
    8 36 4 30"/ 76cm 25"/ 64cm 43"/ 109cm
    10 38 6 32"/ 81cm 27"/ 69cm 43.3"/ 110cm
    12 40 8 34"/ 86cm 29"/ 74cm 43.6"/ 111cm
    14 42 10 36"/ 91cm 31"/ 79cm 44"/ 112cm
    16 44 12 38"/ 97cm 33"/ 84cm 44.5"/ 113cm
    18 46 14 40"/ 102cm 35"/ 89cm 44.8"/ 114cm
      As we are an independent and only produce small quantities our sizes vary slightly from style to style. All garments have been carefully measured, therefore to ensure the very best fit, we suggest taking your own body measurements, whilst wearing light-weight clothing/ underwear and standing up straight, and compare these to our size chart.
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  • Made in the UK and a very Limited Edition. Breaking hearts with style & grace, our beautiful new Limelight evening dress. This dress is made from an opulent and gorgeous gold foil floral print, overlaid on a black satin under-dress. She comes with a glamourous 3” black satin belt too. To create the full skirt look just pop one of our black petticoats underneath as shown and sold separately. Accessorise with our faux pearl necklace. Fabric and care- 100% polyester, Dry Clean Only We advise checking our size chart before ordering.
    Skirt length 27.5"/ 70cm. Hips are free.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Total Length- from shoulder to hem 
    8 36 4 30"/ 76cm 25"/ 64cm 43"/ 109cm
    10 38 6 32"/ 81cm 27"/ 69cm 43.3"/ 110cm
    12 40 8 34"/ 86cm 29"/ 74cm 43.6"/ 111cm
    14 42 10 36"/ 91cm 31"/ 79cm 44"/ 112cm
    16 44 12 38"/ 97cm 33"/ 84cm 44.5"/ 113cm
    18 46 14 40"/ 102cm 35"/ 89cm 44.8"/ 114cm
      As we are an independent and only produce small quantities our sizes vary slightly from style to style. All garments have been carefully measured, therefore to ensure the very best fit, we suggest taking your own body measurements, whilst wearing light-weight clothing/ underwear and standing up straight, and compare these to our size chart.
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  • Dee Dee Black Satin Jacquard Full Circle Dress
    Made in the UK Our new Dee Dee dress in black satin jacquard has a satin lined and front boned bodice with a concealed zip at the back for a smooth fit. The full circle skirt section has lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy black petticoats underneath. This dress also comes with a cute matching belt too. Pictured with our boudoir long black gloves and Victoria necklace. Fabric- The fabric is a satin jacquard with a bit of stretch and is pretty much crease-free. The composition is: 51% Cotton, 46% Polyester, 3% Spandex. We advise checking our size chart before ordering.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm. Hips are free.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Bodice Length- from top of bodice (below shoulder) to waist seam 
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 38.5cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 39cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 39.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 40cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 40cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 41cm
      As we are an independent and only produce small quantities our sizes vary slightly from style to style. All garments have been carefully measured, therefore to ensure the very best fit, we suggest taking your own body measurements, whilst wearing light-weight clothing/ underwear and standing up straight, and compare these to our size chart.
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  • Exclusively made in London. Vintage glamour & romance is in abundance with this super-starlet, Wow-Wee From Kitty with Love dress in Ivory drape. This full-circle frock captures the true essence of 50s splendour & elegance. It has fabulous, luxury quality faux fur collars and cuffs and is made from a Luxe drapey, stretch crepe. The full circle skirt section has lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy petticoatssold separately, but is totally amazing without a petticoat too. Accessorise with our vintage style Victoria necklace as pictured and satin gloves. DRY CLEAN ONLY (Do not Iron). Luxe Crepe: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane Faux Fur: 90% Acrylic, 10% Polyester We advise checking our size chart before ordering.  
