• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • With sass, style and elegance in equal measures, our Wilma dress is back and already to stir things up, made from a woven Bottle green 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 deer 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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  • 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 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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  • 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. With Peter Pan collars, she’s cut from a warm feel fabric which 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 an ivory ruffled chiffon scarf. Wear with our black beret 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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    Made in the UK Our 'Dee Dee' 50s full circle dress in this beautifully elegant stretch cotton rose print, is worn here with one of our fluffy black petticoats as shown in the photos and sold separately. This dress 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 to swish and swirl about in, to your heart's content. This dress also comes with a cute matching belt. Fabric-  97% Cotton, 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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    Matilda Dress Blue Linen Full Circle Dress

    £58.00 £38.00
    Our adorable, fresh linen Matilda dress, worn here with a petticoat, sold separately. The skirt section is full circle and the fabric has characteristic natural linen feel with a little bit of stretch, which doesn’t crease like most linens tend to. It’s the perfect fabric for the hottest of days. She has Peter Pan collars, fastens with side zip and 8 working buttons. There is also a 1.5 inch contrast belt with is detachable so can be worn without too. For a casual daytime look, wear without a petticoat and slip on some sneakers! Fabric: 70% Viscose, 27% Linen, 3% Spandex
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Length- top of collar to hem (in/cm)
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 27"/ 67cm 43"/ 109cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 29"/ 72cm 43.5"/ 110cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 31"/ 77cm 44"/ 112cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 33"/ 83cm 44.5"/ 113cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 35"/ 88cm 45"/ 114cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 37"/ 93cm 45.5"/ 116cm
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    Limited edition! A head-turning wonder wiggle. Our Shangri-La strapless evening dress, Little Bud, with a silver stretch-satin body embellished with a delicate floral bud, embroidered chiffon. She has a front boned bodice and padded cups too! Worn here with our satin gloves. Please note- this dress is a small fit due to the embroidered lace being non-stretch, therefore we recommend to size up. Fabric- Inner material: 97% polyester,3% spandex. Overlaid lace: 100% polyester. The fabric only has a little stretch so we advise checking our size chart before ordering.
    Length of dress- 40"/102cm
    UK Size US 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
      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 Our Rhonda's Revenge dress in a graceful and opulent Sky blue baroque jacquard, perfect for weddings and lavish parties. This dress features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves and a straight back neckline with a satin-lined and front boned bodice. She comes with a matching 2" belt, without belt loops so can be worn without too or with any other belt of your choice. There is also a concealed zip at the back of the dress for a smooth fit and a 7in/18cm vent to the rear of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. 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. The fabric only has a little stretch so we advise checking 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
      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 Our Rhonda's Revenge dress in a graceful and opulent Pink baroque jacquard, perfect for weddings and lavish parties. This dress features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves and a straight back neckline with a satin-lined and front boned bodice. She comes with a matching 2" belt, without belt loops so can be worn without too or with any other belt of your choice. There is also a concealed zip at the back of the dress for a smooth fit and a 7in/18cm vent to the rear of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our retro cake earrings. 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. The fabric only has a little stretch so we advise checking 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
      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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  • Summertime picnics, drinking lashings of Pimms in a daisy filled meadow, sets the mood for our adorable, fresh linen Matilda dress, worn here with an ivory petticoat, sold separately. The skirt section is full circle and the fabric has a characteristic natural linen feel with a little bit of stretch, which doesn’t crease like most linens tends to. It’s the perfect fabric for the hottest of days. She has Peter Pan collars, fastens with a side zip and 8 working buttons. There is also a 1.5 inch contrast belt with is detachable so can be worn without too. For a casual daytime look, wear without a petticoat and slip on some sneakers! Also available to natural and blue. Fabric: 70% Viscose, 27% Linen, 3% Spandex
    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Length- top of collar to hem (in/cm)
    8 36 4 32"/ 81cm 27"/ 67cm 43"/ 109cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 29"/ 72cm 43.5"/ 110cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 31"/ 77cm 44"/ 112cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 33"/ 83cm 44.5"/ 113cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 35"/ 88cm 45"/ 114cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 37"/ 93cm 45.5"/ 116cm
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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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    Designed & manufactured in the UK New stylish, sassy threads, cut from a luxe stretch check with Peter-pan collars, half sleeves with little turn up cuffs and comes with a black detachable chiffon scarf to give her an air of the avant-garde. The scarf is cut on the bias to give the ruffle effect, therefore we suggest not to iron to keep the shape. Wear with as pictured with our retro cherry brooch and 50s style Beret. 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- (in/cm)
    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"

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.