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    Our ‘Go West’ 50's shirt dress is inspired by the style of the great Katharine Hepburn and a Vivienne Westwood dress we have too. This retro, country girl cutie is cut from a baby blue, tiny polka dot polycotton, with a flared collar, fastens with 18 front mother of pearl buttons and comes with a cream belt. The fabric is pretty much crease free so will still look totally fabulous when it's time to go home. This dress also comes with a matching belt but equally looks amazing when worn without. To create a full on 50s look just pop one of our fluffy baby blue underneath or wear without with a pair of sneakers and our JoJo pink sunglasses, and hummingbird earrings. 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. Fabric: 35% polyester, 35% 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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    Oh you pretty thing! Our Matilda 50s dress in Pink. She’s one chic little cutie, cut from a soft drape crepe, with contrast Peter-Pan collars, front buttoned bodice and a belt. She can be worn with or without the belt and if you'd like to create a full on 50s look, then just pop one of our fluffy Coral petticoats underneath. For a casual daytime look, wear without the petticoat and slip on some sneakers! Wear with our 'Mod' retro 2 tone 50s sunglasses, Alice faux pearl bracelet and white vintage sun parasol Fabric: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane
    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 27"/ 67cm 43"/ 109cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 29"/ 72cm 43.5"/ 110cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 31"/ 77cm 44"/ 112cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 33"/ 83cm 44.5"/ 113cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 35"/ 88cm 45"/ 114cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 37"/ 93cm 45.5"/ 116cm
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    ‘Matilda’ Ivory Peter Pan Collar 50s Dress

    £58.00 £38.00
    Summertime & the livin is easy, fish are jumping, and our dresses are fly. Our 'Matilda' full circle dress in Ivory features lavender contrast Peter Pan collar, buttons and belt. She can be worn with or without the belt and if you'd like to create a full on 50s look, then just pop one of our fluffy lavender petticoats underneath. For a casual daytime look, wear without the petticoat and slip on some sneakers! Wear with our JoJo Lilac sunglasses, Ivory satin gloves and Belle Cartwheel hat. Fabric: 92% Polyester, 8% Elastane
    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 27"/ 67cm 43"/ 109cm
    10 38 6 34"/ 86cm 29"/ 72cm 43.5"/ 110cm
    12 40 8 36"/ 91cm 31"/ 77cm 44"/ 112cm
    14 42 10 38"/ 97cm 33"/ 83cm 44.5"/ 113cm
    16 44 12 40"/ 102cm 35"/ 88cm 45"/ 114cm
    18 46 14 42"/ 107cm 37"/ 93cm 45.5"/ 116cm
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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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    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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    Made in the UK 🇬🇧 and limited Edition. Something fabulous for all you magical creatures 🦄 Escape from reality with our enchanting Unicorn rockabilly dress, splashed with gold stars. This halterneck pencil dress is made from the finest quality cotton with 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. Wear with our blue vintage sun parasol, hummingbird earrings and sin city sunglasses 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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    ‘Dee Dee’ 50s Flamingo Full Circle Dress

