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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. A new lifestyle emerged that involved nightclubs, parties and other occasions that required something dressier than the afternoon dress. 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 comfortable.


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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Navy & White Pin Dot Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Royal Blue Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Royal Blue Off Shoulder Ruffle Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Off Shoulder Ruffle Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Navy & White Pin Dot Sleeved Devon Swing Dress
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Navy & White Polka Dot Lyric Wiggle Dress
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Plus Size Navy & White Polka Dot Lyric Wiggle Dress
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Vintage Style Black Lace Lily Swing Dress
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Collectif Red Off Shoulder Sasha Fishtail Wiggle Dress
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Plus Size Vintage Style Black Lace Lily Swing Dress
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Voodoo Vixen Plus Size 1970s Teal Green Georgina Bodycon Dress
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Collectif Plus Size Red Off Shoulder Sasha Fishtail Wiggle Dress
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1920s Navy Beaded Marta Flapper Dress
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1920s Blue Grey Beaded Marta Flapper Dress
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Retro Style Kelly Green Ruched Fitted Dress
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Voodoo Vixen 1970s Teal Green Georgina Bodycon Dress
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Plus Size 1920s Black Beaded Marta Flapper Dress
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Plus Size 1920s Navy Beaded Marta Flapper Dress
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Plus Size 1920s Blue Grey Beaded Marta Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Navy & White Pin Dot Short Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Voodoo Vixen Black Three Quarter Sleeve Camilla Pencil Dress
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Retro Style Coral Short Sleeve Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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1920s Black Spaghetti Strap Slip Dress
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Retro Style Mustard Yellow Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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1920s Chambray Blue Spaghetti Strap Slip Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Navy Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Black & White Stripe Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & White Colorblock Ruffle Lilith Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy Floral Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & White Colorblock Ruffle Lilith Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Pink Floral Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Plus Size Deco Style Black Beaded Mermaid Chloe Flapper Gown
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Plus Size 1920s Style Gold Beaded Edith Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black & Silver Lille Fringed Flapper Dress
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Vintage Style Black Bandage Fringe Flapper Dress
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Deco Style Black Beaded Mermaid Chloe Flapper Gown
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1920s Style Silver Beaded Edith Flapper Dress
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1920s Style Gold Beaded Edith Flapper Dress
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Plus Size 1920s Style Silver Beaded Edith Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage + Pantone Plus Size Classic Blue Short Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage + Pantone Classic Blue Short Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Black Cage Allison Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Style Navy Sweetheart Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Style Navy Sweetheart Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Navy Ruffled Tulle Sweetheart Cupcake Swing Dress
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Vintage Style Black Pleated Satin Long Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Silver Sequin Lina Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Deco Beige & Black Sequin Veronique Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Deco Beige & Black Sequin Veronique Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Navy Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Merlot Red Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Purple Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Mustard Sleeved Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Purple Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Mustard Sleeved Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Mustard Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Style Emerald Green Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Swiss Dotted Mesh Norma-Jean Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1940s Navy Blue Swiss Dotted Mesh Heather Midi Dress
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Retro Style Burgundy Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Leopard Print Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Style Black Sparkle Nicole Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Cranberry Red Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black & Beige Beaded Fringe Magdeleine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Cranberry Red Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Leopard Print Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Silver Sequin Sleeved Therese Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Silver Sequin Lina Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Retro Green Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Gold Sequin & Black Fringe Katriane Flapper Dress
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Retrolicious Plus Size Red Bombshell Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Iridescent Sequin Cocktail Celeste Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Burgundy & Black Sequin Cocktail Celeste Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Silver Sequin Sleeved Therese Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin & Blush Sleeveless Cocktail Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black & Purple Beaded Antoinette Peacock Flapper
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Unique Vintage 1960s Retro Green Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Retro Paprika Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Retro Blue Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Retrolicious Plus Size Black Bombshell Swing Dress
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Plus Size Retro Style Black & Leopard Trim Yael Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black Beaded Fringe Aurore Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Beige & Black Beaded Aurore Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Beige & Black Sequin Long Sleeve Odila Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black Beaded Lynette Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Beaded Fringe Sleeve Nadine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Fringe & Silver Sequin Rosamonde Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Beaded Lynette Fringe Flapper 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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