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Total Length- (from top of collar to seam) 
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 45.5"/ 115.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 45.75"/ 116cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 46"/ 117cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
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  • Made in the UK and a very Limited Edition. A time to shine! Our new lavish ‘Limelight’ 50's full circle evening dress is made from an embellished sequin chiffon fabric with cute black 3D daisies and a black satin under-dress. She also comes with a 3” black satin belt. To create the full skirt look just pop one of our black petticoats underneath as shown and sold separately. Accessorise with our long black lace gloves and faux pearl necklace. Fabric and care- 100% polyester, Dry Clean Only We advise checking our size chart before ordering.
    Skirt length 27.5"/ 70cm. Hips are free.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Total Length- from shoulder to hem 
    8 36 4 30"/ 76cm 25"/ 64cm 43"/ 109cm
    10 38 6 32"/ 81cm 27"/ 69cm 43.3"/ 110cm
    12 40 8 34"/ 86cm 29"/ 74cm 43.6"/ 111cm
    14 42 10 36"/ 91cm 31"/ 79cm 44"/ 112cm
    16 44 12 38"/ 97cm 33"/ 84cm 44.5"/ 113cm
    18 46 14 40"/ 102cm 35"/ 89cm 44.8"/ 114cm
      As we are an independent and only produce small quantities our sizes vary slightly from style to style. All garments have been carefully measured, therefore to ensure the very best fit, we suggest taking your own body measurements, whilst wearing light-weight clothing/ underwear and standing up straight, and compare these to our size chart.
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  • With sass, style and elegance in equal measures, our Wilma dress is back and already to stir things up, made from a woven indigo check, which has ample stretch to move about in. She has ¾ Dolman sleeves and the bodice features 5 functional wooden buttons. At the back of the dress, there is a hidden back zip and a 13” vent at the bottom of the skirt to help you walk. In keeping with the original 1950s style, we kept the length of this dress long which gives you the choice to take it up if you wish. Wear with our wine 50s style beret and our enamel cherry brooch. Fabric composition: 70% Polyester, 25% Rayon, 5% Spandex. We advise checking our size guide before ordering.
    All our garments have been carefully measured. Length from shoulder to hem on all sizes is 45"/ 114cm.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm)
    8 36 4 31-32"/79- 81cm 26- 27"/66- 69cm 33- 34"/84- 86cm
    10 38 6 33- 34"/84- 86cm 28- 29"/71- 74cm 35- 36"/89- 91cm
    12 40 8 35- 36"/89- 91cm 31- 32"/79- 81cm 37- 38"/94- 97cm
    14 42 10 37- 38"/94- 97cm 33- 34"/84- 86cm 39- 40"/99- 102cm
    16 44 12 39- 40"/99- 102cm 35- 36"/89- 91cm 41- 42"/104- 107cm
    18 46 14 41- 42"/104- 107cm 37- 38"/94- 97cm 43- 44"/109- 112cm
    Please note: the Wilma dress in Black Watch has less stretch than our Royal Stewart version so is a slightly tighter fit. To ensure the very best fit we suggest taking your own body measurements in your underwear and compare these to our size chart.
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  • Exclusively made in London. The most magical of frocks is back & ready to enchant your festivities. Our lavish winter wonder ‘From Kitty with Love’ dress in ruby red with faux fur collars & cuffs. This full-circle frock captures the true essence of 50s splendour & elegance. It has fabulous, luxury quality faux fur Cream collars and cuffs and is made from a Luxe drapey, stretch crepe. The full circle skirt section has lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy Red petticoats as pictured but is totally amazing without a petticoat too. DRY CLEAN ONLY (Do not Iron). Luxe Crepe: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane Faux Fur: 90% Acrylic, 10% Polyester We advise to check our size chart before ordering.  
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Total Length- (from top of collar to seam) 
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 45.5"/ 115.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 45.75"/ 116cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 46"/ 117cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
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  • Exclusively made in London. Vintage glamour & romance is in abundance with this super-starlet, Wow-Wee From Kitty with Love dress in black drape. This full circle frock captures the true essence of 50s splendour & elegance. It has fabulous, luxury quality faux fur Leopard collars and cuffs and is made from a Luxe drapey, stretch crepe. The full circle skirt section has lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy black petticoats as pictured but is totally amazing without a petticoat too. Accessorise with our vintage style black satin gloves. DRY CLEAN ONLY (Do not Iron). Luxe Crepe: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane Faux Fur: 90% Acrylic, 10% Polyester We advise to check our size chart before ordering.  
