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  • Brand Spotlight: Bernie Dexter for Summer 2013

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    Pin up model and designer extraordinaire, Bernie Dexter, recently unveiled her vacation-ready line of summer dresses and we had to buy bigger luggage because of it! Designed and produced here in the USA, Bernie has a knack for nifty atomic prints on classic mid-century silhouettes. From swirly florals to western gingham, consider yourself fabulously frocked while on your retro adventures this season. Clip in your hair flowers and take a stroll with us as we take a peek at Ms. Dexter's absolute latest!

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Nautical Rope Beatrice Dress: $144

    The Beatrice Nautical Rope Dress is a high seas adventure packed into one little dress. Available in two prints - either a swirl of either red & white or blue & white- this retro stunner is made perfect by a little white pleating at the bust and a contrast white patent leather belt at the waist.  Bernie's signature, the full swing skirt, is gathered to perfection for an authentic vintage look.

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Red Toile Sugar Doll Dress: $144

    Inspired by Marie Antoinette herself, the darling Red Toile Sugar Doll Dress is vintage in quite a few ways. A classic Bernie silhouette, complete with short 1940s style cap sleeves, a cheeky neckline and full gathered skirt are topped off with a French inspired illustrated toile print. Both cocktail hour and tea time appropriate, the matching self-belt takes this little number straight from the steps of Versailles to your divine closet.

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Pink Lily Print Victoria Star Swing Dress: $144

    Darlings, meet Victoria! Regardless of what island you are vacationing on this season, this fabulously exotic printed swing dress is a getaway in itself! A retro inspired pink large lily floral print is complimented by a fully gathered swing skirt and short sleeves. A matching white patent leather belt is any cinched waists must-have accessory and Victoria comes prepared! Throw on the Andrew Sisters and grab a Mai-Tai, gals!

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Green Floral Veronique Blush Dress: $144

    Veronique is as fabulous as her namesake! A garden party appropriate day dress, complete in a vibrant green and pink floral print. A retro inspired square neckline is met with two cheeky cap sleeves, while a fully gathered swing skirt is perfect for a spin or two. And with a matching pink patent leather belt, this dress is the epitome of summertime sass.

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    Bernie Dexter 50s Style Red Gingham Antonella Swing Dress: $144

    And lastly, what is summer without a little splash of honky-tonk? Meet Antonella! A retro red and white picnic gingham is the perfect print in a season full of backyards and BBQ's! A sweetheart neckline is detailed with three rows of red ruffled trim, while the same detail is repeated on the cap sleeves.  A hoe-down ready fully gathered swing skirt and a matching red patent leather belt top off this country confection. Giddy up, gals!

    Well there you have it, darlings! Whether you are jet-setting to an exotic locale or grilling up some fabulous in your own backyard, the fabulous Bernie Dexter makes any occasion feel like a grand getaway!

  • 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!

  • Met Ball 2013 - Looks For Less

    Feeling inspired by the fashions of the 2013 Met Ball? So are we! The ball’s theme was ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’, and although not everyone stuck strictly to the theme, most everyone looked downright fabulous. We have gathered some Unique Vintage Met Ball look-alike styles so  you can strut your stuff like the fashion A-lister we all know you are.

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    'Something Borrowed' Black Floral & Rhinestone Swing Dress $228

    Ah, Jennifer Lawrence. This fabulous lady definitely has no issue pulling off the simply stunning look. Mirror Jennifer’s look with our Unique Vintage Something Borrowed Black Floral & Rhinestone Swing Dress.  The subtle floral detailing on the full swing skirt give the dress an effortlessly charming look that you are sure to rock!

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    Authentic Lorrie Deb 1950's Vintage Burgundy Plaid Swing Dress $300

    Black Patent Leather Ankle Strap Sexy Pumps $90

    Christina Ricci did the punk theme justice with her plaid dress and fierce black stilettos. Match the look with our Authentic Lorrie Deb 1950’s Vintage Burgundy Plaid Holiday Swing Dress. Pair the dress with our Black Patent Leather Ankle Strap Sexy Pumps, for the complete head to toe look.

