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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. This dress can be accessorised with our 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 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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    ‘An Aztec Tale’ Sugar Skulls 50s Pencil Dress

    £60.00 £30.00
    Made in the UK exclusively by British Retro Our Day of the Dead, halterneck pencil dress, 'An Aztec Tale', is a rockabilly must-have made from the finest quality cotton with beautifully detailed printing. It has a lined bodice and 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. We advise to check our size guide 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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    A new, jolly summer number, our ‘Go West’ 50's shirt dress in navy sunflower, inspired by the style of the great Katharine Hepburn and a Vivienne Westwood dress we have too. This retro, country girl cutie features a flared collar and fastens with 18 front mother of pearl buttons.  She has a matching belt but equally looks amazing when worn without. To create a full on 50s look just pop one of our fluffy ivory petticoats underneath 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 yellow orchid hair clips and Beloved heart 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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    Saddle up ladies she’s the perfect dress for roaming the wild frontier. A super kitsch Limited Edition. She has a lined & front boned bodice, 2 cute covered buttons and a side zip. The fabric is 100% finest quality Cotton which is non-stretch, with beautifully detailed printing and an elasticated back panel for extra stretch around the bust. Wear this dress with a pair of our super cute parrot earrings.

    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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    Seize the Night Halterneck Retro Skull Pencil Dress

    £60.00 £35.00
    All ready for you rockabilly gals to Seize the Night, our new ‘Carpe Noctem’ pencil dress, in this glorious new halterneck style. She is covered in macabre royal skulls which are beautifully printed in fine detail. This dress has a lined bodice with 2 cute covered buttons, a side zip and crafted from the finest quality cotton which is non-stretch. It also has an elasticated back panel for extra stretch around the bust area. Wear with our ‘Seize the Night’ skull ring and skull clutch bag Fabric composition: 100% Cotton with an elasticated back panel to allow stretch around the bust and waist.

    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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    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 four ring 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 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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    Our adorable country girl shirt dress the ‘Way Out West’, is back in her full flowing fabulousness in Tiny Baby Blue polka dot! This beauty is inspired by the style of the great Katharine Hepburn and a Vivienne Westwood dress we have. She's cut from a soft, baby blue gingham poly-cotton which has minimal creasing and fastens with 18, front mother of pearl buttons. This dress features half sleeves with nifty buttoned cuffs and an elegant 50s, semi flared collar with a matching 1.5" belt. The skirt is full circle so just pop underneath one of our fluffy Ivory petticoats 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 'JoJo' Pink sunglasses. 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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    Made in the UK Become sartorially sassy  in our raunchy Rhonda's Revenge, little black pencil dress crafted from silky stretch satin.  It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style, neckline which radiates the vintage glamour of the 50s with classical angled sleeves & a bateau back neckline. 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. Fabric composition: 97% Polyester, 3% Spandex. Please note- This dress 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.
    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 striking and sassy wiggle dress is the perfect pin-up pencil, for any occasion. 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 cotton with a bright Red, English Rose design which will flatter almost any skin tone and the bodice is satin lined and traditionally boned with 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 walk freely. Comes with a matching 2" belt. Fabric: 97% Cotton, 3% Spandex. DRY CLEAN ONLY We advise to check our size guide before ordering.
    Length of skirt section is 27.5"/ 70cm.
    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
      As we are an independent and only produce small quantities our sizes vary slightly from style to style. Please be careful when trying on this dress and make sure you unzip it beforehand. 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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    South Pacific Tropical Strapless 50s Swing Dress

    £55.00 £40.00
    Swing with joy with this little piece of tropical paradise, our South Pacific strapless full circle dress. Pop a flower in your hair, slip off to the Tiki bar and look way beyond fabulous 🌺. Lovingly made in London. She is cut from a beautiful quality, pure non-stretch cotton, has a lined & front boned bodice with padded cups on the bust for enhancement and support, 2 cute covered buttons and an elasticated back panel for extra stretch around the bust. The skirt is full circle, perfect to swing and swirl about in. She also comes with a matching belt. This dress also looks great when worn with one of our fluffy Ivory petticoats.

    We advise to refer to our size chart before ordering.

    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Skirt length (in/cm) Bodice Length (in/cm)
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm 25"/63.5cm 11.5"/29cm
    10 38 6 34"/81cm 28"/71cm 25"/63.5cm 11.75"/30cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 25"/63.5cm 12"/30.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 25"/63.5cm 12.25"/31cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/81cm 25"/63.5cm 12.5"/32cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 25"/63.5cm 12.75"/32.5cm
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    Our darling ‘Lola Lu’ in Red glorious Gingham, is cut from a soft easy iron fabric, which is pretty much crease free with a lined & front boned bodice. There are padded cups on the bust for enhancement and support, 2 cute covered buttons and an elasticated back panel for extra stretch around the bust. The skirt is full circle, perfect to swing and swirl about in. She also comes with a matching belt. This dress also looks great when worn with one of our fluffy Ivory petticoats.

    We advise to refer to our size chart before ordering.

    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Skirt length (in/cm) Bodice Length (in/cm)
    8 36 4 32"/81cm 26"/66cm 25"/63.5cm 11.5"/29cm
    10 38 6 34"/81cm 28"/71cm 25"/63.5cm 11.75"/30cm
    12 40 8 36"/91cm 30"/76cm 25"/63.5cm 12"/30.5cm
    14 42 10 38"/97cm 32"/81cm 25"/63.5cm 12.25"/31cm
    16 44 12 40"/102cm 34"/81cm 25"/63.5cm 12.5"/32cm
    18 46 14 42"/107cm 36"/91cm 25"/63.5cm 12.75"/32.5cm
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    With plenty of grandiose & glory you’ll be taking a wiggle on the wild side with our ‘Dead of Night’ pencil dress.  The perfect frock for hanging about looking fatally wonderful. This dress has a lined bodice with 2 cute covered buttons, a side zip and crafted from the finest quality cotton which is non-stretch. It also has an elasticated back panel for extra stretch around the bust. Accessorise with our rockabilly sugar skull earrings. Fabric: 100% Cotton with an elasticated back panel to allow stretch around the bust and waist.

    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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    Designed & manufactured in the UK Capturing the elegance & panache of 50s femininity, our Rhonda’s Revenge in striking Irish tartan.  This dress features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot-style neckline with classical angled sleeves & a bateau back neckline. She is cut from a high quality stretch crepe fabric with a satin lined & front boned bodice. This dress comes with a matching brass buckled belt, which will help draw you in at the waist to create the perfect hourglass shape, or you can wear without. There is also a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit and an 8" vent at the back of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. 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 When in doubt wear red! Make an entrance with this timeless beauty, our Rhonda’s Revenge pencil dress, cut from this ravishing red stretch jacquard fabric and she comes with a matching 2” belt. This dress is very figure hugging, giving you that perfect vintage bombshell look. It features an off-the-shoulder, Bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves and a straight bateau, back neckline with a satin lined and front boned bodice. It has a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit and an 7in/18cm vent to the rear of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Fabric: 51% Cotton, 46% Polyester, 3% Spandex. 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
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    Designed & manufactured in the UK Our Rhonda’s Revenge pencil dress in this gorgeous red poppy print with a matching 2” belt. This dress is very figure hugging, giving you that perfect vintage bombshell look. She features an off-the-shoulder, bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves and a straight bateau, back neckline with a satin lined and front boned bodice. This dress also has a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit and an 7in/18cm vent to the rear of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. Wear with our rose earrings. Fabric: 97% Polyester, 3% 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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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.