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  • Vintage Hair Scarf Tutorial: Tie One On

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    Ever wonder how to tie a vintage style pin up chiffon hair scarf like the grand dames of the 40s & 50s? Look no further, darlings! Here at Unique Vintage, we want you gals to be your most fabulous and we understand that sometimes vintage styles such as these can be elusive! Even the most fashionable doll needs a little how-to help from time time. That's where we come in!

    Watch as UV team member Ana shows you three different ways to wear adorable vintage style head scarves:

     

    There you have it, gals! Bad hair days begone! And oh-so-perfect for easy breeze looks for the summer months ahead! Ready to try it for yourself? Make sure to visit our Hair Scarf Section for a vast selection of printed and patterned scarves that will help you recreate these fun and flirty looks!

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  • Get Ready for Summer with Unique Vintage!

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    New dress day is like Christmas here at UV: everyone wakes up at the crack of dawn to unwrap their goodies, and someone ends up crying out of sheer happiness. Which is why we've learned to apply a layer of water proof mascara and greet the day fabulously! Our new collection of summer-ready exclusives have arrived and have exceeded our expectations in every which way! Grab your handbags and take a walk with us as we take a peek at UV's latest and greatest!

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    Summer has arrived in full force with our famous Flirty Swing Dress- now in a cheeky purple floral print! The classic halter style swing dress is pleated and ruched to perfection for a unique fit that only UV can deliver. For added flair, add one of our crinoline slips to the ensemble for an authentic 1950s look.

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    For an easy, breezy work-appropriate frock, try our Strapped For Time Wiggle Dress! A two tone beige and black combination is matched perfectly by a cocktail ready, pencil style dress. A sensible neckline is contrasted with a V-neckline in the back and the classic straight skirt is both body conscious and fabulously retro. Transition from day to night in true diva form!

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    We think you'll mesh together nicely with this next one. Our Sheer Elegance Dress is a fantastic new addition to our brand! Complete in a brushed cotton, this cocktail dress is pristinely 50s- from its mesh neckline to the gathered swing skirt. And get ready to hear your two favorite words: belt included!

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    Our classic Seeing Stripes Swing Dress has been updated for the season in a nautical navy blue! A strapless style top is made complete by a full, gathered swing skirt. Perfect for a night of doing the Watusi or Hand Jiving. For added volume, add one of our crinoline slips for a little extra boost of fabulousness.

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    And lastly, what better way to greet the season than in a ravishing red? Our Lydia Wiggle Dress arrived and stunned us all! This perfect tank style wiggle dress is pegged to perfection for all your pin up needs! A delicately pleated bodice is met with a tight, 50s-style pencil skirt silhouette. Channel your inner Joan Holloway in this red-hot stunner!

    There you have it gals! This was just a taste of all the fabulous new pieces that have just arrived, so throw on your sling backs and shimmy over to our Unique Vintage Brand section for a peek at your future wardrobe! Fabulously- and exclusively- at Unique Vintage!

  • Perfect Polka Dot Pieces: Fresh & Dot!

    With summer right around the corner, it's the perfect time to liven up your wardrobe! What better way to spruce up your closet than with polka dots! From polka dot dresses to polka dot separates to polka dot accessories, here at Unique Vintage, we've never met a dot we didn't like! So, throw on your mary-janes and come walk with us as we take a look at the latest batch of dotted beauties.


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    Bettie Page Navy & White Polka Dot Nikki Skirt: $56

    Let's kick things off with a polka dot pencil skirt, shall we?  New from Bettie Page Clothing, the Nikki skirt is a pop of print for the office, cocktail hour and beyond. Tuck in a fabulous and always classic white blouse or rock it with other polka dot blouses! Plus the gorgeous wiggle style fit will add a little shimmy to your shake!

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    Black & Red Robyn Polka Dot Top: $32

    Next we have red hot dots from Steady Clothing! This red soft knit top comes in a cheeky black polka dot print. A scoop front and large keyhole back add a little retro sex appeal to any ensemble. Pair it with a black pencil skirt or whip out your high waist denim! With adorable cap sleeves and a forgiving fit, your blouse love affair just got very serious.

