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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 Black Velvet Three-Quarter Sleeved Parker Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Velvet Three-Quarter Sleeved Parker Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1940s Style Green Stretch Sleeved Adelia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Deep Red Bengaline Sweetheart Lamar Swing Dress
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1920s Style Teal Blue Floral Print Butterfly Sleeve Midi Dress
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Chi Chi London Navy Blue Baroque Embroidery April Tea Dress
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Chi Chi London Cream Textured & Pink Floral Taynie Swing Dress
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Chi Chi London Black & Ivory Floral Embroidered Cherie Cocktail Dress
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Chi Chi London Black & Silver Embroidered Sleeved Mya Cocktail Dress
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Voodoo Vixen 1950s Black Bengaline Cross Strap Neckline Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Burgundy Red Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Merlot Red Velvet Fit & Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black & Silver Glitter Garden State Mesh Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Silver Glitter Garden State Mesh Cocktail 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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Collectif Black Velvet Long Sleeve Arionna Jumpsuit
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On Sale $88.00 $65.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Retro Mustard Half Sleeve Cassidy Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Merlot Red Velvet Fit & Flare Dress
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On Sale $88.00 $49.99 Regular price

Unique Vintage Plus Size 1950s Black Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Unique Vintage 1950s Black Velvet Delores Swing Dress with Sleeves
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Plus Size 1920s Style Navy Blue Beaded Deco Sleeveless Renee Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Style Blush Pink Sequin Sleeveless Fringe Calais Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Style Blush Pink Sequin Sleeveless Fringe Calais Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Velvet Sheer Long Sleeve Carrie Mermaid Gown
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Merlot Red Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Merlot Red Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Vintage Diva 1960s Eggplant Purple Long Sleeve Richi Wiggle Dress
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Vintage Diva 1950s Black Cotton & Lace Julia Swing Dress
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Vintage Diva 1960s Style Purple Eggplant Button Tab Kathy Wiggle Dress
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Vintage Diva 1960s Style Grey Fay Pencil Dress
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Vintage Diva 1960s Style Black Diane Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Burgundy Velvet Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Olive Green Velvet Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Mustard Velvet Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Black Velvet Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1960s Black Velvet Short Sleeve Stretch Mod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Pink Beaded Yvette Fringe Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & White Pin Dot Off Shoulder Ruffle Dunaway Long Dress
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Vintage Style Mauve Swiss Dot Mesh Short Sleeve Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Pink Beaded Yvette Fringe Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Blush Pink & Black Sequin Fringe Sleeved Laure Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Leopard Print Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Pink & Black Beaded Myriam Long Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Pink & Black Beaded Myriam Long Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Navy Blue Beaded Angel Sleeve Oxsana Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Navy Blue Beaded Angel Sleeve Oxsana Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Deco Black & White Beaded Fortunee Fringe Flapper Dress
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Barbie x Unique Vintage Plus Size Pink Fashion Luncheon Sheath Dress & Jacket
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1920s Teal Beaded Yvette Fringe Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Cream & Gold Sequin Victorine Fringe Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Teal Beaded Yvette Fringe Cocktail Dress
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Unique Vintage Pink Ombre Garden State Chiffon Cocktail Dress
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Vintage Diva 1950s Style Black Lace Sleeved Leonora Swing Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Navy Blue Floral Knit Draped Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Silver Sequin St. Michel Fringe Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Beaded & Blush Sleeveless Emilienne Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Black & Ivory Floral Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Smak Parlour 1960s Style Black Swiss Dot Empower Hour Fit & Flare Dress
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Smak Parlour Black & Red Plaid Trim Pretty Woke Faux Wrap Flare Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Black & Embroidered Red Rose Maryland Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage + Pantone Plus Size Living Coral Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage + Pantone Living Coral Knit Ruffle Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Style Black & Silver Beaded Avignon Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Style Blue & Black Beaded Avignon Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Velvet Draped Off Shoulder Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Ivory Beaded Long Sleeved Bizou Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage 1920s Black & Iridescent Sequin Moll Flapper Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size 1960s Emerald Green Velvet Long Sleeved Cape Cod Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage 1950s Style Black Satin Sleeved Lana Holiday Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Navy Blue Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald Green Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Emerald Green Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Navy Blue Velvet Long Sleeve Damsel Wiggle Dress
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Barbie x Unique Vintage Red Matinee Fashion Sheath Dress & Jacket
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Barbie x Unique Vintage Plus Size Golden Girl Brocade Sheath Dress
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Barbie x Unique Vintage 1960s Style Green Sheath Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Velvet Draped Off Shoulder Sophia Wiggle Dress
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Unique Vintage Black Sequin & Beige Fringe Sandrine 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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