• Made in the UK Our new 'Dee Dee' 50s full circle dress has just graced our collection in this beautifully elegant stretch cotton rose print. She's 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 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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  • 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
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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK Inspired by a 1953, Christian Dior front buttoned pencil dress, our divine Miss Caswell dress is back and enhanced with a coat size button up front, working pockets, revere collars and cut for a stretch ribbed knitted textured fabric. She’s one sophisticated wiggle dress that captures the elegance and chic of the golden starlet age. Fabric: 79% Polyester, 16% Rayon, 5% Spandex Machine wash 30 degrees. We advise you 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 44"
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 44.2"
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 44.5"
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 44.7"
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 45"
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 45.3"
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  • Made in the UK Our new 'Dee Dee' 50s full circle dress in grey leopard, worn here with one of our fluffy black petticoats as shown in the photos and sold separately. This dress is made from high-quality stretch cotton and 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK Inspired by a 1953, Christian Dior design, our divine Miss Caswell 50s pencil dress features coat sized functional buttons, working pockets and revere collars. It is cut from a stretch French Navy, plait weft, knitted fabric with contrast camel buttons. She’s one sophisticated wiggle dress that captures the elegance and chic of the golden starlet age. Wear with our swallow brooch and black satin gloves. Fabric: 79% Polyester, 16% Rayon, 5% Spandex Machine wash 30 degrees. We advise you 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 44"
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 44.2"
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 44.5"
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 44.7"
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 45"
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 45.3"
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  • Made in the UK. A wild dress for wild times, our seductively animalistic ‘Dee Dee’ dress in this fierce feline Leopard print, has roared her way into our collection. She features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline which radiates vintage glamour with classical angled sleeves and a bateau back neckline. It is made from a 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 it's matching 2-inch belt. The skirt section is full circle with lashings of fabric and looks great when worn with one of our fluffy black 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 -
      As we are an independent and only produce small quantities our sizes vary slightly from style to style. Please be careful when pulling the zip up & check our size guide below before ordering. 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 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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  • 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. 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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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK Inspired by a 1953, Christian Dior design, our divine Miss Caswell 50s pencil dress features coat sized functional buttons, working pockets and revere collars. It is cut from a stretch Cookie, plait weft, knitted fabric with contrast dark French Navy buttons. She’s one sophisticated wiggle dress that captures the elegance and chic of the golden starlet age. Wear with our beetle earrings and matching ring. Fabric: 79% Polyester, 16% Rayon, 5% Spandex Machine wash 30 degrees. We advise you 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 44"
    10 38 6 34"/86cm 28in/71cm 36"/91cm 44.2"
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 38"/97cm 44.5"
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 40"/102cm 44.7"
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/86cm 42"/107cm 45"
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 44"/112cm 45.3"
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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK Create that perfect 50s, sassy silhouette with our new sleek wiggle dress in a sophisticated stretch, black pin stripe fabric. 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 cotton fabric which will give you that perfect hourglass figure with a satin lined & front boned bodice. It comes with a 2 inch matching  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. Fabric: 60% Polyester, 34% Rayon, 6% Spandex. 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 Britain. Generous fit so don't be afraid to size down. A totally show stopping extravaganza. Our gracefully glamorous ‘Dee Dee’ dress in Ruby Drape, has lashings of red flowing fabric and comes with a matching 2” belt. 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 red petticoats. Accessorise with our Amore earrings and Red Lover's Rock 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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  • Designed & manufactured in the UK  A dress that's blessed with effortless elegance and glamour, our ‘Way Out West’ Black Watch Tartan swing dress. It is inspired by the style of the great Katharine Hepburn and a Vivienne Westwood shirt dress we have. This chic full circle dress, fastens all the way down with brass coloured buttons and also comes with a vintage metal buckled belt. She is made from a traditional woven Black Watch tartan and features half sleeves with nifty buttoned cuffs and an elegant 50s, semi flared collar.  To create a full on 50s look just pop one of our fluffy black 50s style petticoats underneath, as shown in the photos and sold separately. Wear with our ram's skull brooch. Fabric composition: 63% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 3% Elastane. This dress only has a little stretch so please check our size chart before ordering.
    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 27.5"/ 67cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 35"/ 89cm 29.5"/ 72cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 37"/ 94cm 31.5"/ 77cm 45.5"/ 116cm
    14 42 10 39"/ 99cm 33.5"/ 83cm 46"/ 117cm
    16 44 12 41"/ 104cm 35.5"/ 88cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
    18 46 14 43"/ 109cm 37.5"/ 93cm 46.5"/ 118cm
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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.