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    Black & White Polka Dot Cutie Pie Pumps: $95

    No gal is complete without a fabulous pair of heels. The Cutie Pie polka dot heels are a fabulous spotted addition to any collection. These beauties are an all over black and white polka dot, complete with a charming little red bow. If you're wearing head to toe black or red, consider a pair of printed shoes like these for a pop of flair! They don't get more retro than these beauties, darlings.  

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    Blue Polka Dot Halter Salli Bathing Suit: $112

    New from Queen Of Heartz, this blue polka dot one piece bathing suit is a divine addition to our growing swimsuit collection! It comes in a cool blue and white polka dot, complete with a 50s style halter neckline. A fully ruched side gives its wearer an authentic pin up, hourglass shape, while a built in bottom stays true to a mid-century design. The pool is calling, gals. And you had better answer that call in this beauty.

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    Bettie Page Navy & White Serene Blouse: $43

    Feeling serene? So are we. This stunning peplum top from Bettie Page Clothing comes in a classic navy and white dot. The peplum adds a little retro flair, while the lattice style cut-out back helps you show a little skin. It also features a charming rounded neckline and bodice pleating. Pair it with a pink pencil skirt or perhaps for a little dot-on-dot look, add the matching pencil skirt shown above!

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    Little Lamby T-Bar Platform Heels: $60

    Go retro, with a little edge! This pretty-in-pink and white polka dot print also features a patent leather bow and spiked ankle strap. With a chain in place of the T-strap, these edgy heels take any outfit from divine to dangerous. Wearing heels and taking names!

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    Lastly, polka dots with a twist! This standard black and white dot pattern has a surprise tulip print layover! Mixing dots and prints is completely on-trend, and has seamlessly made way into retro wear with this fabulous dress. The tank style and V-neck front are back neckline along with the pleated bodice, make this a fit and flattering silhouette. Plus, the cinched waist and pencil style fit ensure an authentic retro fit. Dress it up with a fabulous pair of ankle strap pumps and cuban heeled stockings!

    Whether you're looking for a killer polka dot dress, polka dot pieces to mix and match, dots for sunbathing, or perfect polka dot accessories, we're sure to have something that will hit the spot!

  • UV Design Story: Vintage Style Barbie-Inspired Swimsuit

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    Look familiar?  Here at Unique Vintage, it doesn’t get much more fabulous than the original diva herself- Barbie. When she was first introduced in 1959, she arrived on the scene in two incarnations; a bombshell brunette and the stunning blonde we have come to know and love.  Her first outfit?

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    A knock-out black and white chevron bathing suit, complete with a matching pair of sunglasses and heels! A gal who has accessorized accordingly for over 50 years is good in our book!

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    In the Spring of 2012, the UV team turned our eyes toward this icon for one of our latest swimsuit designs and the Navy & White Dinah One Piece was born!  Inspired by Barbie’s original swimsuit, this fantastic chevron pattern is a perfect addition to the UV line.  The gorgeous vintage-inspired one piece bathing suit features a very flattering halter top, complete with a V-neckline and scoop back.  The chevron design is not only an homage to our friend Barbie, but the shape of the pattern slims the silhouette, flattering every woman's figure and making this number 100% beach ready.

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    Now that you have a little history to go along with your new summer suit, grab your lipstick and your heels and make Barbie proud when you hit those waves, darlings.

  • Swimwear: Retro Polka Dot Swimsuits

    The sun is shining and the beach is calling! Do you know what that means? It’s time to decide what kind of suit you want to spend your sun bathing and pool partying hours in this season. Choosing your swimsuit can be a big fashion decision, but don't fret...we're here to help! We’re thinking polka dots, lots of polka dots this time around! Whether you’re planning on showing off your tan summer bod in a vintage-inspired one piece, a sexy retro high-waisted bikini, or a more conservative skirted suit, we definitely have the look for you!

