The Girl Can’t Help It [British Retro & Guest Blogger BlaireAmy]

Today’s post is a guest post written for you by OldIsNowVintage blogger Blaire Amy. Blaire writes regularly for British vintage magazines In Retrospect and Vintage Life, and loves burlesque and afternoon tea (as anyone would!)  Today she’s introducing us all to British repro brand British Retro. 


Let me introduce you to British Retro. They have been around for a few years now, but they seem to have a very limited amount going on via social media… I don’t think all that many people have discovered them! This is a total shame because, as their name hints, not only are their designs retro inspired but they are also passionate about their creations being sourced and made in Britain.diner-blaire-poser

Some of the companies in the vintage repro world appear to be taking on an ethical approach to industry. British Retro prides itself on sourcing its materials, as well as manufacturing its designs, in the East End of London, apparently in ‘one of the oldest established factories.’

Originally released earlier this year, the ‘Girl Can’t Help It’ dress was an instant hit with me. Not only is the name awesome, I love that the colours on this dress mean that it has the versatility to be worn all year round. The colours were a big draw for me, as I think the black background means it can be dressed up with quite a punky edge, should you fancy it! There is another colour option in cream, dusty pink and pale blue and the result of teaming these colours together gives the dress a patriotic hint.


There were no surprises with the fit, which is always a bonus. I had ordered this earlier in the year, when I was at my biggest and after ordering two sizes, British Retro were quick to process my return and reimburse me for the second dress. I like the fact that this dress is based on a 1950’s pattern, but that does come with a warning to check your measurements for the correct size.

Not only is the flowery pattern fabulous, for me what makes this dress special are the details. Not only is there bodice lining, but there is ruching detail across the cleavage area that makes the dress a little more flirty. The material at the back of the halter neck is also well designed as it is cut wider and narrower to help create a really full bow.


If I was to make a criticism it would be that I’d love to see this dress with a wiggle finish as opposed to a pencil one, as I think that would make the dress more curvy and flattering, but that really is being picky!

All in all a well fitted, quality dress, with great details for what I would describe as a mid – low priced dress (most are priced at £45 or £49). With winter on the way I am now eyeing up their tartan pencil dresses.


Thanks to Nelson’s Diner for letting me gatecrash people’s breakfasts to take photos! You can catch up with me, Blaire Amy, on my Blog:

Photographer: Edan Rowland (

2 thoughts on “The Girl Can’t Help It [British Retro & Guest Blogger BlaireAmy]

  1. Love the location and the dress! I ordered a British Retro swing dress covered in cupcakes awhile back off their ebay page and it’s still one of my best fitting dresses! Not to mention, who can resist a cupcake dress? Blaire, you look great in this one!


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