• Made in the UK The 'Dee Dee' dress in Black Watch 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, straight 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 as shown in the photo, which is sold separately. This dress now comes with a cute matching brass buckled belt, but can also be worn without as there are no belt loops. Fabric composition: 63% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 3% Elastane. Please note- It has a fitted bodice with only a little stretch so please be careful when pulling the zip up. It is also a slightly smaller fit than our Royal Stewart version so we advise to check 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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  • Made in the UK Rhonda's Revenge in Royal Stewart tartan is a scorching hot wiggle dress, perfect for any occasion. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style, neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves & a bateau straight 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. There is also an 8in vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Please note- This dress is a slightly more generous fit than our Black Watch tartan version due to the fabric being looser. It only has a little stretch so please be careful when pulling it up over the hips & check our size chart before ordering. Fabric composition: 67% Polyester, 29% Viscose, 4% Elastane.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm.
    UK Size US Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm) Bodice Length- from top of bodice (below shoulder) to waist seam 
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm 34"/86cm 38.5cm
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 39cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 39.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 40cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 40.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 41cm
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    With sass, style and elegance in equal measure our Wilma dress is back and already to stir things up. Made from warm feel woven black watch fabric, which has a with a little bit of stretch to give you that scorching bombshell stance. Cut with ¾ Dolman sleeves bodice with functional coat size buttons, hidden back zip and 13” vent at the back 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. Fabric composition: 63% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 3% Elastane. We advise to check 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.
  • 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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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK This sophisticated Black version of our Rhonda's Revenge dress, captures the elegance and panache of 1950's Paris. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves & a straight bateau, back neckline. This dress is made from a high quality, stretch Crepe fabric with a satin lined & front boned bodice. It comes with a 2" matching covered buckle belt which will help draw you in at the waist and this dress has a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. There is also a 7in/18cm at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our Queenie black sunglasses, Victoria faux pearl necklace and Boudoir black satin gloves. Fabric: Luxe Crepe: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane 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) Bodice Length- from top of bodice (below shoulder) to waist seam 
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm 34"/86cm 38.5cm
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 39"cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 39.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 40cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 40.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 41cm
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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK. The Rhonda's Revenge dress in Navy, captures the elegance and panache of 1950's Paris. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves & a straight bateau, back neckline. This dress is made from a high quality, stretch crepe fabric with a satin lined & front boned bodice. It comes with a matching 2" covered buckle belt which will help draw you in at the waist to create the perfect hourglass shape and has a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. There is also a 7in/18cm vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our Connie Lou sunglasses. Luxe Crepe: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane We advise to check our size guide before ordering.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm.
    UK Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm)
    8 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 34"/ 86cm
    10 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 36"/ 91cm
    12 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 38"/ 97cm
    14 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 40"/ 102cm
    16 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 42"/ 107cm
    18 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 44"/ 112cm
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    Designed & manufactured in the UK The Rhonda's Revenge dress Red, captures the elegance and panache of 1950's Paris. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves & a straight bateau, back neckline. She is made from a high quality, stretch crepe fabric which will give you that perfect 50s hourglass figure with a satin lined & front boned bodice. It comes with a 2 inch matching  brass buckled belt which will help draw you in at the waist and this dress has a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. There is also a 7in/18cm vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our Lover's Rock heart clutch bag and rose crystal earrings. 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) Bodice Length- from top of bodice (below shoulder) to waist seam 
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm 34"/86cm 38.5cm
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 39cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 39.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 40cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 40.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 41cm
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    Made in the UK

    Rhonda's Revenge in Black Watch tartan is a scorching hot wiggle dress, perfect for any occasion. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style, neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves & a bateau straight back neckline. This dress is cut from a high quality, traditional woven tartan with a little stretch, which has a warm feel & the bodice is satin lined & front boned with a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. There is also an 7in/18cm vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely and comes with a matching belt! Please note- This dress is a slightly smaller fit than our other Rhonda's Revenge dresses, as it only has a little stretch but is meant to be a tight wiggle so please be careful when pulling it up over the hips & check our size chart before ordering. Wear with our cute little Scotty dog earrings. Fabric: 63% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 3% Elastane.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm.