    Polka dotted retro one-piece swimsuits are a great way to go this summer! If you’re style is light and cutesy, go with our Blue & Pink Polka Dot & Stripes Halter Swimsuit. This 50s style one-piece is a fabulously darling way to strut your stuff in the sun. Were you hoping to stay a little more classically dotty this summer? Then go with our Black & White Polka Dot Betty One Piece Bathing Suit. The ruching in the mid section makes for an ultra flattering fit and the small-scale polka dots are subtly fabulous! Next, a big bow AND polka dots…need we say more? Our 50’s Style Turquoise & Black Bow Tank One Piece Swimsuit is an adorable suit for any sunny day!

    Bathing Suit 1: Blue & Pink Polka Dot & Stripes Halter Swimsuit

    Bathing Suit 2: Black & White Polka Dot Betty One Piece Bathing Suit

    Bathing Suit 3: 50s Style Turquoise & Black Bow Tank One Piece Swimsuit

     

    Don’t be afraid to show a little skin in a retro two-piece polka dot bathing suit. Our Red & White Polka Dot Monroe Two Piece Swimsuit does a perfect job of showing off your fabulous self. Its bright color and adorable fit makes this suit the go to look this swim season. Our 50s Style Black and Red Polka Dot Bikini is another great way to go. The black and red combo is super cute and the vintage-inspired style is way too fabulous to pass up! For another great swim look, go with our 50s Style Yellow & Black Polka Dot Two Piece Swimsuit. The boy short bottoms and the bandeau top help put a contemporary spin on this vintage inspired classic.

    Bathing Suit 1: Red & White Polka Dot Monroe Two Piece Swimsuit

    Bathing Suit 2: 50s Style Black and Red Polka Dot Bikini

    Bathing Suit 3: 50s Style Yellow & Black Polka Dot Two Piece Swimsuit

     

    Listen up, ladies! We’re about to throw something your way that you never saw coming. That’s right, swimdresses! This adorable one piece style is a little more conservative with a slightly longer skirted bottom, but is completely flirty and feminine. The swimdress style is meant to look like an adorable dress, but is actually a one piece bathing suit! No need for cover-ups on this one, darlings! This 1940’s White & Black Polka Dot Cabana Bathingsuit With Aqua Panel is a great swimdress option. With the pop of color in the middle and the undeniably beautiful fit, we don’t expect you to resist! Our Aqua & Red Polka Dot Betsey Swimsuit is another great option for you ladies who are interested in a cute, but covered look. Our 50s Style Red & White Dotted Swimdress is also a darling way to sport the swimdress style. Classic and ultra feminine!

    Bathing Suit 1: 1940s White & Black Polka Dot Cabana Bathingsuit With Aqua Panel 

    Bathing Suit 2: Aqua & Red Polka Dot Betsey Swimsuit

    Bathing Suit 3: 50s Style Red & White Dotted Swimdress

        

    Don’t forget about accessorizing, ladies! Our Navy Polka Dot Large Brimmed Hat is a great polka dotted addition to any beach look! And look at these shoes. That’s right, darlings—polka dot heels! It’s hard to go wrong on this one. Try our Black & White Polka Dot Frilled Slingback Heels to pull together any sunny look!

    Hat: Navy Polka Dot Large Brimmed Hat

    Shoes: Black & White Polka Dot Frilled Slingback Heels

    Whether you’re planning on sunbathing in a cute vintage-inspired one-piece bathing suit, relaxing by the pool in a sexy dotted high-waisted bikini, or attending the hottest summer barbecues in a charming polka dot swimdress, we certainly have the looks for you. And please ladies, don't forget the accessories! A wise woman once said, "the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize". Amen!        

  • Vintage Inspired Fashion - Project Runway's Kenley Collins Collaborates with Unique Vintage!

    Ever since we first came across retro fashion designer Kenley Collins when she made her reality television debut on Project Runway back in 2008, we knew we had to work with this quirky, colorful chic. There are few contestants from all the seasons of Project Runway that truly left any lasting impression on audiences and Kenley is definitely one of them. Thankfully, the feelings were mutual!

    With her cute, sassy attitude and definitive fashion aesthetic, Kenley came to UV's HQ last September to collaborate on an exclusive design just for us! The Brooklyn, NY native just happened to be in LA for the Emmys (if you're a fan of the show, you'll remember when Ven won the Emmy dress challenge with Kenley and they both got to attend the award ceremony? It was right around then).

     

     

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