• 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.
  • 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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  • DRY CLEAN ONLY 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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  • 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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  • DRY CLEAN ONLY 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 the UK. This heavenly dress radiates femininity & flamboyance, our enchanting ‘From Kitty with Love' in Smoke. She is cut from a luxe crepe, with the finest quality Charcoal, faux fur collars & cuffs. The full circle skirt section has lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy black petticoats, but looks totally amazing without too. We advise to check our size chart before ordering. DRY CLEAN ONLY (Do not Iron). Luxe Crepe: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane Faux Fur: 90% Acrylic, 10% Polyester
    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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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK Our graceful ‘Little Nell’ full circle dress 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 just add a black chiffon scarf. The scarf is not included. 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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  • Our graceful ‘Little Nell’ full circle dress 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 just add a black chiffon scarf. The scarf is not included. 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 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) 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, 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 an ivory ruffled chiffon scarf. Wear with our black beret, beetle brooch and satin gloves, as shown. 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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  • Our pink floral 50's full circle 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 candy floss pink petticoats. The petticoat is sold separately. Fabric composition: 96% cotton, 4% spandex. Wear with our Avalon ivory polka dot gloves, pink sunglasses Cherry Blossom parasol as pictured. 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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  • Our navy tropical, 50's full circle 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 petticoats. The petticoat is sold separately. Fabric composition: 96% cotton, 4% spandex. 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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  • Our Marigold’s Party, 50's full circle 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 petticoats. The petticoat is sold separately. Fabric composition: 96% cotton, 4% spandex. Wear with our JoJo black sunglasses and faux pearl necklace. 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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  • Our blue orchid 50's full circle 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 petticoats. The petticoat is sold separately. Fabric composition: 96% cotton, 4% spandex. 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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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.