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Feminine vintage tops and shirts

A feminine vintage top or vintage shirt can change an outfit in an instant, and at Mondo Kaos we have a really good selection of feminine vintage tops, vintage shirts and blouses in retro and vintage style, inspired by the fashion of the late 30s to the early 60s !
We have many different types of vintage tops, shirts, t-shirts and blouses at Mondo Kaos, and what they all have in common is that they are very feminine in their expression. We have everything from loose-fit blouses with short frill sleeves and high necks with tie bows in classic 1930s style, to short-sleeve V-neck fitted shirts and pinup t-shirts inspired by the 1950s. All our vintage tops and shirts are made to a very high quality in fantastic material and they are also made in plus size , so we have a good selection of sizes!

The Pussy Bow blouse – a feminine symbol of power

We have several different models of the iconic 'pussy bow' blouse inspired by several fashion decades, including feminine vintage style à la 30s and 40s with soft boat collars and light sleeves from The Seamstress of Bloomsbury and The House of Foxy and classic 50's and 60's high neck, short puff sleeve fitted shirts with tie neck from Heart of Haute .
The pussy bow blouse is a vintage top or shirt with a sewn-on tie bow in the neckline that can be tied like a bow - in the old days, bows were tied around kittens' necks to tell the difference between them, hence the name. Before it was given the popular name pussy bow, this type of vintage top was known as a lavallière (FR) and has been part of the fashion world since the late 19th century, when they were popular in France in a very voluminous version, and later in the USA in a simpler version, known from Charles Gibson's iconic 'Gibson Girls'.
By the 1930s and 1940s, the bow detail had become more simple in its design and was sewn onto either a blouse or a shirt with a V-neck or keyhole neckline. The Second World War affected the fashion world with various restrictions, so it was not possible to use extra fabric as details à la frills, and all designs were therefore simple, minimalistic and masculine. Therefore, the pussy-bow blouse became popular in these two decades because it added something feminine to the very military-inspired fashion. In the late 1950s, the pussy bow blouse was made a 'power-piece' by Chanel and YSL, and by the 1960s it had become a fixture in western working women's wardrobes. Back when women entered the workforce, there was no definite workwear for them, so they looked to their male colleagues and started wearing skirt suits with the feminine pussy bow blouse, to give the conservative suit a powerful, feminine counterpoint - in hit TV series Mad Men, which takes place in the USA in the 60s, several of the female characters are seen in power outfits with pussy bow blouses.
The classic shirt blouse – business or everyday look in elegant vintage style
We also have a good selection of feminine vintage shirts and blouses in Mondo Kaos, including from The Seamstress of Bloomsbury and The House of Foxy .
Until the mid-1800s, there were no shirts made specifically for women because they were commonly worn with dresses . Slowly, however, fashion changed, so that women began to wear skirts and blouses for everyday life instead of large dresses, and in the 1900s, more types of feminine women's shirts began to appear. In the 30s they were detailed, loose fitting and had large dolman sleeves and cuffs, in the 40s they were tight, angular and minimalistic and in the 50s and 60s they became fitted and the feminine curves and details came back as women entered the labor market and i.a. started working in an office where there was a formal dress code.

Other feminine vintage tops and shirts in classic retro and vintage styles

In addition to the iconic pussy bow blouse and the classic shirt blouse, we also have vintage tops, t-shirts and shirts in classic retro and vintage style, e.g. our own 50s inspired t-shirts , and blouses from Miss Candyfloss, Unique Vintage and Very Cherry .
No matter what type of blouse, shirt or t-shirt you're after, whether it's for your feminine suit at the office, your cool pants and jeans for an edgy rockabilly everyday look or a high-waisted swing skirt for dancing, we have it at Mondo Kaos!

Styling your vintage tops and shirts in classic retro / vintage style

The possibilities are many when it comes to styling your vintage tops and tops. You can easily use your feminine vintage top with pussy bow with a pair of modern jeans for everyday life, but you create an absolutely fantastic silhouette if you wear it with high-waisted bottoms - high-waisted trousers and skirts help to shape the figure and creating the classic hourglass silhouette. Pair it with a pair of studded nylon stockings from What Katie Did and 50s style earrings and bracelets from Rock It Rosie and you're ready for a festive occasion.
You can also use your fitted women's shirt for your power look with a blazer and pants/skirt in a matching color and with a pair of black retro shoes or boots - a women's shirt with lapel collar and shoulder pads gives your boss lady look an elegant vintage touch!

See all our vintage tops and shirts in our store in Copenhagen

You can look here at our webshop and see what we have to offer in feminine vintage tops, skirts and other feminine clothes, but if you have the opportunity to stop by our store in Copenhagen, we would recommend that you do so, so that you can see our full range of amazing vintage tops, blouses and shirts. In the store , we are all passionate clothing and dress lovers, and will do everything we can to help you find the perfect blouse or shirt in classic, feminine vintage style.

Do you have any questions about our vintage tops and shirts?

At Mondo Kaos, our first priority is always happy customers. So if you have any questions, whatsoever, about our range of vintage tops and shirts or other clothing, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us all weekdays on 60 95 11 36 between 09:00 and 12:00 - beyond this time, it may be difficult for us to answer the phone if we are busy in the store . Therefore, it would be advantageous to write your question to , where we endeavor to respond within one working day.