“Don’t Worry, Bee Happy” – The ‘Queen Bee’ Navy 50’s Style Swing Dress by British Retro

I’ve received SO many compliments on this brand new dress by British Retro; on the huge full-circle skirt, the sweetheart neckline, buttons and of course, the adorable bee print. It’s such a pretty dress.


British Retro have many gorgeous dresses, and I already own the Rhonda’s Revenge Houndstooth Pencil Dress, but this one stood out for me because of the summery style and cut, especially with the neckline and thin straps. 

Taken from British Retro’s website:

We are a proud British made brand specialising in bringing our customers elegant, vintage style clothing from the good old days. Born a couple of years ago, we are now causing a mini British invasion to wardrobes worldwide with our vintage dresses.

Our garments are created in one of the oldest established factories in the East End of London and all our fabrics & trimmings are sourced from all around these fine shores too, as we truly have a passion for utilising local industry.

At affordable prices and beautifully made, our gorgeous vintage style clothing will transport you back to a time of elegance and finesse with a touch of naughty, Pin Up cheekiness.

The dress cost me £55.00 at full price, with a few pounds in postage on top. For me, £50 is usually the most I’d spend on a dress, but mainly because this is for more formal dresses. This one looked more casual, meaning I could get more use out of it and the thing with British Retro is that they only make a limited quantity of each item, so if you want it, you’re best to just get it before they’re sold out and you regret it! (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself!)

The dress is 100% cotton, with an elasticated back panel to allow some stretch around the bust and is very comfortable and easy to wear. The fabric can crease somewhat if you don’t take care when sitting down (carefully tucking it under) but there is plenty of material in the full-circle skirt to create that legendary pin-up body shape of a nipped-in waist and hourglass figure. It’s very classy and sophisticated.



In terms of maintenance, it can be machine washed on a cool setting and line dried or dried indoors on a rack, before needing a quick and easy iron. It has a concealed zip down the left hand side for easy getting in and out of the dress and comes with a sash that you can tie around the middle if you like, though I preferred it without. Although I wore it without a petticoat, it would really show off the huge skirt and look extremely pretty with one.

The straps are adjustable which is super handy.

As you can see from the photos, I paired the dress with matching navy heels and coordinating bracelets and kept hair loose and natural. I think the dress is enough on its own without needing to glam up too much. It felt very summery, which I loved. It’s pretty drab in England right now! I kept makeup to dramatic black winged eyeliner and nude lipstick.

In terms of sizing, I’m a comfortable UK size 10 in pretty much everything, so I ordered a 10 and it fits like a glove. They do have an online size calculator you can use or you could drop them an email to check if you’re unsure on anything. My dress arrived after just a few days of ordering it and I had no issues whatsoever with the process from start to finish. I would definitely consider ordering from British Retro again, and already have my eye on a few other gorgeous dresses.


British Retro cover UK sizes 8-18 and have been established for a couple of years. Their following on social media is large and they’re quickly becoming established as a leading vintage reproduction dress company.


Full Outfit Details:
Dress- British Retro (AW2016)
Shoes – Newlook (unknown, charity shop find)
Jewellery – Unknown

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  1. I love this style of dress. There is something wonderful about holding the material out at either side. And of course, in spinning whilst wearing them! Looks great and suits you.x


  2. I love the vintage look, and the dress looks so lovely on you – it fits like a glove. The bee print fabric is delightful too.


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