    £69.00 £40.00
    Made in the UK. This beautiful piece of Flamingo paradise is cut from the finest quality stretch cotton with a traditionally front boned, satin lined bodice and dreamy full circle skirt section. She also has a concealed zip at the back for smooth fit. The waist doesn't have any belt loops which gives you the choice to wear this dress with it's matching 2 inch belt or without . To create a full on 50s look just pop one of our fluffy petticoats underneath. We advise to check our size guide at the bottom of the page before ordering. Wear with our candyfloss pink petticoat as pictured! Fabric: 97% cotton, 3% spandex
    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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    A limited edition wonder wiggle. Bring a little piece of paradise to your summer wardrobe with this sizzling little number. She is cut from high quality stretch cotton with a bright and bold tropical lily print.  She features an off-the-shoulder, bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves. The bodice is lined and front boned with a matching 2” belt. The zip is concealed at the back of the dress for smooth fit and there is a 7in/18cm vent to the rear of the skirt to allow you to wiggle freely. To look even more sassy, wear with our JoJo pink sunglasses. This dress is very figure hugging and will give you that perfect vintage bombshell look. We advise to check our size chart before ordering. Fabric: 96% Cotton, 4% Spandex. Made in the UK
    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.
  • Our ‘Go West’ full circle, 50's shirt dress is inspired by the style of the great Katharine Hepburn and a Vivienne Westwood dress we have. This retro, country girl cutie is cut from a Navy stripe polycotton, with a flared collar, fastens with 18 front mother of pearl buttons and comes with a cream belt. The fabric is pretty much crease free so will still look totally fabulous when it's time to go home. This dress also comes with 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 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. Accessorise with our Belle Cartwheel sun hat We purposely made this dress without belt loops so you can wear it without the belt or you can add your own belt. This dress is non-stretch so please check our size guide below before ordering. Fabric: 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton.
    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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  • 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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    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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    Our adorable country girl shirt dress the ‘Way Out West’, is back in her full flowing fabulousness in Baby blue gingham! 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 as pictured. Wear with our 2 tone 'Mod' 50s 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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  • British made 🇬🇧, all occasion must have frock.

    Our sophisticated Wanda wiggle is a classic 50’s pencil dress in a luxurious Red, stretch crepe fabric. This timelessly elegant frock, radiates Parisian chic. She has a V-shaped neckline & a flattering gathered and lined bodice with a matching belt. This dress is very figure hugging and will emphasise your curves in all the right places. The skirt section also has a back vent to help you wiggle about. 

    We advise to refer to our size guide before ordering.

    UK Size EU Size US Size Bust (in/cm) Waist (in/cm) Hips (in/cm) Length
    8 36 4 32"-33"/ 81-84cm 25"-26"/ 64-66cm 34"-35"/ 86-89cm 41.5"/105cm
    10 38 6 34"-35"/ 86-89cm 27"-28"/ 69-71cm 36"-37"/ 91-94cm 42"/107cm
    12 40 8 36"-37"/ 91-94cm 29"-30"/ 74-76cm 37"-38"/ 94-97cm 42.5"/108cm
    14 42 10 38"-39"/ 97-99cm 31"-32"/ 79- 81cm 39"-40"/ 99-102cm 43"/109cm
    16 44 12 41"-42"/ 104-107cm 33"-34"/ 84-86cm 41"-42"/ 104-107cm 43.5"/110cm
    18 46 14 43"-44"/ 109-112cm 35"-36"/ 89-91cm 43"-44"/ 109-112cm 44"/112cm
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  • Time to be an agent of chic in our Black Wanda pencil dress. This London made piece of elegance shows simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. It is cut from a luxurious Black fabric. This timelessly elegant frock, radiates Parisian chic. She has a V-shaped neckline & a flattering gathered and lined bodice with a matching belt. This dress is very figure hugging and will emphasise your curves in all the right places. The skirt section also has a back vent to help you wiggle about. 

    Fabric: 81% Polyester, 15% Viscose, 4% Spandex.

    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"-33"/ 81-84cm 25"-26"/ 64-66cm 34"-35"/ 86-89cm 41.5"/105cm
    10 38 6 34"-35"/ 86-89cm 27"-28"/ 69-71cm 36"-37"/ 91-94cm 42"/107cm
    12 40 8 36"-37"/ 91-94cm 29"-30"/ 74-76cm 37"-38"/ 94-97cm 42.5"/108cm
    14 42 10 38"-39"/ 97-99cm 31"-32"/ 79- 81cm 39"-40"/ 99-102cm 43"/109cm
    16 44 12 41"-42"/ 104-107cm 33"-34"/ 84-86cm 41"-42"/ 104-107cm 43.5"/110cm
    18 46 14 43"-44"/ 109-112cm 35"-36"/ 89-91cm 43"-44"/ 109-112cm 44"/112cm
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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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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.