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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.


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.


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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Jeff Banks 1970s Beagle Collar Vintage Blouse

Jeff Banks Vintage Balloon Sleeve Satin Jacquard Beagle Collar Blouse, 1970s

Valentino 1980s Floral Vintage Blouse

Valentino Silk & Lame Chiffon Sheer Floral Ruffle Collar Vintage Blouse, 1980s

Ella Singh 1980s Beaded & Sequin Silk Tunic

Ella Singh Rare Beaded & Sequin Black Silk Animal Vintage Tunic Top, 1980s

Bernat Klein 1970s Psychedelic Blouse Shirt

Bernat Klein Vintage Psychedelic Balloon Sleeve Blouse, 1970s

Vintage Black & Gold Lurex Velvet Bustier & Coat Evening Ensemble

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

Paco Rabanne 1960s 1970s Vintage Silver-Tone Mesh Metal Bra Top

An iconic Paco Rabanne silver-tone mesh metal bra top with adjustable closures and signature metal plate.

YVES SAINT LAURENT 1970s Vintage Lace Up Peasant Blouse Size XS

An iconic Yves Saint Laurent peasant blouse with front lacing - one of the designer's most sought after designs and instantly recognizable.

Chanel Black Silk Leaves Sleeveless Shirt

Chanel black silk colour leaves "falling off on the ocean" print sleeveless shirt from year 2006 pre-collection

Dolce & Gabbana 1990s Vintage Suede Shirt

Dolce & Gabbana Vintage Brown Cutwork Suede & Leather Shirt, 1990s

John Richmond A/W 1992 Punk Mesh Jersey Top

John Richmond Long Sleeve Punk Mesh Stretch Jersey Tunic Top / Micro Mini Dress, Fall-Winter 1992

Tory Burch Silk Blend Gwenna Blue Tunic top

Tory Burch Blue Silk Blend Gwenna Tunic Blouse Top with ruffles

Philipp Plein Silk Sequin Asymmetric One Shoulder Blue Vintage Top

Vintage Philipp Plein asymmetric one shoulder top in blue silk with an all over sequin embellishment.

Diane Von Furstemberg Embellished grey vintage Top

Diane Von Furstemberg Gray Embellished Sleeveless top

Valentino Couture Black Chiffon Beaded Long Sleeve Vintage Top

Valentino Couture black chiffon beaded top with scoop neck and layered hem

Lanvin Viscose and Wool Sleeveless Ruffle Detail Purple Vintage Top

Vintage Lanvin sleeveless top in purple wool and viscose with a ruffle detail.

Lanvin SS16 Ruffle Trim Linen and Cotton Stone Grey Vintage Sleeveless Top

Lanvin SS16 ruffle trim sleeveless top in stone grey linen and cotton.

Dolce & Gabbana Black Satin Lace Trim Top

D&G lave edge loose fit sheer black sleeveless top

Christian Dior John Galliano A/W 2006 Trompe L'oeil T Shirt

Autumn Winter 2006 John Galliano Nude Pink T-Shirt

Roberto Cavalli 1970s Tropical Suede Shirt

Roberto Cavalli Vintage Pink Tropical Island Printed Suede, 1970s

Versace White Viscose Halterneck Top

Versace white halterneck top with a gathered bust and turnlock clasp to one shoulder

Tom Ford for Gucci 2000 Gold & Pink Lurex Blouse

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

Emilio Pucci 1980s Gold Sleeveless Blouse

1980s Pucci by Muratori gold cotton sleeveless blouse

Nina Ricci 1980s Black and Green Top

Nina Ricci 1980's long sleeved top with green and black pattern embossed flowers

Thierry Mugler 1990s Batwing Purple Pussy Bow Blouse

Amazing Thierry Mugler silk vintage shirt with batwing sleeves and pussy bow neck

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