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Vintage Blouses, Shirts & Tops

European and American women began wearing shirts in 1860, when the Garibaldi shirt, a red shirt as worn by the freedom fighters, was popularised by Empress Eugenie of France. Today, shirts come in a vast array of styles and shapes which have evolved through history. Below we have untangled the most common types of shirts and blouses found within women’s designer shirting.

Camp shirt

A camp shirt is a short-sleeved, casual buttoned shirt with a loose fit and a “camp collar”.

Dress shirt

A dress shirt is, as the name suggests, a more formal shirt with a slightly stiff collar, long sleeves and a button down fastening.

Poet shirt

With aristocratic and romantic undertones, the poet shirt is a loose-fitting shirt or blouse with full bishop sleeves, and normally features a ruffle design by the collar.

Tunic

With a world-spanning, ancient history, the tunic is a simple shirt made with a two-piece construction. The style is a recurring women’s Summer staple.

Shirtwaist

Also called a “tailored waist”, the shirtwaist is an historical women’s tailored shirt.

Stripped off men’s shirts’ formal detailing (eg. cuffs, defined collars, pockets) or not, the shirt and blouse are very versatile garments that can be worn informally unbuttoned with tank tops or formally buttoned underneath sweaters and blazers, as effortlessly evidenced by countless style icons over the decades.

OfV says: The power of a good shirt should not be estimated. Staples like the classic white, striped and gingham checked vintage shirt (think Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent) transition perfectly between the seasons; and statement vintage shirts or vintage blouses with novelty, retro-nodding or ethnic-inspired prints make up the ultimate go-to vintage shirts for leisured days. With the right styling, both smart and casual vintage shirts – be they oversized, slim fit or asymmetrical – co-function as office and leisure wear. Worn with smart trousers and a blazer between 9-5, simply roll up the sleeves and swap trousers with your favourite jeans for the weekend. At Open for Vintage, we have a special penchant for vintage statement shirts in luxurious materials, such as Versace’s bold 1980s printed vintage women’s shirts, Emilio Pucci’s psychedelic print vintage silk shirts, and embroidered vintage linen shirts by floral-heavy designers like Dries van Noten.

At Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth living on. Our curated edit of unique and contemporary vintage and pre-owned fashion pieces are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance, and of course, style appeal.

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Escada Clock Pocket Watch Gold & black vintage Bodysuit

Escada Clock Pocket Watch Gold & black vintage Bodysuit
£155.22

Chanel 1980s Pleated Front Sleeveless White Crop Top Blouse

Vintage 1980s Chanel sleeveless crop top blouse in white with a pleated front.
£736.79

Vintage 1980s Roller Disco Beaded Fringe Blue Halterneck Top

Vintage 1980s roller disco style halterneck top in a blue and purple pattern with beads allover and a fringe detailing.
£131.57

Antique Edwardian Striped Lace Leaf Appliqued Pale Yellow Blouse

Edwardian pale yellow and white textured cotton blouse with leaf shaped lace appliqué pieces across the shoulders
£131.57

Gaddie 1960s Fan Print Sheer Cotton Purple Vintage Blouse

Gaddi California fan print sheer cotton cropped blouse with long sleeves and button down front
£221.79

Antique 1910s Lace Edge Square Collar White Cotton Blouse

Length (inches) : 17 in.
Size : Width: None, Length:17 in. (43 cm)
Material : Lace
Currency : GBP
specification : White, Lace, Excellent
£146.61

Pucci 1970s Beaded and Charm Blue Skirt and Blouse Ensemble

Emilio Pucci for Saks Fifth Avenue skirt and blouse set with a long sleeved blouse and full three band skirt, both in a print of pink and cream charms on a dark blue ground
£902.19

Gucci Silk Floral Print Drawstring Purple Vintage Bandeau Top

Gucci bandeau strapless silk op with an elasticated top and drawstring hem
£131.00

Nina Ricci 1970s Rainbow Wave Star vintage Blouse

Nina Ricci 1970s Rainbow Wave Star vintage Blouse
£672.88

Chanel 1990s Cotton Jersey White Logo black vintage t-shirt

Vintage Chanel Logo Black T-Shirt
£300.00

Yves Saint Laurent 1990s silk white vintage blouse

Yves Saint Laurent 1990s silk white vintage blouse
£300.00

Fendi Jewel detail embellished black vintage blouse

Fendi Jewel detail embellished black vintage blouse
£465.00

Phillip Lim Silk patterned multicolour pink vintage shirt

Phillip Lim Silk patterned multicolour pink vintage shirt
£119.00

Dries Van Noten Reversible printed green vintage bomber jacket

Dries Van Noten Reversible printed green vintage bomber jacket
£338.00

Vintage 1970s Sheer Lace black Vintage Blouse

A 1970s vintage sheer black lace blouse
£315.00

Whiting & Davis 1980s Metal Mesh pink vintage Halter Top

A 1980s vintage whiting & davis pale pink metal mesh halter top
£475.00

Ferrara Whiting & Davis 1980s Gold Metal Mesh vintage Top

A 1980s vintage Ferrara Whiting & Davis gold metal mesh top
£555.00

Oleg Cassini 1990s Chiffon red vintage Poet Blouse

A 1990s vintage red chiffon poet blouse by Oleg Cassini
£158.00

Rudi Gernreich 1960s Patchwork Knit vintage Swimsuit

1960s vintage Rudi Gernreich one piece patchwork swimsuit
£1,240.00

Donna Karan 1990s Silk navy vintage Blouse Bodysuit

A 1990s vintage navy blue silk blouse bodysuit by designer Donna Karan
£123.00

Guy Laroche 1990s Leopard Top beige vintage Bodysuit

A 1990s Guy Laroche leopard top & lace bodysuit
£123.00

Pucci Geometric Print V Neck Blue and Purple Vintage Top

Pucci viscose top in a geometric print of blue, purple, white and black with long sleeves and a V neck
£117.00

Dries Van Noten Southwestern Embroidery Tan Vintage Shirt

Vintage Dries van Noten shirt with a Southwestern style embroidery at the front.
£233.22

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Linen Collarless White Vintage Shirt

YSL Rive Gauche white linen shirt with a round neckline and chest gold buttoned patch pockets
£275.00

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