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Vintage Women's 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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Franka 1980s Hand Beaded Bustier Top

Franka London 1980s Couture Hand Beaded Vintage Peplum Bustier Top
£350.00

Hi Tek 1990s Black Leather & Metal Plates Vest

An amazing and edgy vintage women's sleeveless jacket from the 90s by Alexander for Hi Tek designs.
£250.00

Gianfranco Ferre 1980s Mohair Blend Fuzzy Sweater

Gianfranco Ferre Heavy Kid Mohair, Wool & Satin Sequinned Hairy Sweater, 1980s
£180.00

Moschino 1990s 'I Love You Very Much' Denim & Cotton Shirt.

Moschino 'I Love You Very Much' Vintage Embroidered Denim & Rayon Shirt, 1990s
£180.00

Women's 1980s Deconstructed Couture Style Sweater

Women's Vintage Deconstructed Bouclé Knit Punk Couture Style Jumper, 1980s
£200.00

Gianfranco Ferre Burnt Orange Rabbit Fur Tank Top

Gianfranco Ferre Burnt Orange Laser Cut Rabbit Fur & Jersey Tank Top
£150.00

Antonio Marras Spring 2000 Patchwork Sheer Top

Antonio Marras Runway Artisanal Patchwork Sheer Tulle Top / Jacket, Spring 2000
£220.00

Vintage 1970s Embroidered Kimono Sleeve Bodice

Vintage Intricately Embroidered Aghan Tribal Cropped Wide Kimono Sleeve Bodice
£200.00

Moschino 1980s Wearable Art Wool Sweater

Moschino Vintage Colorful Embroidered Black Wearable Art Wool Sweater, 1980s
£240.00

Dolce & Gabbana 1990s Ultra Long Sleeves Bodice Top

Dolce & Gabbana Vintage Ultra Long Sleeves Black Silk Bodice Top, 1990s
£400.00

Alice Pollock for Quorum 1970s Vintage Black Crepe Blouse

Alice Pollock for Quorum Black Satin Back Crepe Vintage Shirt, 1970s
£350.00

Givenchy Haute Couture 1980s Vintage Satin Jacquard Top

Givenchy Haute Couture Vintage 1980s Jacquard Sleeveless Evening Top
£200.00

Kansai Yamamoto 1980s Vintage Dinosaur Print T Shirt

Kansai Yamamoto Women's Dinosaur T Shirt with 3D Spine Detail, 1980s
£200.00

Alexander McQueen 1990s Avant Garde Vintage Top

Alexander Mcqueen Satin Ribbon & Cotton Jersey Bondage Top
£300.00

Bernat Klein 1970s Psychedelic Blouse Shirt

Bernat Klein Vintage Psychedelic Balloon Sleeve Blouse, 1970s
£180.00

Vintage Black & Gold Lurex Velvet Bustier & Coat Evening Ensemble

Spectacular metallic gold and black lurex velvet bustier and coat evening ensemble
£200.00

Tom Ford for Gucci 2000 Gold & Pink Lurex Blouse

A stunning blouse by Gucci designed by Tom Ford for the Fall 2000 collection.
£200.00

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

Averardo Bessi 1960s Silk Petal Print Pale Blue Vintage Shirt

Silk shirt by Averardo Bessi with a pale blue background and a print of pink, purple and blue petals
£215.00

Salvatorre Ferragamo 1980s Silk Floral Print Brown Vintage Shirt

Ferragamo silk overshirt with voluminous sleeves and deep slits to either side of the hem
£175.00

Salvatorre Ferragamo Silk Country Print Brown Vintage Shirt

Ferragamo silk shirt in brown and autumnal tones with a print of animals and ferns
£340.00

Yves Saint Laurent 1990s Lace Long Sleeved Blue Vintage Top

Yves Saint Laurent lace long sleeved top with scoop neckline and lined body
£280.00

Valentino Lace and Silk White Vintage Blouse

Valentino white silk blouse with high neck and pale yellow lace
£240.00

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s Diagonal Check Multicolour Vintage Pussy Bow Blouse

YSL Rive Gauche silk blouse with a vibrant print of checks on a black ground with a pussy bow neck
£220.00

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