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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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Jean Paul Gaultier Shirt Body Fringe Silk Vintage Green

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Na Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Green Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Green, , Size : Medium
$587.85

White Alaia Stretch Short-Sleeve Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Alaia Style : Revival Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, ,
$1,465.23

Black Simone Rocha Asymmetrical Ruffle Tulle Blouse

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Simone Rocha Style : Revival Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
$798.42

Brown Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Yves Saint Laurent Style : Revival Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Brown, ,
$851.06

1970s Black Two-Piece Pant and Top Set

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Na Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Decade : 1970-1979
$414.88

Ermanno Scervino Lace shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Ermanno Scervino Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : 42
$280.76

Cartier Must de Cartier Line Burgundy Cowhide Leather Top Handbag

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Cartier Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : 11 x 3.7 x 8.7 inches 28 x 9.5 x 22 cm
$807.19

Gianluca Capannolo Bow top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Gianluca Capannolo Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 42
$280.76

Vionnet Paris Satellites shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Vionnet Paris Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 44
$412.37

Ermanno Scervino Embroidered blouse

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Ermanno Scervino Gender : Female Dial Colour : Red Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, ,
$482.56

Alberto Biani Blouse

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Alberto Biani Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 46
$412.37

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Vintage Lace-Up Denim Corset Top As Worn By Kim Kardashian Size S-M

An iconic vintage Junior Gaultier salmon pink denim top as worn by Kim Kardashian.
$614.17

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN A/W 1998 "Joan" Strapless Boned Top Size S

A rare Alexander McQueen strapless top from the A/W 1996 "Joan" collection.
$772.10

Rochas Silk shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Rochas Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : 40
$263.21

Pierre Cardin Creation Lace Floral Shirt Cotton Vintage White

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Pierre Cardin Gender : Female Dial Colour : White Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : Small
$193.02

Brunello Cucinelli Cotton shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Brunello Cucinelli Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Nude & Neutrals, ,
$175.48

Giorgio Armani Blue Silk Short Sleeve Wrap Shirt Blouse Size 38

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Armani Gender : Female Dial Colour : Blue Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Blue, ,
$217.94

Dior Black Tank Top With Silk Wrap Details

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Christian Dior Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
$947.57

Lanvin Vibrant Abstract Printed Silk Wrap Blouse - 1980's

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Lanivn Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 42 (Fr) - We estimate sizes: 10 (US) / 14 (UK)
$438.69

Sleeveless Smock Dress

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
$823.34

Alexander McQueen Silk blouse

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Alexander Mcqueen Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, , Size : 40
$324.63

Black Vintage Comme des Garcons Lace-Like Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Comme Des Garcons Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
$412.37

Multicolor Versace Printed Short-Sleeve Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Versace Style : Revival Gender : Female Dial Colour : Multi Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Multi, ,
$517.66

Louis Vuitton Grey Silk Jersey Shirt Dress - 21st Century

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Louis Vuitton Gender : Female Dial Colour : Grey Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Grey, , Size : 40 (France) - 12 (UK) / 8 (US) - please refer to
$1,140.60

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