If you're looking for a retro hairstyle, then why not try a bouffant wavy style? Not only will you ooze old school glamour, but your hair will create an interesting silhouette. Teaming your bouffant with loose waves is a much more natural alternative to a beehive chignon.
Volume is key where this style is concerned, so make that you get plenty of root lift before you start. Apply some volume boosting mousse to wet hair and blow dry with your head upside down to obtain maximum root lift. If you still haven't got the height that you're after, backcomb the top section and spritz with hairspray, just be sure to leave the top layer smooth to hide the messy bits underneath.