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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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Alice Pollock for Quorum 1970s Vintage Black Crepe Blouse

Alice Pollock for Quorum Black Satin Back Crepe Vintage Shirt, 1970s
$637.84

Givenchy Haute Couture 1980s Vintage Satin Jacquard Top

Givenchy Haute Couture Vintage 1980s Jacquard Sleeveless Evening Top
$364.48

Kansai Yamamoto 1980s Vintage Dinosaur Print T Shirt

Kansai Yamamoto Women's Dinosaur T Shirt with 3D Spine Detail, 1980s
$364.48

Nina Ricci 1980s High Neck Vintage Peasant Blouse

Nina Ricci Boutique Vintage Women's Silk Velvet, Wool & Lamé Shirt, 1970s
$328.03

EMILIO PUCCI S/S 1959 Documented "La Caccia" Print Silk Blouse Size M

An important and very collectible Emilio Pucci blouse from the S/S 1959 "Botticelliana" collection featuring the iconic "La Caccia" print.
$792.75

Char & Sher Boho Fringed Vintage Suede Shirt

Char Santa Fe Vintage Women's Hippie Brown Suede Fringe Shirt, 1980s
$218.69

Alexander McQueen 1990s Avant Garde Vintage Top

Alexander Mcqueen Satin Ribbon & Cotton Jersey Bondage Top
$546.72

Bernat Klein 1970s Psychedelic Blouse Shirt

Bernat Klein Vintage Psychedelic Balloon Sleeve Blouse, 1970s
$328.03

Vintage Black & Gold Lurex Velvet Bustier & Coat Evening Ensemble

Spectacular metallic gold and black lurex velvet bustier and coat evening ensemble
$364.48

Dolce & Gabbana 1990s Vintage Suede Shirt

Dolce & Gabbana Vintage Brown Cutwork Suede & Leather Shirt, 1990s
$364.48

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
$364.48

Tom Ford for Gucci 2000 Gold & Pink Lurex Blouse

A stunning blouse by Gucci designed by Tom Ford for the Fall 2000 collection.
$364.48

Thierry Mugler 1980s Couture Beaded Metallic Silver Vintage Bustier Top

A spectacular Thierry Mugler bustier top from the late 1980s made of metallic silver fabric, hand beaded all-over.
$1,266.57

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
$501.16

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Sheer Silk Gold Foil Pattern Apricot Orange Vintage Top

YSL Rive Gauche sheer apricot silk top with a baroque style gold metallic thread embellishment
$719.85

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
$391.82

Salvatorre Ferragamo 1980s Silk Floral Print Brown Vintage Shirt

Ferragamo silk overshirt with voluminous sleeves and deep slits to either side of the hem
$318.92

Salvatore Ferragamo 1980s Silk Jungle Print Yellow and Blue Vintage Short Sleeve Shirt

Ferragamo jungle print silk short sleeve shirt with leaves in blues and purples and golden leopards
$318.92

Salvatorre Ferragamo Silk Country Print Brown Vintage Shirt

Ferragamo silk shirt in brown and autumnal tones with a print of animals and ferns
$619.62

Celine 1980s Wool Pleated Peplum Purple Vintage Top

Céline wool top with a multicolour square print and a button front ending with a pleated peplum
$473.83

Yves Saint Laurent 1990s Lace Long Sleeved Blue Vintage Top

Yves Saint Laurent lace long sleeved top with scoop neckline and lined body
$510.27

Valentino Lace and Silk White Vintage Blouse

Valentino white silk blouse with high neck and pale yellow lace
$437.38

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
$400.93

Caroline Charles 1970s Floral Embroidered Ivory Vintage Blouse

Caroline Charles blouse with voluminous sleeves, high mandarin collar and floral embroidery
$328.03

Celine 1980s Silk Paisley Print Multicolour Vintage Pussy Bow Blouse

Céline 1980’s silk pussy bow blouse with gold button cuffs
$473.83

Missoni 1980s knitted green vintage skirt & top set

Early 1980s Vintage Missoni knit skirt & top in cotton linen mix
$318.92

Dolce and Gabbana 1990s Beaded Bra and Shirt Pink Vintage Set

Early Dolce & Gabbana set consisting of black bra with heavy multicoloured beading at the front and a lilac net shirt covered in lilac net cut out flowers

Antique pre 1920s lacework white vintage top Jacket

Vintage white Lace Work Jacket
$710.74

Vintage 1950s wool & iridescent discs pale pink top

Pale pink wool top with eye catching shiney iridescent discs, perfect occasion wear
$246.02

Peter Barron 1960s beaded collar green vintage Top

A 1960s Peter Barron Top with Beaded Collar
$364.48

Vintage 1980s sequin long sleeve pink top

Vintage sequin long sleeved party top
$227.80

Vintage 1950s wool embellished sequin & bead pink top

Highly embellished stand out 1950s wool top
$273.36

Vintage 1920s Sequin & Bead gold Bolero

1920s Bolero with Gold Sequins & Bronze Beading
$583.17

Escada 1980s silk animal gem print vanilla vintage blouse

Amazing animal and gem print silk blouse by Escada from the 1980s
$400.93

Vintage 1980s Cravat Collared black Blouse

Spotted satin statement blouse with cravat bow tie detail at the neck
$273.36

Vintage 1950s Sheer Cream Frilly Blouse

Peter pan collared cream day blouse
$218.69

Vintage 1980s sequined floral black tunic top

Stunning black floral design sequined tunic top from the 1980s
$282.47

Nina Ricci 1970s devore black vintage blouse

Sophisticated devoré blouse by Nina Ricci Haute Boutique from the early 1970s
$701.63

Emilio Pucci 1960s signature print blue silk vintage top

Fabulous signature print top by Emilio Pucci from the 1960s
$619.62

Emilio Pucci 1960s silk and velvet floral printed vintage set

Exceptional 1960s set with blouse & matching palazzo trousers by Emilio Pucci
$1,093.44

Ferragamo 1990s floral & animal print white silk blouse

Delicate 1990's silk blouse by Salvatore Ferragamo
$510.27

Yves Saint Laurent 1980s cotton multicolour floral print blouse

Amazing vintage Yves Saint Laurent YSL Rive Gauche blouse with balloon sleeves
$583.17

Alan Lee of Mayfair 1960s sequinned vintage Evening Top

Beaded & sequin evening top by Alan Lee
$328.03

Emilio Pucci 1990s Cotton classic print vintage Shirt

Classic Pucci print shirt in blue, pale pink, purple and black
$346.26

Christian Dior 1980s Long Sleeved Rose Print Multicoloured Vintage Top

Christian Dior long sleeved rose print tailored top
$309.81

Ossie Clark 1970s moss Crepe brown vintage Top

Chestnut brown crepe classic Ossie Clark top
$437.38

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