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    Last chance! Our Limited Edition ‘Carry on Screaming’ strapless rockabilly pencil dress is exclusively made in London. This macabre gothic masterpiece has beautifully detailed printing featuring all things malevolent, from voodoo skulls to disturbing witches. If you want to cause a stir this Halloween this glamourous piece of wickedness may be the frock for you. She has a lined & front boned bodice with padded cups in the bust for extra enhancement and support. The fabric is 100% finest quality Cotton which is non-stretch, with an elasticated back panel for extra stretch around the bust. A super sinister limited edition.

    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 36"/91cm 37"/94cm
    10 38 6 34"/81cm 28"/71cm 38"/97cm 37.5"/95cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 40"/102cm 38"/97cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 42"/107cm 38.5"/98cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/81cm 44"/112cm 39"/99cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 46"/117cm 39.5"/100cm
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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.
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    Limited edition! Making that special night, one to remember, with this exquisite vintage style embroidered pencil dress. Our 'Shangri-La' in Jardin is a strapless opulent beauty, made from a luxury black stretch satin and covered with a lavish floral embroidered chiffon. She has a front boned bodice and padded cups too! Wear with our Boudoir long black lace 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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    Last chance! A glorious salute to La Catrina & The Day of the Dead, our ‘All Souls’ pencil dress is all ready to cause a hullabaloo this season. A very Limited Edition. This halterneck pencil dress is made from the finest quality cotton with a lined bodice. She has 2 cute covered buttons on the front of the bodice and an elasticated back panel which adds a little stretch to the waist and bust area but the hips are non-stretch. There is also a concealed zip at the side of the bodice and an 8"vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our Sugar Skull earrings and Catacomb skull clutch bag. Please note: Print placement will vary slightly on each dress due to being a repeat pattern and not a placement. Fabric: 100% cotton. We advise you to check our size chart before ordering.
    Length from shoulder to hem is 42"/ 107cm.
    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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    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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    Black Tallulah 50s Leopard Pencil Dress

    £60.00
    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
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    This halterneck pencil dress is made from the finest quality cotton with a lined bodice. She has 2 cute covered buttons on the front of the bodice and an elasticated back panel which adds a little stretch to the waist and bust area but the hips are non-stretch. There is also a concealed zip at the side of the bodice and an 8"vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Please note: Print placement will vary slightly on each dress due to being a repeat pattern and not a placement. Fabric: 100% cotton. We advise to check our size chart before ordering.
    Length from shoulder to hem is 42"/ 107cm.
    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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    Available in Red and French Navy, this spotty delight is cut from a cute polka dot print cotton, with a full circle skirt section, 50s flared collar and fastens with 18 front mother of pearl buttons.  She has a matching 2" belt but equally looks amazing when worn without. To create a full on 50s look just pop a fluffy Ivory petticoat underneath, which is sold separately, or you can also wear without as in the photo. We purposely made this dress without belt loops so you can wear it without the matching belt, or you can even add your own belt. Wear with our Queenie red sunglasses. Fabric: 100% cotton, non-stretch so please check our size guide below 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 32"/ 81cm 26.5"/ 67cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28.5"/ 72cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30.5"/ 77cm 45.5"/ 116cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32.5"/ 83cm 46"/ 117cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34.5"/ 88cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 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 (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 metal Shark 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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    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"
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    Back in stock, Spring 2021. With classic floral elegance our charming Way Out West dress in a Slate grey floral. She's cut from a soft cotton with a pink floral design and fastens with 18, front mother of pearl buttons. This dress features half sleeves with nifty buttoned cuffs and an elegant, semi flared 50s style collar. Comes with a matching 2" belt too. The skirt is full circle so just pop underneath one of our fluffy ivory petticoats as shown in the photos and sold separately, to create a full on 50s look or wear without for that chic, shirt dress look. Or you can even pop on some sneakers and undo a few buttons for a more casual look! Wear with our mini tea cup and pot earrings. 100% cotton This dress is non-stretch so please check our size guide below 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 32"/ 81cm 26.5"/ 67cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28.5"/ 72cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30.5"/ 77cm 45.5"/ 116cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32.5"/ 83cm 46"/ 117cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34.5"/ 88cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 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. Wear with as pictured with our flower faux pearl pin brooch. Fabric: 79% Polyester, 16% Rayon, 5% 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 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

    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
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    This cute little nautical number is cut from a red anchor print cotton, with a full circle skirt section, 50s flared collar and fastens with 18 front mother of pearl buttons.  She has a matching 2" belt but equally looks amazing when worn without. To create a full on 50s look just pop a fluffy Ivory petticoat underneath, which is sold separately, or you can also wear without. We purposely made this dress without belt loops so you can wear it without the matching belt, or you can even add your own belt. Wear with our anchor earrings. Fabric: 100% cotton, non-stretch so please check our size guide below 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 32"/ 81cm 26.5"/ 67cm 45"/ 114cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 28.5"/ 72cm 45.25"/ 115cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 30.5"/ 77cm 45.5"/ 116cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 32.5"/ 83cm 46"/ 117cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 34.5"/ 88cm 46.25"/ 117.5cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 36.5"/ 93cm 46.5"/ 118cm
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    Made in the UK. Our elegant  ‘Dee Dee’ dress in this blissful Wedgewood blue floral. 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 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 ivory petticoats. Accessorise with our 50s style ivory satin gloves. 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.

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.