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    Red High Low Strapless Chiffon Prom Dress $80

    Kate Beckinsale never fails to dawn the red carpet in style, and this event was no exception. Her red strapless dress is simple at its’ core, but the peplum waist and high-low hemline show off her trendy and risky side. Accomplish Kate’s sweet and sexy style in our Red High-Low Strapless Chiffon Dress.

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    Dress 1: Lux Lace Black Dress With Sleeves $45

    Dress 2: Lux Lace Black & Nude With Sleeves $45

    Dress 3: Plus Size Black Gigi Lace Cinch Dress SALE $102

    Care to show off your sexy punk side Joan Smalls style?? If your answer was yes, go with our super affordable Lux Lace Black Dress. This stunner also comes in a Nude Underlay Color for an even sexier look! For you ladies who are blessed with womanly curves, go with our Plus Size Gigi Lace Cinch Dress for a gorgeous look that is sure to turn heads.

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    Black Mesh Beaded Cut Out Long Sleeve Homecoming Dress $298

    Vintage Style Black Turban $16

    Chloe Sevigny made a show stopping appearance in a sheer mesh long sleeve gown with a peeping chest cut out and a sexy leg slit. And what better way to show off your gorgeous face then ditching the hair grooming tools and pulling those pesky little strays up in a vintage inspired turban! Go with our Black Mesh Beaded Cut Out Long Sleeve Dress paired with our Vintage Style Black Turban to effortlessly pull off the Chloe look!

    Whether your style is sweetly gorgeous, loud and proud, elegantly chic, seducing and sexy, or trendy to a T, Unique Vintage is your one stop shop for everything your fashionable heart desires. Get shopping, Darlings!

  • Homecoming...Here I Am

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    The year was 2005. I had long hair, an affinity for the color pale pink and George W. was still President. The first month of my senior year was coming to a close, and Homecoming was staring me right in the face; urging me to grab it and shake it.

    Up until this point, my usual routine for each dance had been to show up, dance and be fabulous. My senior year had gotten off to a quiet start, but was slowly coming to a boil. I wanted it to be special, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it differ from my previous experiences. How do you make something that feels stale feel vibrant again?

    Flash forward two weeks. I found myself riding into a football stadium sitting on the back of a vintage convertible Chevrolet. Black rimmed glasses, a 1960’s era tartan bowtie and a skinny suit. I had been chosen as part of the homecoming court, and I was representing all the fabulous gay teenagers who dreamed of the day they would have a reason to use that “British royal” wave they had been working on.

    My goal was never to be popular, nor was it to make high school the highlight of my entire life. But this, like other small moments in high school, was a little piece of myself that was able to shine through some of that adolescent fog.

    High school isn’t forever, but it’s important while it’s here.  I ended up winning Homecoming king. Not because I was popular, but perhaps because I was myself.

    -Stan Salas, UV Customer Service Connoisseur and Contributing Blogger

  • The Domestic Fashionistas of the Fifties

    Looking back at American history, the 1950s were a period of domesticity. The man went to work and the wife took care of the household chores; cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. This domestic life was often perceived of as "perfect" and actually molded the fashions during this era (the perfectly cinched waists and the appropriate knee-length hems).

    What gave these styles a sense of whimsy were the exuberant excess of florals, crinolines and lady-like qualities that fashions from years past had actually been starving for.

    During this time, women were at their most beautiful and image was everything. The 1950's woman was put together at all hours of the day; from matching accessories to perfectly poised pumps.

    In the '50s, women felt a sense of security within the domestic life they created and their clothes reflected that.

    The 1950's created some of the most iconized silhouettes in fashion history. It's no wonder so many fashion designers today are constantly paying reference to these beautiful, perfectly pulled together, domestic fashions of the past.

    Stan Salas-Unique Vintage Customer Service Connoisseur

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