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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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Rochas Silk shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > ROCHAS Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : White, , Size : 40
£150.00

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 : 44
£110.00

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, ,
£100.00

Vert D'eau Matte Mississippiensis Alligator Leather Cinhetic Top Handle

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Hermes Label 5 : Just In Gender : Female specification : Green, ,
£19,999.00

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 specification : Blue, ,
£124.20

Louis Vuitton Odessa Burgundy Taiga Leather Laptop Briefcase Bag + Strap

Style Keyword : Briefcases & Attaches Label 1 : Bags > Briefcases & Attaches,Bags > LOUIS VUITTON Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : M
£670.00

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, ,
£545.00

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)
£250.00

Proenza Schouler Fancy shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > PROENZA SCHOULER Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Multi, ,
£100.00

Sleeveless Smock Dress

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Gucci Gender : Female Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£469.20

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
£185.00

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 specification : Black, ,
£235.00

Gianfranco Ferre Asymmetric Shirt Silk Vintage Red Brown

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > GIANFRANCO FERRE Gender : Female Dial Colour : Brown Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Red, , Size : 44
£160.00

Y's by Yohji Yamamoto Black Velvet Long Sleeves Turtleneck Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > LEE Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£545.00

Multicolor Versace Printed Short-Sleeve Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > VERSACE Style : Revival Gender : Female specification : Multi, ,
£295.00

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
£650.00

Judith Leiber Vintage Black Lizard Art Deco Embellished Top Clutch

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > JUDITH LEIBER Style : Art Deco Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£715.00

Judith Leiber Black Lizard Floral Enamel Top Clutch

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > JUDITH LEIBER Style : Art Deco Gender : Female Dial Colour : Black Mens/Womens : Womens specification : Black, ,
£1,115.00

Multicolor Hermes Silk-Front Long-Sleeve Polo

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Hermes Style : Revival Gender : Female specification : Multi, ,
£405.00

Multicolor Stella McCartney Ruffle One-Shoulder Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > STELLA MCCARTNEY Style : Revival Gender : Female specification : Pink, ,
£805.00

Silver Vintage Ferrara Mesh Party Top

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > FERRARA Style : Revival Gender : Female specification : Silver, ,
£1,005.00

Ossie Clark for Radley Celia Birtwell Bubble Print Smock Dress circa 1969 UK Size

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > OSSIE CLARK Style : Modern Gender : Female specification : Black, , Size : BUST - 34 in. (86.36 cm) WAIST - 26 in. (66.04 cm) HIP - 36 in. (91.44 cm) LENGTH - 39 in. (99.06 cm) Clark's flamboyant designs merged with Birtwell's bold feminine textiles epitomised the glamour and excitement of the 1960s and were worn by many influential greats such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithful, Bianca Jagger and Paloma Picasso.
£1,095.00

1990s Balenciaga Green shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Balenciaga Gender : Female specification : Green, ,
£254.19 £375.00

Yves Saint Laurent cotton black stars t-shirt

Style Keyword : Tops (Blouses & Shirts) Label 1 : Womens > Tops (Blouses & Shirts),Womens > Yves Saint Laurent Gender : Female specification : Black, ,
£351.96

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