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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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Valentino Couture Black Chiffon Beaded Top

Valentino Couture top in black chiffon with long sleeves and beaded detailing.
30,142.35 (INR)

Miss O by Oscar de la Renta 1980s Floral Print Brown Silk Blouse

Miss O by Oscar de la Renta long sleeved silk blouse with a pussy bow neck and a print of a brown trellis with small pink flowers
14,657.72 (INR)

Givenchy for Chesa 1970s Paisley Print Orange and Blue Vintage Shirt

1970s Givenchy for Chesa Paisley print striped shirt in a fine orange and blue pattern
8,124.48 (INR)

Antique Edwardian Mesh Embroidered Black Blouse

Edwardian blouse with a high neck and embellished with jet bead
51,668.97 (INR)

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Ribbed Black and Red Knit Sweater and Maxi Skirt Set

A stunning Yves Saint Laurent set from the 1970s consisting of a knitted sweater and its matching maxi skirt.
71,022.65 (INR)

Emilio Pucci 1960s Grey Vintage Palazzo Pants and Blouse Ensemble

A fabulous Emilio Pucci ensemble from the 1960s consisting of wide palazzo pants and a matching blouse.
39,738.86 (INR)

Chanel 1990s Knit Button Up Blue Vintage Cardigan

Vintage Chanel 1990s knit cardigan in blue with a button fastening.
22,747.54 (INR)

Vintage 1960s Orange and White Striped Sailor Top.

1960's button front sailor's top with a bright orange bow at the neck
11,373.77 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Watermelon Red Tank Top and Shorts

Sleeveless tank top and shorts set in watermelon red with white piping
14,623.06 (INR)

Vintage 1980s Sheer Striped Purple Blouse

1980's classic blouse with three quarter length full sleeves and a high neck
8,124.48 (INR)

Yves Saint Laurent 1970s Silk Metallic Lame Evening Ensemble

A spectacular Yves Saint Laurent metallic silk lamé evening set consisting of a blouse and its matching pleated maxi skirt.
95,119.61 (INR)

Hermes Orange Plaza De Toros De Watrigant Silk Blouse

Hermes Plaza De Toros De Watrigant sleeveless silk blouse in orange.
36,948.69 (INR)

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Black Lace Sheer Top

Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche lace sheer top with frills detailing.
36,948.69 (INR)

Vintage 1950s Blue Chinese Brocade Trapeze Coat

Vintage 1950s Chinese brocade trapeze coat in baby blue with a nature motif.
21,122.47 (INR)

Vintage 1980s Blue Stripe Bustier

Vintage 1980s bustier in black and blue striped cotton.
9,424.03 (INR)

Celine 1980s Floral Red & Black Two Piece Set

Céline wool floral print shirt and skirt set with black velvet trims
64,667.81 (INR)

St John 1960s Pleated Red Skirt and White Top Set

St. John set with red pleated midi skirt and white sleeveless top
19,236.99 (INR)

Vintage 1930s Knit Orange Midi Skirt and Top Set

Knitted skirt and top with a pointed collar with tassel
38,930.56 (INR)

Vintage 1960s Floral Beaded Black Crop Top

1960s sleeveless crop top with floral beading
12,673.31 (INR)

Karl Lagerfeld 1990s Ivory Silk Blouse

Karl Lagerfeld teddy style silk blouse
19,172.73 (INR)

Gianni Versace Couture 1990s Silk Chiffon & Lace Black Top & Skirt

An incredible Gianni Versace Couture ensemble from the 1990s - delicate lace meets finest black silk chiffon.
94,274.11 (INR)

Castillo for I Magnin 1950s Rose Embroidered Cream Blouse

1950's organdy overlay pink and green rose embroidered blouse with ruffled collar and cuffs
21,122.47 (INR)

Vintage 1950's Floral Velvet Green Top

Vintage velvet button down top in a green floral painterly velvet with rhinestone buttons
29,246.96 (INR)

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.
94,274.11 (INR)

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