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Cocktail Dresses


The cocktail dress evolved post World War I as a party dress that fits somewhere between an everyday dress and a ball gown. As hemlines rose, so did a new lifestyle that involved nightclubs, parties and other special events that required something dressier than the afternoon dress, but less formal than a full-length ballgown. Some say cocktail dresses should fall just below the knee, but today there are many options, and you can wear whatever length pulls off the look you want and makes you feel the most comfortable.


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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald Lyddie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Red Lyddie Wiggle Dress
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Retrolicious Dark Teal Bombshell Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Wanda Wiggle Dress
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Black & Gold Sequin Shift Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Wanda Wiggle Dress
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Black Pleated Chiffon Midi Dress
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Retro Style Burgundy Ruched Bodycon Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Pierced Heart Print Renata Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Red & Light Pink Heart Connie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Red & Light Pink Heart Connie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Bronze Sequin Sleeved Laure Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Black Sequin Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald & Black Sequin Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Grey & Silver Sequin Lina Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Grey & Silver Beaded Lynette Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Sequin Fringe Sleeved Laure Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald & Gold Sequin Lina Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Emerald & Black Sequin Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Grey & Silver Beaded Lynette Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Grey & Silver Sequin Lina Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin Sleeved Laure Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Emerald & Gold Sequin Lina Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Bronze Sequin Sleeved Laure Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Gold Sequin & Burgundy Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Gold Sequin & Burgundy Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Silver Sequin & Black Fringe Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Silver Sequin & Black Fringe Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Red Vickie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Red Vickie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Rainbow Sparkle Vickie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Rainbow Sparkle Vickie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald & Black Sequin Sleeved Therese Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Purple & Black Sequin Sleeved Therese Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Dark Purple Velvet Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Dark Purple Velvet Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Silver Stars Velvet Delores Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Purple & Black Sequin Sleeved Therese Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Emerald & Black Sequin Sleeved Therese Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Nicola Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Nicola Swing Dress
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Retro Style Black Ruched Bodycon Dress
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Hell Bunny Black Velvet Gabriella Flare Dress
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Vintage Style Fuchsia Midi Dress
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Emerald Satin Bow Jumpsuit
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Copper Satin Bow Jumpsuit
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Hell Bunny Plus Size Black Velvet Gabriella Flare Dress
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Hell Bunny Plus Size Black & Gold Stars Infinity Swing Dress
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Hell Bunny Black & Gold Stars Infinity Swing Dress
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Plus Size Merlot Chiffon Maxi Dress
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Voodoo Vixen Black Embossed Velvet Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Plus Size Black Sparkle Midori Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Black Sparkle Midori Swing Dress
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Gold & Black Zebra Stripe Jumpsuit
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Smak Parlour Green & Silver Star Print Social Climber Caftan
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Unique Vintage Green Sparkle & Black Floral Velvet Minnelli Jumpsuit
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Green Sparkle & Black Floral Velvet Minnelli Jumpsuit
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy & Black Bias Plaid Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy & Black Bias Plaid Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequins Warhol Tulip Sheath Dress
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Unique Vintage Green Shailene Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Green Shailene Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy & Black Lace Dita Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy & Black Lace Dita Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Navy Velvet Gilda Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Navy Velvet Gilda Swing Dress
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Black & Gold Clip Dot Halter Midi Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy & Black Dot Swanson Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy & Black Dot Swanson Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald Velvet Nicola Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Emerald Velvet Nicola Swing Dress
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Smak Parlour Emerald Velvet & Silver Starburst Free Spirit Wrap Dress
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Silver Sequin Split Leg Jumpsuit
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Emerald Green Velvet Ruffle Mini Dress
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Unique Vintage Gold & Black Velvet Desmond Caftan Dress
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Plus Size Emerald Green Velvet Peaches Wiggle Dress
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Green Metallic Sweater Wiggle Dress
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Plus Size Red Velvet Holiday Swing Dress
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Silver Sequin Mini Dress
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Voodoo Vixen Green Flutter Sleeve Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Lyddie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Lyddie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Dark Olive Velvet Sleeved Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Dark Olive Velvet Sleeved Mod Wiggle Dress
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Smak Parlour Black & Multicolor Sparkle Girl Power Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Deco Devore Velvet Hollywood Duster
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Robbie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Chevron Bertie Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Velvet Chevron Bertie Swing Dress
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While you can choose a department store dress for your event, a retro-style from Unique Vintage could just be the showstopper you're looking for, darling. Find looks to love inspired from the 1920s through the 1970s.

Dresses Across History

Each decade had its own staples, and we gather the most stunning examples to represent each fashion trend:

• 1920s – Drop waist dresses; beadwork; sheer lacy panels. • 1930s – Bias cuts; knee to floor length; flared hems. • 1940s – Knee length A-line or pencil skirts; peplum ruffles. • 1950s – Circle skirts and dresses with full skirts; sheath dresses. • 1960s – Wiggle dresses; miniskirts; mod dresses; polka dots • 1970s – Shift dresses; mini to maxi skirts; wrap dresses.

The 1920s was the era of the flapper with drop waist dresses, fringe, lace and sparkly accoutrements such as beads and sequins. Go bold with long fringe that extends the length of a short skirt. Later eras brought on a mix of styles such as the slim pencil skirt that inspired today’s bodycon dress, and full skirt that falls by the knee, known today as midi length. The 1950s kept the full skirts and paired them with a fitted bodice — often with a low sweetheart neckline. You can even find floor-length maxi dresses and pantsuits here inspired by the free styles of the 1970s.

Modern Takes on Retro Styles

While dresses are cut from vintage styles, they are full of modern comfort and some modern updates. Fabrics are made to stretch and hug your curves, and the vibrant colors pop. Unique Vintage offers many dresses in plus sizes to fit a fuller figure, while still offering a flattering style. Each style dress is made to beckon days past, and have lovely details such as the use of velvet and satiny fabrics that feel luxurious on your skin. Pencil skirted dresses look conforming, but have enough stretch to give you freedom and movement. Layers of lace let colors of satin slips beneath peek through for a flirty style.

These lovely frocks have such attitude you will hope there's dancing at your party. A flirty flapper-inspired dress with a drop waist and fringe wants movement while a swing dress and its full skirt also wants to cut a rug. Even if the party is low key, you'll look elegant and timeless. Styles from our line speak to your vintage sensibilities and trendy tastes. Most dresses can easily go from dinner to dancing, or to evening events whether they are an informal get together at a friend's or a more formal occasions like weddings.

Pair any of these dresses with the right shoes, a clutch purse and the right accessories, and people will think you stepped through time. Accessories are an important part of the dress, and a few pointers can help you turn a dress into an ensemble.

• 1920s – Mary Jan and T-strap heels; fringe wraps; bead and feather headbands; small beaded purses; pearl necklaces; faux gemstones. • 1930s – T-strap heels; knit berets and slouch hats. • 1940s – Peep-toe heels, wedge sandals; turban hats and headscarves; snoods; flower clips. • 1950s – Kitten heels and stiletto heels; hair flowers; pearl jewelry; animal brooches; clutch handbags. • 1960s – GoGo boots; costume jewelry; headbands. • 1970s – Platform shoes; macramé; peace beads.
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