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Total Length- (from top of collar to seam) 
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 45.5"/ 115.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 45.75"/ 116cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 46"/ 117cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
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  • Made in the UK Our Dee Dee dress in Emerald jacquard has a satin lined and front boned bodice with a concealed zip at the back for a smooth fit. The full circle skirt section has lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy black petticoats underneath, sold separately. This dress also comes with a cute matching belt too. Fabric- The fabric is a satin jacquard with a bit of stretch and is pretty much crease free. The composition is: 51% Cotton, 46% Polyester, 3% Spandex. We advise checking our size chart before ordering.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm. Hips are free.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Bodice Length- from top of bodice (below shoulder) to waist seam 
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 38.5cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 39cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 39.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 40cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 40cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 41cm
      As we are an independent and only produce small quantities our sizes vary slightly from style to style. All garments have been carefully measured, therefore to ensure the very best fit, we suggest taking your own body measurements, whilst wearing light-weight clothing/ underwear and standing up straight, and compare these to our size chart.
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  • Tallulah Black Watch Full Circle Swing Dress Tallulah Black Watch Full Circle Swing Dress
    Here we go again tapping into our penchant for leopard print, with our new floaty full circle Tallulah dress in a navy stretch crepe with black watch tartan collars, buttons and belt. This dress looks equally as lovely when worn without the belt too! The bodice section has faux fur leopard buttons which aren't just for show and can be unfastened, there is also a concealed zip at the back of the dress for a smooth fit. To add extra volume to the skirt section as shown, just pop one of our fluffy black petticoats underneath. Fabric- Dress: 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex. Collars: 100% Polyester Machine wash 30 degrees We advise to refer to our size chart before ordering.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm) Length
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm Free 44.5"/113cm
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28"/71cm Free 45"/114cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm Free 45.5"/115cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm Free 46"/117cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/81cm Free 46.5"/118cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm Free 47"/119cm
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  • Made in the UK The 'Dee Dee' dress in Royal Stewart tartan is perfect for any occasion. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style, neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves & a bateau back neckline. This dress is made from a high quality, traditional woven tartan which has a warm feel & the bodice is satin lined & front boned with a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. The full circle skirt section has lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy black petticoats. She also comes with a matching belt but also be worn without as there are no belt loops. Fabric composition: 67% Polyester, 29% Viscose, 4% Elastane. Please note- It has a fitted bodice with only a little stretch so please be careful when pulling the zip up. This dress is a slightly more generous fit than our Black Watch tartan version due to the fabric being looser. We always advise to refer to our size chart before ordering.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm. Hips are free.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Bodice Length- from top of bodice (below shoulder) to waist seam
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 38.5cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 39cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 39.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 40cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 40.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 41cm
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  • Our floaty full circle Tallulah dress in black stretch crepe with traditional royal stewart collars, buttons and belt. This dress looks equally as lovely when worn without the belt too! The bodice section has tartan buttons which aren't just for show and can be unfastened, there is also a concealed zip at the back of the dress for smooth fit. To add extra volume to the skirt section as shown, just pop one of our fluffy black petticoats underneath. Fabric- Dress: 92% Polyester, 8% Spandex. Collars: Poly-Viscose Machine wash 30 degrees We advise to refer to our size chart before ordering.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm) Length
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm Free 44.5"/113cm
