Our Retro Skirt Styles: 1930s, 40s and 50s Style

Reintroducing our current skirt styles, inspired by popular fashions from the 1930s-50s. Read on to learn more and pick your favourite!


One of our first skirt styles, the 'Rosie' skirt is a classic wardrobe staple. It falls to mid-calf length and the half-circle shape provides lots of volume!

The inspiration

Granny Rosie (our brand's namesake) provides the inspiration for this skirt. She is pictured below looking stylish in a similar garment.

The Skirt

This style is a bestseller for a reason! Here is Emma at Beamish wearing the 'Rosie' skirt in Autumn check fabric. Her's is styled with a matching 'Polly' waistcoat and her 'Lillias' blouse.

Fabrics and Variations

The 'Rosie' skirt is available a choice of two fabrics - Autumn check or Windowpane check. You also have the option to add a lining inside the skirt for extra comfort.
The Autumn check is an 100% wool tartan, woven in Yorkshire. The soft taupe and browns perfectly compliment the burnt orange over check.
The windowpane check is  woven right here at Drove Weavers. Our studio space sits within the Drove Weavers mill, so this is as local as it gets! It is also 100% wool and limited edition, so order soon to avoid disappointment.

You can choose a different fabric for you 'Rosie' skirt by submitting a bespoke order form.


A lovely A-line style with plenty of variations, the 'Elizabeth' is perfect if you're looking for something a bit different.

The inspiration

This skirt was inspired by this photo of two of Leanne's great-Aunts, Elizabeth is the bride on the right.

The Skirt

The 'Elizabeth' skirt falls to the knee and features a box pleat at the centre front. It zips up at the back and can also be made lined or unlined. Emma wear hers with the 'Isabella' short-sleeved jumper and a matching windowpane check 'Polly' waistcoat.

Fabrics and Variations

This skirt also comes in the Windowpane check, but feel free to request a custom order and choose from any of our fabrics. If you can't find what you want on our website, we'll even source you a new fabric!
The 'Elizabeth' features shoulder straps which are attached to the waistband with buttons. Just unbutton them for another way to wear your skirt.


This 1940s style skirt is made up of 8 panels and features a fun flared hem.

The inspiration

Nen was a nickname for Rose's sister Helen, who is pictured below (centre) wearing a beautiful knee-length skirt. This style was popular in the 1940s as war-time rationing meant that the longer dresses of previous decades used up too much fabric. 

The Skirt

The 'Nen' has a classic silhouette and is beautifully constructed to fit your body. Because it is made up or eight narrow panels, we can make this skirt from narrow roll of fabric, like Elliott's shed's hand-woven tweeds
The skirt opens with a concealed zip at the back and has handy front pockets!


Fabrics and Variations

For Autumn 2021, we relaunched the 'Nen' skirt in two limited edition wool fabrics. Both are now sold out, but you can still request a custom skirt in a fabric or your choice using our bespoke order form. This skirt also has the option to add a lining.

Like what you see? Shop skirts here or request a custom design here!


Rose’s Wardrobe was founded by Emma and Leanne after both having over 12 years of experience between them working in high street, vintage inspired, and fashion supplier backgrounds. The inspiration from Rose’s Wardrobe derived from Emma and Leanne’s muses - their grandmas and great grandma - Patricia, Edna, and Rose. The aim is to produce replicas of the beautiful clothes their grandmas wore, using colours, styles and prints from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s. Anna joined our team this year as our brand assistant. She is a recent fashion graduate and helps out with everything from social media to sewing. You can connect with Rose’s Wardrobe on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest. Have a look at where Rose’s Wardrobe will be here. Read our sustainability statement. Or, shop the collection