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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 Burgundy & Leopard Leota Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy & Leopard Leota Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Marceline Swing Dress
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Smak Parlour Leopard Print Babe Alert Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy Deco Devore Velvet Hollywood Duster
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Unique Vintage Burgundy Deco Devore Velvet Hollywood Duster
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Corset Raelynn Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Corset Raelynn Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Vegan Leather Lyddie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Vegan Leather Lyddie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Green Marceline Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Green Marceline Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy Holloway Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy Holloway Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Holloway Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Holloway Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Off Shoulder Gillian Jumpsuit
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Unique Vintage Black Off Shoulder Gillian Jumpsuit
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Retro Style Black Strapless Wide Leg Jumpsuit
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Blue & Black Bias Plaid Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Red Tulle Cupcake Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Red Tulle Cupcake Swing Dress
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Smak Parlour Plus Size Black & White Houndstooth Babe Alert Dress
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Smak Parlour Black & White Houndstooth Babe Alert Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Corset Delaney Jumpsuit
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Unique Vintage Black Corset Delaney Jumpsuit
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Unique Vintage Burgundy La Catrina Velvet Burnout Leota Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Teal & White Floral Leota Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Teal & White Floral Leota Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & White Floral Leota Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & White Floral Leota Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Emerald Velvet Floral Burnout Hemingway Flapper Dress
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Plus Size Multicolor Tropical Floral Print Pippa Wiggle Dress
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Multicolor Tropical Floral Print Pippa Wiggle Dress
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Collectif Plus Size Navy Blue Cameron Pencil Dress
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Collectif Navy Blue Satin Cameron Pencil Dress
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Plus Size Champagne Sparkle Lace Jayne Pencil Dress
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Collectif  Black & Cocktail Menu Print Lorna Pencil Dress
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Collectif 1960s Yellow Clodia Pencil Dress
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Collectif Black & Pink Tipsy Elephants Print Liza Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Pink Floral Reed Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Pink Flamingo Print Ohara Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Beige Josephine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Beige Josephine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Jaqueline Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & White Collar Abbi Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & White Collar Abbi Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Glen Plaid Jaqueline Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Glen Plaid Jaqueline Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Emerald & Black Sequin Tess Flapper Gown
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black Sequin Tess Flapper Gown
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Unique Vintage 1920s Emerald & Black Sequin Tess Flapper Gown
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Sequin Tess Flapper Gown
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Unique Vintage 1920s Emerald Velvet Floral Burnout Hemingway Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Velvet Goldwyn Gown
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1920s Black & Silver Beaded Vancouver Flapper Dress
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Vintage Style Mint Swiss Dot Edwardian Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Olive Green Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Olive Green Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Lace Marmande Flapper Dress
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Collectif Black Velvet Bat Rooey Pencil Dress
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Collectif Plus Size Black Velvet Arionna Fitted Gown
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Collectif Plus Size Black Velvet Bat Rooey Pencil Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Silver Sequin Therese Long Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald Sequin Margaux Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Emerald Sequin Margaux Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Floral Sequin Bayonne Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Silver Sequin Therese Long Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Green & Black Beaded Nadine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin & Beige Miriam Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Green & Ivory Plaid Wilshire Flapper Day Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Deco Print Wilshire Flapper Day Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Green & Ivory Plaid Wilshire Flapper Day Dress
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1920s Style Sapphire Embroidered Tatianna Flapper Dress
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1920s Style Peach & Black Embroidery Eva Flapper Dress
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Vintage Style Black With Grey Alex Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Cream & Pink Floral Joyeux Flapper Day Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Ivory Beaded Nadine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Grey Beaded Nadine Flapper Dress
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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 Black & Silver Sequin Lina Fringe Flapper Dress
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Retro Style Burgundy Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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Retro Style Black Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black & Beige Beaded Fringe Magdeleine 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 1920s Gold Sequin & Black Fringe Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Burgundy & Black Sequin Cocktail Celeste Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin & Blush Sleeveless Cocktail 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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