    UK Size US Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm) Bodice Length- from top of bodice (below shoulder) to waist seam 
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm 34"/86cm 38.5cm
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 39cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 39.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 40cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 40.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 41cm
  • 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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    Limited Edition and exclusively made in the UK. Take a walk on the wild side in our  ‘Tallulah Zulu,' flirty, feline pencil dress. This sassy yet sophisticated frock has smooth Leopard, faux fur collars and matching furry functional buttons & belt.  It also has ¾ length sleeves and a vent at the back of the skirt. Wear with our 50s style black beret. Dress fabric composition: Luxe Crepe: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane Faux fur: 100% Polyester Hand wash 30°

    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 34"/86cm 44.5"/113cm
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28"/71cm 36"/91cm 45"/114cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 45.5"/115cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 46"/117cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/81cm 42"/107cm 46.5"/118cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 47"/119cm
  • Exclusively designed and made in the UK. This striking and sassy wiggle dress is the perfect pin-up pencil, for any occasion. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves & a straight bateau, back neckline. This dress is made from a high quality, stretch cotton with a super cute Red polka dot design which will flatter almost any skin tone and the bodice is satin lined and traditionally front boned with a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. Comes with a matching 2" belt and there is also a 7in/18cm vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to walk freely. Fabric composition: 97% Cotton, 3% Spandex. We advise to check our size guide before ordering.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm)
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm 34"/ 86cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm 36"/ 91cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm 38"/ 97cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm 40"/ 102cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm 42"/ 107cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm 44"/ 112cm
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  • Wear with our Fancy long red satin gloves. This heavenly red polka dot dress features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves and a bateau straight back neckline. It is made from high quality, stretch cotton, with a satin lined & front boned bodice and a concealed zip at the back for a smooth fit. The waist does not have any belt loops which gives you the choice to wear this dress with or without the matching 2" belt. The skirt section is full circle with lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy Ivory or Red petticoats. We advise you to check our size guide at the bottom of the page before ordering. Fabric composition: 97% cotton, 3% elastane We advise to check our size guide 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) Hips (in/cm)
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm -
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm -
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm -
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm -
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm -
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm -
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    Designed & manufactured in the UK  This beautiful, bonny blue tartan is cut from warm feel brushed cotton with functional, brass coloured buttons all the way down and a matching brass buckle 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. Fabric composition: 100% brushed, warm feel 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
  • Designed & manufactured in the UK  Our timelessly elegant Way Out West front buttoned dress, crafted from this striking Mulberry tartan with a brushed warm feel and all functional brass coloured buttons and matching brass buckled belt. She 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 Amethyst beetle brooch. Fabric composition: 100% brushed, warm feel cotton The fabric is non-stretch so please refer to our size chart to ensure you choose the correct size.
    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.
    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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  • Made in the UK. Generous fit so don't be afraid to size down. Our ‘Dee Dee’ drape dress in black flowing, crease free fabric. With heaps of vintage elegance & panache, this chic number makes the perfect stand out evening dress. Comes with a matching 2”belt too! It features an off-the-shoulder, bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves and a bateau straight back neckline. It is made from a high quality, stretch crepe, with a satin lined & front boned bodice and a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. The waist does not have any belt loops which gives you the choice to wear this dress with or without it's matching 2 inch belt. The skirt section is full circle with lashings of fabric and is worn here with one of our fluffy black petticoats, sold separately. Accessorise with our black anchor earrings and our Ritzy silver crystal embellished clutch bag. Fabric: Luxe Crepe, 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane We advise to check our size guide at the bottom of the page before ordering. This dress has quite a bit of stretch so if you want a super-tight bodice you may want to size down. 
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm. Hips are free.
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm)
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 26"/ 66cm -
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28in/ 71cm -
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30"/ 76cm -
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32"/ 81cm -
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34"/ 86cm -
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36"/ 91cm -
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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.