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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 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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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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Vintage Style Periwinkle Blue Embroidered Jackie 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 Black & Pink Floral Joyeux Flapper Day Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Ivory Stretch Sheer Bodice Shirelle Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Ivory Beaded Nadine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Grey Beaded Nadine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Black Stretch Sleeved Lucinda Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Navy & White Pin Dot Sleeved Devon Swing 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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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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Retro Style Coral Short Sleeve Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Navy Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Plus Size 1920s Style Gold Beaded Edith 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 Classic Blue Short Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Black Cage Allison Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Navy Ruffled Tulle Cupcake Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Silver Sequin Lina Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Navy Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Style Burgundy Sparkle Nicole Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Style Burgundy Sparkle Nicole Swing 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 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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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 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 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 Beaded Lynette Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Gold Sequin & Black Fringe Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Gold Sequin & Navy Fringe Katriane Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Silver Sequin Sleeveless Joanna Cocktail Dress
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1920s Style Black Beaded Sleeved Norma Flapper Gown
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black Sequin Fringe Del Mar Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black Beaded Long Sleeve Fringe Celia Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Style Black Beaded & Sequin Adalene Cocktail Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Style Black Beaded Fringe Aurore Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Style Beige & Black Beaded Fringe Aurore Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Style Black Beaded & Sequin Adalene Cocktail Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Beaded Long Sleeve Fringe Celia Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Style Emerald Green Stretch Sleeved Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Style Wine Red Stretch Sleeved Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Style Emerald Green Stretch Sleeved Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Style Wine Red Stretch Sleeved Devon Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald Green Velvet Draped Off Shoulder Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1940s Style Eggplant Purple Velvet Kelsie Wrap Dress
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Unique Vintage 1940s Style Green Stretch Sleeved Adelia Wiggle Dress
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1920s Style Mauve Pink Mesh Embroidered Charley Flapper Dress
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1920s Style Black Mesh Ruffle Leonardo Midi Dress
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Vintage Style Gold Embroidered Mesh Edwardian Gown
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Vintage Style Black & Gold Embroidered Mesh Edwardian Gown
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Burgundy Red Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Plus Size Navy Blue Sequin & Beaded Angel Sleeve Bettina Long Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Emerald Green Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Unique Vintage 1950s Burgundy Red Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Unique Vintage 1950s Emerald Green Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Navy Blue Sequin & Beaded Angel Sleeve Bettina Long Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Beige & Black Embroidered Fringe Cocktail Bourges Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy Red & Black Beaded Sleeved Troyes Cocktail Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy Red & Black Beaded Sleeved Troyes Cocktail Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Beige & Black Embroidered Fringe Cocktail Bourges Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Deco Style Blue & Gold Sequin Laurentine Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Beige & Silver Sequin Black Fringe Annecy Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Deco Style Blue & Gold Sequin Laurentine Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy & Gold Beaded Ambroise Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Burgundy & Gold Sequin Lina Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy & Gold Sequin Lina Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Olive Green Velvet Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Burgundy Velvet Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle 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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