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Feminine blouses and shirts in classic retro and vintage style

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

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 the 30s and 40s with soft boat collars and light sleeves from The Seamstress of Bloomsbury and The House of Foxy and tailored shirts with tie at the neck in classic 50er and 60s style with high neck and short puff sleeves from Heart of Haute.
The Pussy bow blouse is a blouse or shirt with a sewn-on tie in the neckline that can be tied as a bow - in the old days, ties were tied around kittens' necks to be able to tell the difference between them, hence the name. Before it was given the popular name pussy bow, this type of blouse was known as a lavallière (FR), and it has been a part of the fashion world since the late 19th century, when they were popular in France in a very voluminous version, and since then in the United States in a simpler version, known from Charles Gibson's iconic 'Gibson Girls'.
In the 30s and 40s, the bow detail had become simpler in its design and was sewn on either a blouse or a shirt with a V-neck or keyhole neckline. World War II affected the fashion world with various restrictions so it was not possible to use extra fabric as details à la ruffles, and all designs were therefore simple, minimalist 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 50's, the pussy bow blouse was made into a 'power-piece' by Chanel and YSL, and by the 60's it had become a fixture in the wardrobes of western working women. Back when the women entered the job market, there was no definite workwear for them, so they looked at their male colleagues and started going in 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 of 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 shirt blouses in Mondo Kaos, i.a. from The Seamstress of Bloomsbury og The House of Foxy.
Until the mid-1800th century, there were no shirts made specifically for women because they were commonly worn dresses. Slowly, however, fashion changed, so women began to go along skirts and blouse for everyday instead of large dresses, and in the 1900th century, several 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 snug, angular and minimalist and in the 50s and 60s they became figure-hugging and the feminine curves and details came back as women entered the labor market and i.a. started working in office where there was formal dress code.

Other feminine shirt blouses in classic retro and vintage style

In addition to the iconic pussy bow blouse and the classic shirt blouse, we also have blouses, t-shirts and tops in classic retro and vintage style, from i.a. Atomic Swag and our own 50s inspired tshirts, Miss Candyfloss, Unique Vintage og Very Cherry.
No matter what type of blouse, shirt or t-shirt you are after, whether it is for your feminine suit in the office, your cool trousers and jeans for an edgy rockabilly everyday look or a high-waisted swing skirt for dancing, we have it in Mondo Kaos!
Styling of your feminine blouses and shirts in classic retro / vintage style
The possibilities are many when it comes to styling your vintage tops You can easily use your feminine vintage blouse with pussy bow for a pair of modern jeans for everyday, however, you create an absolutely fantastic silhouette if you wear it with high-waisted bottoms - trousers and skirts with a high waist help to shape the figure and create the classic hourglass silhouette. Carry it with a couple nylon stockings with seams from What Katie Did and 50s style earrings og bracelet from Rock It Rosie and you are ready for a festive occasion.
You can also use your tailored women's shirt for your power look with a blazer and trousers / skirt in a matching color and with a pair of black retro shoes or boots - a women's shirt with a lapel collar and shoulder pads gives your boss lady look an elegant vintage touch!

See all our vintage-inspired blouses and shirts in our store in Copenhagen

You can look here on our webshop and see what we offer of feminine skirts and other feminine clothes, but if you have the opportunity to look past our store in Copenhagen, we would recommend you to do so, so you can see our full assortment of fantastic blouses and shirts. The shop employs Stine, Kirstine, Line and Cecilie, who are all passionate clothes lovers, and they will do everything they can to help you find the perfect blouse or shirt in a classic, feminine vintage style.

Do you have any questions regarding our blouses and shirts?

At Mondo Kaos, our first priority is always happy customers. If you have any questions, anything, about our range of blouses and shirts or other clothing, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can meet us every weekday on 60 95 11 36 in the period 10: 00-18: 00 - however, on busy days it can be difficult for us to answer the phone, as we are usually busy taking care of the customers who visit us in the store. Therefore, it will be an advantage to write your question to shop@mondokaos.dk where we strive to answer within a weekday.