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‘Way Out West’ Black Watch Tartan 50s Style Swing Dress



Way Out West tartans style

Measuring Tips to Assure The Best Fit


With arms at sides, place tape measure under your arms and run it around the fullest part of the bustline and across the shoulder blades.


Find the natural crease of your waist by bending to one side. Run tape measure around your natural waistline, keeping one finger between the tape and your body for a comfortable fit.


With feet together, run tape measure around the fullest part of your hips/seat, about 7 to 8 inches below your waistline.


For full-length pants, run tape measure along the inside of your leg, from just below the crotch to about 1 inch below the ankle.

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 sizes in centimeters (see below for inches)

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Our sizes in inches

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Designed & manufactured in the UK 

A dress that’s blessed with effortless elegance and glamour, our ‘Way Out West’ Black Watch Tartan swing dress. It is inspired by the style of the great Katharine Hepburn and a Vivienne Westwood shirt dress we have. This chic full circle dress, fastens all the way down with brass coloured buttons and also comes with a vintage metal buckled belt. She is made from a traditional woven Black Watch tartan and features half sleeves with nifty buttoned cuffs and an elegant 50s, semi flared collar.  To create a full on 50s look just pop one of our fluffy black 50s style petticoats underneath, as shown in the photos and sold separately.

Fabric composition: 63% Polyester, 34% Viscose, 3% Elastane.

This dress only has a little stretch so please check our size chart before ordering.

Please note, very seldomly delivery may take up to 10 working days, which is the maximum amount Royal Mail estimate. Please double check your email address and postal address is correct before making payment to avoid any delays or problems with your order.

Sadly once an order has been placed we cannot make any changes or cancel it.

All items are sent by Royal Mail Signed For to ensure safe delivery, therefore someone will need to be there to receive your order. Postage is worked out by package weight which is calculated at the checkout.

UK delivery and dispatch times

Royal Mail 2nd Class Signed For Estimated 3-7 working days

Royal Mail 1st Class Signed For Estimated 2-4 working days

Royal Mail Express-  1-2 working days

International Delivery (Outside UK)

Please note- Dispatch times for DHL Express are within 3 working days.

DHL Worldwide Express– 2-4 business days

International Standard: Estimated 5-30 working days. Price varies according to the country and is calculated at the checkout. Please note this is not a tracked service therefore we cannot be held responsible for any lost or delayed packages in the country of destination as this is out of UK Royal Mail jurisdiction and will need to be claimed for by the buyer. We can provide proof of postage receipt if required.

International Tracked and Signed: Estimated 5-30 working days. Price varies according to the country and is calculated at the checkout.

Payments are made in GB Pounds Sterling (£). The exchange rate will be determined by the issuer of the payment card you use. All orders are shipped from the UK. Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you may want to contact your local customs office for further information.


13 reviews for ‘Way Out West’ Black Watch Tartan 50s Style Swing Dress

  1. Joanne Saunsbury (verified owner)

    5 stars is not enough for this dress. Having bought the Way Out West red dress which I love I adore this one.
    It fits to perfect there is no problem with buttons on the bust. It looks and feels amazing.
    The black petticoat underneath just adds to the wow factor.
    While not as dressy as the off shoulder version it is chic classy and warm.
    Perfect for any occasion.

  2. Ellen Greaves (verified owner)

    I am a repeat customer of British Retro so all credit to them once again. This is an absolutely lovely dress, a superb design and beautifully made. The tartan is perfectly matched and the material is lovely quality. I felt fabulous in this dress particularly with the full petticoat underneath. I am now saving up to buy the red one too!

  3. Jacinta Crowley (verified owner)

    I bought this dress last year & its perfect as a day dress & pop the petticoat underneath & its a party frock1

  4. Iris (verified owner)

    Gives you such a small waist and keeps you warm. Only the arms could be larger for me to be fully comfortable

  5. Ellie Hawkes (verified owner)

    This is my first purchase from British Retro and i will definitely be coming back for more. This dress looks amazing, feels really well made, and in lovely fabric. I was worried that the dress would be too long as I’m only 5” but the length and proportions are fine. can’t wait to show it off!

  6. alienaumbrae (verified owner)

    Dear British Retro: you did it again!
    This is not my first British Retro dress, and I bet it won’t be the last one. I have another one just like this in other colour, and I’m not disappointed.
    And, as always, the shipping was impeccable.
    Good for you (I’m crying inside myself for the Brexit… I can’t live without you!! ; ) )

  7. Chara Helton-Rodenhaus (verified owner)

    British Retro is my favorite place to buy dresses!! This dress is so comfortable and beautifully made. Being a little more well endowed, I was a little worrided about the fit in the chest. It is a perfect fit with zero puckers. I just love this dress! Cannot wait for my next one!

  8. Marie Christine Broillet (verified owner)

    absolutely fantastic. really well made. with the petticoat, it floats around you like a dream.
    I dropped almost two sizes (from 18 to 14) since I bought it and it still looks really good. I think it has a lot to do with the belt. It really ties it all together

  9. Amelie (verified owner)

    Such a lovely dress! I feel so feminine and happy in it. Cannot wait to see what else I will buy from here!

  10. Agnes Tomlinson (verified owner)

    I’ve been buying from British Retro more or less since the beginning and over the years I’ve seen them go from strength to strength.

    This dress is the best I’ve bought yet. Beautifully made (including some spot on pattern matching.) Can be dressed up or down, and I honestly felt so beautiful wearing it. Didn’t want to take it off!

  11. lovely.cheron (verified owner)

    This is the perfect compromise between elegant and comfortable. It is very beautiful, the material feels nice and firm but not as in stiff, just opposite to “way too thin to wear this on a windy day”. I love it and people around me too.

  12. xxdogsoldier (verified owner)

    My first purchase of undoubtedly many; beautiful, wonderful quality and fits perfectly. Can’t wait to get more!

  13. emilys6496 (verified owner)

    Bought this dress a little while ago and it is absolutely gorgeous! Makes me feel so elegant and beautiful. Definitely going to make more purchases from Britsh Retro in the future!

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