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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 1920s Deco Red & Black Veronique Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Deco Red & Black Veronique Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Deco Purple & Black Sequin Veronique Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy Red Velvet Draped Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy Red Velvet Draped Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Deco Purple & Black Sequin Veronique Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Gold Sequin Therese Long Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Style Black Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Beaded & Sequin Margaux Sleeved Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Hemingway Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Style Black Knit Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Black Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Smak Parlour Black Stretch Scalloped Short Sleeve Charmed Fit & Flare Dress
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Plus Size 1970s Style Multicolor Leopard Print Athena Shift Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Floral Capelet Jaymes Wiggle Dress
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1970s Style Multicolor Leopard Print Athena Shift Dress
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Pink & Yellow Multi Floral Print Smocked Mini Dress
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On Sale $78.00 $41.99 Regular price

Vintage Style Black Sweater Knit Fitted Dress
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On Sale $72.00 $38.99 Regular price

Vintage Style Black Velvet Butterfly Sleeve Gown
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On Sale $68.00 $36.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Green Davenport Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Vivienne Pencil Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $40.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1960s Green Davenport Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $27.97 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1960s Navy Blue Davenport Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $40.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Black Joanie Wiggle Dress
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Retro Style Red Tiered Amara Flare Dress
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On Sale $78.00 $41.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1960s Black Mae Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $32.99 Regular price

Plus Size 1960s Black Yetta Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $72.00 $32.99 Regular price

Black Pleated Short Sleeve Flare Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $30.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Eggplant Joanie Wiggle Dress
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1950s Red Off Shoulder Mona Swing Dress
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On Sale $82.00 $37.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1960s Eggplant Joanie Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $47.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Eggplant Ohara Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Black Ohara Swing Dress
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On Sale $78.00 $37.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1950s Black Ohara Swing Dress
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On Sale $78.00 $37.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1960s Green Crawford Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $24.97 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1950s Grey Windowpane Devon Swing Dress
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On Sale $98.00 $37.97 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1960s Burgundy Beaulieu Pencil Dress
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On Sale $72.00 $26.97 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1960s Black Beaulieu Pencil Dress
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On Sale $72.00 $33.99 Regular price

Black Ruffled Tulip Fit & Flare Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $30.99 Regular price

Plus Size 1950s Red Off Shoulder Mona Swing Dress
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On Sale $82.00 $52.99 Regular price

Pastel Striped Sequin Mini Party Dress
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On Sale $62.00 $28.99 Regular price

Black Sequin Sheer Stripe Mini Party Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $42.99 Regular price

Black Velvet & Silver Stars Opening Night Tulip Dress
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On Sale $128.00 $74.99 Regular price

Dark Teal Sequin Long Sleeve Shift Dress
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On Sale $62.00 $24.99 Regular price

Retro Style Merlot Velvet Wide Leg Charleston Jumpsuit
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On Sale $124.00 $66.99 Regular price

1940s Style Dark Green CEO Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $142.00 $76.99 Regular price

Plus Size Dark Teal Sequin Long Sleeve Shift Dress
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On Sale $62.00 $33.99 Regular price

Plus Size Wine Sequin Long Sleeve Shift Dress
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On Sale $62.00 $24.99 Regular price

Plus Size 1940s Style Dark Green CEO Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $142.00 $76.99 Regular price

Magnolia Place Plus Size Black & Gold Glitter Stars Alexa Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Plus Size Light Blue & Silver Snowflake Valentina Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Light Blue & Silver Snowflake Valentina Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Black & Gold Glitter Stars Alexa Swing Dress
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Wine Sequin Long Sleeve Shift Dress
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On Sale $62.00 $24.99 Regular price

Royal Blue Sparkle Lace Up Fit & Flare Dress
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On Sale $52.00 $25.99 Regular price

Black Velvet Short Sleeve Maxi Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $36.99 Regular price

Smak Parlour Dark Navy & Golden Floral Babe Alert Dress
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Magnolia Place Plus Size Metallic Green Ribbed Valentina Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Plus Size Black Sparkle Victoria Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Metallic Green Ribbed Valentina Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Black Sparkle Victoria Swing Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $42.99 Regular price

Magnolia Place Plus Size 1950s Iridescent Rose Gold Sparkle Martina Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Plus Size 1950s Gold Sparkle Layla Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place 1950s Iridescent Rose Gold Sparkle Martina Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place 1950s Black Textured Velvet Ava Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place 1950s Gold Sparkle Layla Swing Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $36.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy Velvet Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Dark Green Pearlie Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $28.97 Regular price

Retro Style Black Fitted Tulip Dress
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On Sale $62.00 $39.99 Regular price

Burgundy Velvet Short Sleeve Maxi Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $42.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size Grey Silver Corduroy Velvet Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Grey Silver Corduroy Velvet Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Retro Style Burgundy Fitted Tulip Dress
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On Sale $62.00 $39.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1950s Purple Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Smak Parlour Black Velvet & Sparkle Plaid Girl Power Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy Velvet Sharon Gown
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On Sale $98.00 $28.97 Regular price

Unique Vintage Emerald Velvet Sharon Gown
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On Sale $98.00 $30.97 Regular price

Retro Style Black Velvet Wide Leg Charleston Jumpsuit
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On Sale $124.00 $56.99 Regular price

1970s Style Black Faux Two Piece Jumpsuit
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On Sale $68.00 $25.99 Regular price

1970s Style Camel Faux Two Piece Jumpsuit
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On Sale $68.00 $42.99 Regular price

1950s Black Dior Swing Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $40.99 Regular price

Collectif 1950s Black Velvet & Lace Alicia Swing Dress
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On Sale $98.00 $45.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage 1950s Multicolor Stripe Satin Leota Swing Dress
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Collectif Plus Size 1950s Black Velvet & Lace Alicia Swing Dress
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Magnolia Place Plus Size 1950s Black Textured Velvet Ava Swing Dress
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Plus Size 1950s Black Dior Swing Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $55.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Emerald Sparkle Warhol Tulip Sheath Dress
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1920s Style Navy Blue Beaded Peacock Flapper Dress
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On Sale $158.00 $118.99 Regular price

Plus Size 1920s Blue Grey Beaded Deco Angelina Maxi Flapper Dress
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Plus Size Vintage Style Black Lace Rapture Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $158.00 $72.99 Regular price



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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