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28"/71cm Free 45"/114cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm Free 45.5"/115cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm Free 46"/117cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/81cm Free 46.5"/118cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm Free 47"/119cm
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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK This beautiful, Celtic tartan is cut from a soft woven cotton with functional, brass coloured buttons all the way down and a matching brass buckled belt. This dress features half sleeves with nifty buttoned cuffs and a semi-flared collar.  To create a full on 50s look just pop one of our fluffy black petticoats underneath or wear without for that chic, shirt dress look. Unlike many dressmakers we have also carefully matched up the checks. Wear with our crystal teddy brooch. Fabric composition: 100% cotton. The fabric is non-stretch so please refer to our size chart to ensure you choose the correct size.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Length- top of collar to hem (in/cm)
    8 36 4 33"/ 84cm 26.5"/ 67cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 35"/ 89cm 28.5"/ 72cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 37"/ 94cm 30.5"/ 77cm 45.5"/ 116cm
    14 42 10 39"/ 99cm 32.5"/ 83cm 46"/ 117cm
    16 44 12 41"/ 104cm 34.5"/ 88cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
    18 46 14 43"/ 109cm 36.5"/ 93cm 46.5"/ 118cm
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  • With sass, style and elegance in equal measures, our Wilma dress is back and already to stir things up. Made from warm feel woven Royal Stewart tartan, which has a little bit of stretch to give you that scorching bombshell stance. She has ¾ Dolman sleeves and the bodice features 5 functional wooden buttons. At the back of the dress, there is a hidden back zip and a 13” vent at the bottom of the skirt to help you walk. In keeping with the original 1950s style, we kept the length of this dress long which gives you the choice to take it up if you wish. Worn here with our black 50s style beret. Fabric composition: 63% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 3% Elastane. We advise checking our size guide before ordering.
    All our garments have been carefully measured. Length from shoulder to hem on all sizes is 45"/ 114cm.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm)
    8 36 4 31-32"/79- 81cm 26- 27"/66- 69cm 33- 34"/84- 86cm
    10 38 6 33- 34"/84- 86cm 28- 29"/71- 74cm 35- 36"/89- 91cm
    12 40 8 35- 36"/89- 91cm 31- 32"/79- 81cm 37- 38"/94- 97cm
    14 42 10 37- 38"/94- 97cm 33- 34"/84- 86cm 39- 40"/99- 102cm
    16 44 12 39- 40"/99- 102cm 35- 36"/89- 91cm 41- 42"/104- 107cm
    18 46 14 41- 42"/104- 107cm 37- 38"/94- 97cm 43- 44"/109- 112cm
    Please note: the Wilma dress in Black Watch has less stretch than our Royal Stewart version so is a slightly tighter fit. To ensure the very best fit we suggest taking your own body measurements in your underwear and compare these to our size chart.
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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK Introducing our graceful ‘Little Nell’ full circle dress, this new A/W frock offers finesse, elegance, and has an air of Dior’s 1947, 'new look' collection, worn here with one of our fluffy black petticoats sold separately. With Peter Pan collars, she’s cut from a warm feel fabric that has a little stretch, giving you a better fit. She also comes with a matching 2” belt that draws in the waist, and if you fancy a bit of a dandy look, she comes with a black ruffled chiffon scarf. Wear with our Smoke beret, beetle brooch and satin gloves. Fabric: Luxe Crepe: 60% Polyester, 34% Rayon, 6% Spandex Machine wash 30 degrees. We advise to check our size chart before ordering.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm.
    UK Size US Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm) Length- (inches)
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm 34"/86cm 41"
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 41"
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 41.5"
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 41.5"
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 42"
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 42"
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1950s Dresses

Our retro styles are a faithful nod the iconic fashions last seen when Elvis topped the charts, they deliver everything a 50s pin up queen desires. Do we sound a little boastful? We’re just incredibly proud of our fabulous vintage styles and we know you will love them as much as we do…

Demure or sassy? Swirling full circle, flared dresses or wiggle-tight? Vintage babes love to mix it up with high glam or a chilled relaxed style; change the look with heels, flats, a frothy petticoat, a soft fluffy cardigan or bare those shoulders – the same dress, so many different ways! However you choose to wear our dresses you will be sure to gather admiring glances. Buy pinup style dresses at British Retro and you are not just buying a glamourous vintage frock, you are getting an exquisitely tailored garment, designed to flatter every figure and made with care so they’ll look good and last well. No need to go scouring through the jumble sales to get that perfect fitted pencil dress, you can buy pinup style dresses online here at British Retro, available in your size and an ever-changing range of colours and fabrics.