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Cocktail Dresses


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1970s Unique Vintage Plus Size Silver Sparkle Heddy Jumpsuit
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1970s Unique Vintage Silver Sparkle Heddy Jumpsuit
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1970s Gold & Black Zebra Stripe Jumpsuit
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1970s Unique Vintage Green Sparkle & Black Floral Velvet Minnelli Jumpsuit
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Unique Vintage Black Sequins Warhol Tulip Sheath Dress
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1970s Unique Vintage Black Leopard Devore Velvet Amoret Caftan
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1970s Unique Vintage Plus Size Bronze Metallic One Shoulder Lucretia Fitted Dress
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1970s Unique Vintage Bronze Metallic One Shoulder Lucretia Fitted Dress
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1970s Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Metallic One Shoulder Lucretia Fitted Dress
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1970s Unique Vintage Black Metallic One Shoulder Lucretia Fitted Dress
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Unique Vintage Burgundy & Black Lace Dita Swing Dress
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1950s Unique Vintage Navy Velvet Gilda Swing Dress
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Smak Parlour Silver Champagne Free Spirit Wrap Dress
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Silver Sequin Split Leg Jumpsuit
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Emerald Green Velvet Ruffle Mini Dress
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Silver Sequin Mini Dress
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Unique Vintage Rust Orange Warhol Tulip Sheath Dress
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1960s Smak Parlour Black & Multicolor Sparkle Girl Power Fit & Flare Dress
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Emerald Green Satin Ruffle Maxi Dress
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Unique Vintage Red & Black Plaid Velvet Sleeved Mod Wiggle Dress
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Black Sequin Wrap Romper
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Cream & Silver Sequin Wrap Romper
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Green Dior Swing Dress
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1920s Unique Vintage Plus Size Purple & Green Del Mar Flapper Dress
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1920s Unique Vintage Purple & Green Del Mar Flapper Dress
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1960s Unique Vintage Burgundy Sparkle Warhol Tulip Sheath Dress
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1940s Unique Vintage Plus Size Black Embossed Velvet Barrie Maxi Dress
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1970s Unique Vintage Plus Size Emerald Sparkle One Sleeve Yvonne Jumpsuit
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1970s Unique Vintage Emerald Sparkle One Sleeve Yvonne Jumpsuit
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1950s Unique Vintage Green Velvet & Black Floral Marceline Swing Dress
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The cocktail dress evolved post World War I as a party dress that fits somewhere between an everyday dress and a ball gown. As hemlines rose, so did a new lifestyle that involved nightclubs, parties and other special events that required something dressier than the afternoon dress, but less formal than a full-length ballgown. 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 the most comfortable.
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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