Be inspired by ModCloth's EXCLUSIVE collection of vintage inspired, women's cocktail & party dresses. Discover our most popular styles of party dresses, which include darling mini dresses, vintage-inspired swing dresses, babydoll dresses, long cocktail dresses, bridesmaid dresses, sequin party dresses, velvet party dresses, and more
ModCloth loves carrying a wide variety of silhouettes and a great selection of patterns and solids, but we are most proud of our abundance of sizes. From XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, 1X, 2X, 3X, and 4X, our cocktail dresses are for everyone.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VINTAGE-INSPIRED PARTY DRESSES ? Well, that depends on what era of fashion you feel like channeling today:
40’s Party Dresses: Classic a-line dresses, often with button-up detailing, short sleeves, lapel collars, and stylish belts at the high-rise waist are a timeless staple of 1940s women’s party dresses. For a more formal affair in the forties, over-the-shoulder party dresses with ample swing skirts were quite popular. Party dresses with floral prints, and vibrant solids (especially navy blue cocktail dresses) were all the rage during this era, and silk cocktail dresses as well as velvet party dresses made their appearance.
50’s Party Dresses: Rockabilly style began influencing fashion in the 1950’s, and this is the era when swing dresses, fit-and-flare dresses, and sleeveless party dresses first made their debut! (Think Marilyn in her timeless, white halter-top dress). Tie-neck collars became a fashion must-have, and don’t forget the prints! Polka-dot party dresses, plaid party dresses, and deep emerald green party dresses have been stealing hearts ever since.
60’s Party Dresses: In the 1960’s, all manners of mini dresses became mainstream! The babydoll dress, smocked party dresses, off the shoulder party dresses, belted party dresses, shirred party dresses, and FINALLY party dresses with pockets! Bold floral print party dresses, leopard print party dresses, and colorblock party dresses are still fashion hallmarks of this iconic era.
70’s Party Dresses: Flowy long party dresses and party dresses with bold geometric prints can be traced back to the 1970s fashion era. Tiered party dresses, ruffled party dresses, and babydoll party dresses made a comeback in the 70’s, and the disco era made way for sequined party dresses, metallic party dresses, and ruched party dresses.
80’s Party Dresses: Cute mini dresses reached new heights in the 1980’s, and metallic print party dresses with puff sleeves and tulle overlay took over prom night! Neon party dresses with oversized bows ruled the dance floor, and Madonna made us fall in love with black mesh party dresses as well as party dresses with ruffles upon ruffles.
90’s Party Dresses: Chic black party dresses never go out of style, but the edgy fashion sensibilities of the 1990s fashion era took black party dresses to the next level. Mock neck cocktail dresses and sheer party dresses hit the red carpet. Halter top party dresses had a major comeback from the 50’s and bodycon party dresses made their first appearance. Long, backless party dresses and peplum party dresses also show up in timeless 90’s era fashion.
Whatever era in fashion you seek to inspire, we're here to support you with cute party dresses in every size!
Women’s clothing for our ModCloth community is about variety and creative expression! ModCloth loves representing the perfect fit for every woman, especially in vintage-inspired styles that go above and beyond the status quo. ModCloth makes it fun and easy to express yourself in sizes ranging XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, 1X, 2X, 3X, and 4X.
Yes, we have all our favorite essential clothing basics that include relaxed-fit tees, leggings, tunics, cardigans, and stretchy denim jeans. ModCloth also has you covered with workwear essentials like sophisticated blazers, trousers, dresses, and button-up tops, but here’s how ModCloth goes beyond basic to showcase your retro-chic sensibilities:
Era-based fashion so you can channel the art deco-inspired 1920s, classic pin-up vibes from the 1930’s, the mod 40’s, the rockabilly 50’s, retro 70’s vibes with high-rise, wide-leg pants and psychedelic prints, the neon 80’s, and the pop, punk, and goth movements of the 90’s!
Exclusive collaborations with exciting brands like Hello Kitty, Barbie, Care Bears, Collectif, Princess Highway, and more!
Hard-to-find options for vintage-inspired coats, jumpsuits, overalls, swing skirts, sleepwear, outerwear, and swimwear.
SO MUCH to choose from in women’s dresses! Fit-and-flare dresses, swing dresses, maxi dresses, cocktail dresses, party dresses, mini dresses, babydoll dresses, shirt dresses, midi dresses, sweater dresses…and MOST of them have POCKETS!
Our most popular women’s clothing styles offer exclusive hand-drawn prints that range from elegant to quirky with an emphasis on current trends. Whether you love cats, dogs, books, deep sea creatures, outerspace, moon phases, stars, celestial, dinosaurs, bunnies, bugs, bears, florals, rainbows, or reptiles, our talented design team is always coming up with unique ways for you to express yourself.
Elegant dresses for special occasions including stunning wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, cocktail dresses, and evening gowns that are full of unique, vintage-inspired detailing.
So how do you feel like expressing yourself today? Are you feeling a bit kawaii? Cottagecore? Boho-chic? Feeling your goth streak? Or maybe you just want to wear something that lets everyone know how much you love your cat. Whatever you want in vintage-inspired women’s clothing, ModCloth is with you all the way. Come explore our latest women’s clothing collection now!