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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 1960s Black Sparkle Charlie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Silver Sparkle Charlie Wiggle Dress
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Plus Size Vintage Style Black Lace Rapture Wiggle Dress
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Pine Green Knit High Neck Sweater Wiggle Dress
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Black & Bronze Metallic Draped Midi Dress
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Wine Sequin Velour Belted Tunic
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Olive Green Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Leopard Print Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Leopard Print Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Olive Green Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Retro Forest Green Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Retro Navy Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Collectif Black & Mint Jerry Pencil Dress
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Collectif Black Bengaline & Lace Germana Pencil Dress
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Collectif Plus Size Black & Mint Jerry Pencil Dress
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Collectif Plus Size Black Bengaline & Lace Germana Pencil Dress
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Navy Velvet & Sequin Fitted Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Lace Marmande Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Style Emerald Robbie Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Style Black Robbie Wiggle Dress
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Smak Parlour Black & Green Plaid Metro Maven Shift Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Ivory & Black Dot Swanson Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Ivory & Black Dot Swanson Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Swiss Dot Swanson Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Swiss Dot Swanson Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Style Eggplant Sweetheart Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Green Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Green Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Style Eggplant Sweetheart Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Navy & Green Plaid Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Grey & Red Plaid Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Black & Gold Pin Dot Dahlia Midi Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Black & Gold Pin Dot Dahlia Midi Dress
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Beige & Silver Sequin Fringe Shift Dress
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Black & Gunmetal Sequin Velour Belted Tunic
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Vintage Style Black Lace Rapture Wiggle Dress
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Black Lace Dark Dreams Fit & Flare Dress
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Black Spaghetti Strap Velvet Dress
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1970s Grey Velvet Ribbed Wide Leg Jumpsuit
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Collectif Black Velvet Arionna Fitted Gown
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1950s Black & Burgundy Ombre Martina Swing Dress
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Voodoo Vixen Black Swiss Dot Vonda Flare Dress
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Collectif Black Lura Pencil Dress
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Collectif Black Velvet Bat Rooey Pencil Dress
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Red & White Lace Collar Weird Sisters Fit & Flare Dresses
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Black & White Lace Collar Weird Sisters Fit & Flare Dresses
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Black Velvet Mistress Of The Dark Side Gown
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Black & Moonshine Print Fit & Flare Dress
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Plus Size 1950s Black & Burgundy Ombre Martina Swing Dress
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Collectif Plus Size Black Lura 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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Plus Size Mauve Mesh Clip Dot Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Silver Sequin Therese Long Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Purple Sequin Margaux Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald Sequin Margaux Flapper Dress
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Smak Parlour Plus Size Hunter Green Charmed Fit & Flare Dress
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Smak Parlour Hunter Green Charmed Fit & Flare Dress
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Mauve Mesh Clip Dot Fit & Flare Dress
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Black Rib Knit Fitted Sweater Dress
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Black Knit High Neck Wiggle Dress
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Burgundy Knit High Neck Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Eggplant Velvet Short Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Eggplant Velvet Short Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Purple 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 Plus Size 1950s Black & Red Plaid Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Black & Red Plaid Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Emerald Sequin Emillion Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Green & Black Beaded Nadine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin Montauban Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin & Beige Miriam Flapper Dress
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Retro Style Black Cross Back Bodycon Wiggle Dress
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Hell Bunny Black Miss Muffet Pencil Dress
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Hell Bunny Plus Size Black Miss Muffet Pencil Dress
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Hell Bunny Black Velvet Nova Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Leopard Print Mae Wiggle Dress
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Hell Bunny Plus Size Black Velvet Nova Fit & Flare Dress
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Hell Bunny Plus Size Black Velvet & Chiffon Gabriella Fit & Flare 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 1920s 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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Unique Vintage 1920s Black & Deco Print Wilshire Flapper Day Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Black Crawford Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Black Crawford Wiggle 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 Cherry Red Embroidered Jackie 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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