• Designed & manufactured in the UK A new figure-hugging 50’s style pencil, our Little Nell dress in this refined black pin stripe. She's crafted from a Luxe stretch crepe, with Peter-Pan collars and half sleeves with little turn up cuffs. She comes with a detachable dandy black chiffon scarf. 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 vintage style black satin gloves and our pearl diamanté Lover's Rock bag. 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 🇬🇧 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. Accessorise with our blue Arachnid spider 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.
    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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  • 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 Smoke 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"
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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. It can also be worn with an ivory petticoat to match the faux fur collar and cuffs. Accessorise with our vintage style black satin glovesfresh water pearl drop earrings and Love Affair black velvet bag. 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 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 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 (as picture on our Smoke version) 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 50's style black satin gloves and gun metal ram's skull brooch 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"
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  • 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. 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 40cm
    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 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 at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our Lover's Rock black velvet bag5 tier 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 🇬🇧 Our timelessly elegant Way Out West front buttoned dress, crafted from this striking Celtic Green 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. 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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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK A new figure-hugging 50’s style pencil, our Little Nell dress in this refined Smoke pin stripe. She's crafted from a Luxe stretch crepe, with Peter-Pan collars and half sleeves with little turn up cuffs. She comes with a detachable dandy black chiffon scarf. 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 diamante dragonfly brooch. 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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  • As we are an independent we recommend to order one item for your first purchase to get a feel for size. 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 Plum 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 mini cherry earrings and Amethyst crystal spider 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

    Take a walk on the wild side in our new Rhonda's Revenge in wild Leopard. 

    She 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. There's a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit and a 7in/18cm vent to the rear of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our retro cherry earrings. This dress is also available in full circle style! Fabric: 96% Cotton, 4% Elastane. The fabric only has a little stretch so 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
      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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  • Back in stock and our last batch! 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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  • 360° PRODUCT VIEW   Made in the UK Our new Dee Dee dress in red jacquard has a satin lined and front boned bodice 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 red petticoats underneath. This dress also comes with a cute matching belt too. Match with our long red satin glovesred crystal embellished clutch bag and red rose hair clip. Fabric- 51% Cotton, 46% Polyester, 3% Spandex 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 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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  • Out of stock
    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. It can also be worn with an ivory petticoat to match the faux fur collar and cuffs. Accessorise with our Lover's Rock red heart clutch bag and rose earrings to complete the look. 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

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.