Lindy Bop dresses – beautiful reproduction 50’s dresses – authentic 50’s style

We’ve only recently discovered the amazing quality of Lindy Bop 50’s style dresses but now that we have we’re going to posting about them a lot because they’re fabulous!

Lindy Bop have a great selection of really authentic looking 50’s dresses, made with a real eye for detail.

Their range includes pin-up pencil dresses and 50’s ‘wiggle’ dresses, very chic:

50's Black Pencil Dress from Lindy Bop 50's Red Pencil Dress from Lindy Bop 50's style Pencil Dress in Black from Lindy Bop 50's Sailor Style Blue and White Pencil Dress Lindy Bop

(most available in sizes 8-18 UK and an absolute bargain at under £30)

And extravagant or elegant 1950’s style gowns and 50’s cocktail dresses:

50's style Audrey Hepburn black cocktail dress from Lindy Bop 50's style red cocktail dress from Lindy Bop 50's style red polka dot dress from Lindy Bop 50's style light blue polka dot dress from Lindy Bop


Authentic looking 50’s fabrics

The fabric’s used in Lindy Bop’s 1950’s style dresses is different to that of most modern retro dress makers. We won’t mention any particular brands but it’s safe to say that a lot of other brands use obviously modern looking fabrics, which, although might still look pretty cool, means they lose some of their ‘class’ if you’re going for a truly authentic 50’s style.

Perfectly shaped 50’s dresses that hug your curves and give you a great figure!

You only have to watch a few movies or take a look at a photographs of female stars of the 1950’s to see how well the clothing accented their curves and was able to make women of the fifties look irresistible and full of class at the same time.

Lindy Bop have done a great job with recreating this look, with each dress seemingly hugging a woman’s figure in all the right places.

Affordable 1950’s style fashion

Customer reviews for Lindy Bop dresses are extremely positive and yet their prices are affordable for all types of budget.

It’s rare that you can get a well made and beautiful dress from a high street store for under £30 these days, but to be able to get specialist 1950’s dresses of such good quality for this price is amazing!

Shop for Lindy Bop 50’s style dresses now

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Retro pencil dress, blue and white sailor/nautical style – stunning for any occassion!

Shopping from the USA? Check out these Retro Pencil Dresses


We’re in love with this incredbly striking retro dress with a nautical style from ‘Lindy Bop’ on Amazon

Authentic retro style

The authentic 1950s shape of this dress (and others in this line which we will post about very soon) is fantastic and the fabric quality is much closer to the fashions of the fifties than most of the reproduction dresses offered these days.

Blue and white nautical/sailor dress

The stark contrast between the blue body of the dress and the white peter pan style collar and waistband belt create a sailor / nautical look which is a popular classic that comes around again and again in alternative and retro fashion.

The front hem of the dress is pleated with white fabric peaking through, and the dress has white decorative buttons above the slit.

Retro dress sizing and fit

The sizing and fit of the dress are getting great reviews as happy shoppers say this dress has really accentuated their curves, creating an hourglass figure. This shape of dress is known as a ‘pencil dress’ or ‘wiggle dress’.

Great value for money!

At just £27.99 this dress is a total bargain for the quality and style. Snap them up quick before they’re sold out!

» Buy this retro dress now or find out more at Amazon.co.uk

This dress is currently available in sizes 8-18 (UK)

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Floral Print Purse – a cute & colourful 1950’s outfit accessory

The words ‘floral print purse’ may not conjur up images of classy 1950’s women drinking cocktails (more like 1950’s housewives drinking cups of tea), but when I saw this purse, I just had to blog about it.

To be honest, I’m not usually a ‘floral’ kind of gal, but every now and then I’ll spot an item with just the right colours and an intricate or eyecatching design, and I just know the item would be perfect as part of my vintage style accessories collection.

This purse is one of those items. This small vintage style clutch purse is made from white faux leather, but it’s the flower designs that make this a worthwhile buy.

The mix of colours (shades of pink, blue, green, yellow, red, orange, purple) in the floral design tells me to team the purse with bold flat colours, such as outfits in plain black, white or blue.

You could possibly pull this off with a patterned dress, but personally, when using accessories that are particularly eyecatching, I prefer to keep my outfits simple as it draws more attention to the accesory and gives a more ‘chic’ look.

I see this bag ‘popping’ with all black outfits such as a 50’s style plain black boat neck top and black pencil skirt.

Or perhaps, if you’re going for a softer look – paired with a white or soft pink retro cardigan, a light dress and flats.

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Recommended reading for lovers of 1950’s fashion

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Vintage vs. Reproduction – 1950’s style clothing choices

As with most things in life there are pro’s and con’s to both options when it comes to authentic vintage 1950’s clothing versus reproduction items – modern made clothing in a 1950’s style.

Let’s start with vintage fifties clothing…

When it comes to getting a retro style right, you can’t go wrong with vintage. These are the authentic items from the decade and you can’t get more genuine than that!

But, there are definite problems with wearing vintage outfits…

A lot of the fabric’s used in the 1950’s did not have the comfort or usability of the clothing we know and love today. Fabrics in vintage clothing can be coarse, uncomfortable and may shown signs of serious wear.

Another problem with vintage is sizing. In general, people were slimmer back then and many women wore girdles, and so finding fifties clothing that fits and looks natural on a modern body can be a real struggle. If you’re a larger lady you’re in an even worse position when it comes to vintage treasures.

This is where reproduction 1950’s clothing comes in!

Browse 1950’s style PLUS SIZE clothing:
Fifties dresses available in plus sizes

Fifties dresses available in UK size 16

Fifties dresses available in UK size 18

Fifties dresses available in UK size 20

But – it is still possible to find vintage items that fit and feel comfortable so it’s always fun to check your local vintage shops, charity shops and of course good old eBay.


Our favourite types of vintage items to hunt down on ebay are:

– 1950’s vintage bags
– 1950’s vintage jewellery
– 1950’s vintage coats

At times, eBay can be a much better asset than retailers when you’re searching for vintage items because as people clear out their old closets or the closets of elderly relatives, they’re listing these fabulous authentic items for sale – these are gems that are often impossible to find anywhere else!

So what are the ‘cons’ of reproduction 1950’s style clothing?

It can be hard to find designs that truly replicate the class of 1950’s clothing. They are there if you browse the items on the market, but some manufacturers can fall short of greatness when it comes to style.

Be careful not to choose anything that looks cheap (unless of course you are buying just for fancy dress fun) – the style of the fiftes was all about class.

A recommended solution to this whole problem is mix and match!

You can pair a modern made dress or outfit (made from a comfortable, breathable fabric in a size that actually fits!) with totally vintage accessories like bags, hats and jewellery. You’ll look and feel like a starlet when you strut down the street in your 50’s heels, clutching a beautiful authentic 1950’s purse.

Retro fashion should be fun – so make sure you enjoy your hunt for 50’s clothing!

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