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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 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 1940s Style Black Stretch Sleeved Adelia 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 1960s Black Stretch Sleeved Lucinda Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Gold Sequin Therese Long Flapper Dress
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Stop Staring! Plus Size Mad Style Eggplant Cap Sleeve Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Style Black Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Stop Staring! Mad Style Eggplant Cap Sleeve Swing 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 Style Black Criss Cross Halter Flare Rita Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Black Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Unique Vintage 1960s Style Black Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Collectif Black & Sheer Swiss Dot Short Sleeve Wednesday Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Off Shoulder Ruffle Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Royal Blue Gidget Fit & Flare Dress
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Plus Size Navy & White Polka Dot Lyric Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $55.99 Regular price

Plus Size Vintage Style Black Lace Lily Swing Dress
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On Sale $128.00 $81.99 Regular price

Collectif Plus Size Red Off Shoulder Sasha Fishtail 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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On Sale $58.00 $36.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Black Cage Allison Wiggle Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $47.99 Regular price

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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Vintage Style Black Pleated Satin Long Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $50.99 Regular price

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 1950s Mustard Sweetheart Dianne Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Swiss Dotted Mesh Norma-Jean Wiggle Dress
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Retro Style Burgundy Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $36.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Cranberry Red Long Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Retro Green Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Iridescent Sequin Cocktail Celeste Flapper Dress
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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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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Beige & Black Sequin Long Sleeve Odila Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black Fringe & Silver Sequin Rosamonde Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Beige & Black Floral Lace Georgine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1940s Style Black Short Sleeve Camilla Midi Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Purple Long Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Purple Long Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Style Dark Teal Bengaline Sweetheart Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Style Dark Teal Bengaline Sweetheart Lamar Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Retro Mustard Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Burgundy & Black Beaded Fringe Magdeleine Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Black Lace Short Sleeve Linette Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Style Black & White Sequin Florent Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Charcoal Grey Sequin Alix Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Charcoal Grey Sequin Alix Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Gold Beaded Cap Sleeve Rolande Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Navy & Silver Sequin Long Sleeve Fringe Marchelle Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Style Blue & Black Beaded Avignon Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Beige & Royal Blue Sequin Rouen Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Beige & Royal Blue Sequin Rouen Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Style Blush Pink & Black Sequin Isabeau Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Burgundy & Gold Sequin Pernelle Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Bronze Beaded Sequin Juliette Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Antique Silver Sequin Fringe Del Mar Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $61.99


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Vintage Style Black Lace Lily Swing Dress
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On Sale $128.00 $73.99 Regular price

Voodoo Vixen Plus Size 1970s Teal Green Georgina Bodycon Dress
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Voodoo Vixen 1970s Teal Green Georgina Bodycon Dress
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On Sale $78.00 $44.99 Regular price

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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Unique Vintage 1920s Black & Silver Lille Fringed Flapper Dress
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Glamour Bunny 1950s Black Selena Pencil Dress
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On Sale $128.00 $69.99 Regular price

Retro Style Beige Ruched Wrap Front Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $30.99 Regular price

Off White & Silver Sequin Midi Shift Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $30.99 Regular price

Dark Hunter Green & Ivory Polka Dot Flocked Midi Dress
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On Sale $58.00 $30.99 Regular price

Collectif 1950s Navy Polka Dot Princess Liz Swing Dress
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On Sale $108.00 $54.99 Regular price

Vintage Style Emerald Green Velvet Mock Neck Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1940s Navy Blue Swiss Dotted Heather Midi Dress
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1960s Style Rust & Black Houndstooth Audrey Wiggle Dress
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Blush Pink Sequin Sleeveless Shift Dress
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On Sale $52.00 $27.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Merlot Red Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $25.97 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size Navy Blue Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Navy Blue Velvet Stephanie Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Purple Velvet Short Sleeve Mod Wiggle Dress
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Black Sequin Mini Dress
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On Sale $68.00 $28.97 Regular price

Black Sequin Sleeveless Shift Dress
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On Sale $52.00 $23.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Swiss Dotted Mesh Norma-Jean Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1940s Style Red Sleeved Adelia Wiggle Dress
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Stop Staring! Champagne Shimmer Midi Dress
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On Sale $168.00 $76.99 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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