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{TUXEDO} JEANS AND BLAZER

Tuxedo jeans and white blazer.
I tend to live in jeans, and when I saw this tapered leg version with a tuxedo stripe on a mannequin at H&M, I made a beeline for them. The style simultaneously gives off a very relaxed, but dressed up vibe. I went a size bigger, to maintain the look of a trouser. And that stripe in a darker wash really elevates the basic jeans +tee +blazer look.

I kept the top half of the outfit tonal, including the necklace. The design is so quirky (how cool are the lion head stamping with an antiqued finish!) and enough of a statement to stand out against the same color palette.

If there’s one piece I reach for in the spring and summer it’s this oyster white blazer I bought it a few years ago, and it’s been my go-to to add an easy polish to just about any casual look. The boxy cut pairs equally well with jeans or sleek slip dresses.

The Kelly green peep-toe booties with a sculptural heel are old faves, they are from a local designer, Martha Davis, and I’ve had them for at least 7 years.
Being so distinct, my guess is, they will never become outdated. I love the color kick they give to this neutral look!
XO Sasha

Tuxedo jeans and white blazer.

Tuxedo jeans and white blazer. Tuxedo jeans and white blazer. Tuxedo jeans and white blazer.
Tuxedo jeans and white blazer.

 Blazer: Vince / Jeans: H&M / Top: COS / Shoes: Martha Davis / Bag: Vintage / Sunglasses: Phillip Lim

Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Dome polka dot ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Other rings: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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RETRO SUMMER: MAXI AND HOODED JACKET

Maxi dress and fishnet socks
I found the perfect topper for one of my fave vintage dresses from the 80s, in the back of my closet. I don’t wear this cropped hooded jacket much (not sure why, it’s so sweet and has a lining that matches the print!), but it’s an ideal piece  for the maxi dress to create a tonal look.

The platform metallic sandals are a recent find from Zara (I bought them for this dress that I wore for a wine country day trip on my birthday in May). The rose gold straps drew me immediately, how cool is the construction of the wood veneer heel (shades of mid-century modern design) punctuated with a track heel! I wanted to style  these sandals with socks, and these beige fishnets compliment the color perfectly and the net design plays off the striations of the wood patterns.

I chose some bold jewelry in Lucite to compliment this look. The shoulder duster drop earrings from the 80s are inset with glass stones (shoot me an email if you’re interested in these), and the wraparound faceted bead bracelet (no longer available) adds a fun pop of color.
XO Sasha

Maxi dress and fishnet socks
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 Jacket: Vintage / Dress: Vintage / Shoes: Zara, here / Socks: Asos

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: personal collection / Bracelet: sold

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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VINTAGE SLIP AND BOMBER

Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket.

I know the slip dress was a big trend for some time now, and  as far as I’m concerned it’s a classic piece for me.  It’s one of fave pieces to wear when the temps grow warmer. It keeps you cool, is ultra feminine and an effortless look to style. I love finding vintage slips and and wearing them as dresses. This particular one I’ve had for a number of years, and finally had it taken in for a perfect fit.  I love the scalloping detail, it really elevates its basic cut.

I’ve paired it a satiny bomber I picked up in Venice, in LA, on my last jewelry sourcing trip. The sporty silhouette tempers the boudoir element of the slip, striking a perfect balance.  I wanted a neutral, clean palette and just added dusty purple bag for a subtle pop of color.
I’m having so much fun lately styling looks with socks! The fishnets have a cheeky vibe, and the loafer mule underscores the overall effortless vibe.

All I need to accessorize this understated look are gigantic shoulder dusters (the danglier the better!), in clear, sandblasted Lucite, they maintain the tonal look and deliver daytime drama.
XO Sasha

Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket.

Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket. Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket.
Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket. Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket. Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket. Vintage slip dress and bomber jacket.

Jacket: She + Sky / Dress: Vintage slip / Shoes: Zara / Socks: Asos / Bag: See by Chloe / Sunglasses: Phillip Lim

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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GRAPHIC TEE AND VARSITY JACKET

Graphic tee and varsity jacket.

Some of my best pieces in my closet, are from designer collabs like Margiela for H&M–this patent leather and knit varsity jacket is an old fave, (wish I had bought two of these!) I paired it with easy separates–graphic tee and wide leg pants. If you like the varsity jacket trend, look for a more sophisticated iteration. I love how patent leather really elevates the athletic style jacket.

The wide leg pant is from Cos, it’s hard to see here, but they have a wide pleat through out and the high waist will allow me to pair it with cropped tops once the weather swings back to high. This Goldfrapp tee is super cool, although I can’t remember where I got it, since I don’t think I’ve ever been to their concerts, but I’m a big fan. To score a band or graphic tee, I would recommend scouring your fave thrift stores. I love finding the perfectly soft, worn-in tees at fleas, or at my neighborhood Goodwill.

I’ve got an eclectic assortment of jewelry here to go with this casual look. If you’re a regular here, you’ve seen me rock these earrings a lot. They are wood, from the 80s and I always say they go with everything, because they do. The bracelet, celluloid chain with Bakelite drops, dates to the 30s-40s. I always admired it for the vivid colors!

How do you like to style your graphic tees? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

Graphic tee and varsity jacket. Graphic tee and varsity jacket. Graphic tee and varsity jacket. Graphic tee and varsity jacket. Graphic tee and varsity jacket.
Jacket: Margiela for H&M / Tee: Goldfrapp / Pants: Cos / Sneakers: Converse

Earrings: personal collection / Bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Ring: personal collection / Large domed ring: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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VINTAGE SUMMER: DRESS AND DUSTER

Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress.

I think this outfit is going to be in heavy rotation this summer. And what I love most about it is that besides the sneaks, all the pieces in this look are vintage. As you’ve probably noticed a great deal of my wardrobe is vintage, especially the outerwear. This is one the most easiest categories to shop in vintage. It’s amazing what you kind find for the fraction of the price!

The dress is from the 90s (picked up at Wallflower in the Mission) and the Courréges duster is from the the 60s, in the mix is jewelry from various periods including a family heirloom cameo ring (a former brooch). Although, I often buy new clothing as well, nothing is as satisfying as putting together a truly unique look from pieces from decades past. No chance of spotting most of these pieces on anyone else.

I love the large dark floral print on the sneakers! They really update the whole look and give the feminine outfit a fresh perspective. The midi length (I toyed with the idea of hemming it, but decided it’s perfect as is) of the dress calls for a heel, but that would be too obvious, and the flatform sole adds the needed height.

What is your go-to  summer uniform? Please let me know in the comments.
XO Sasha

Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress. Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress. Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress. Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress. Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress.Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress.

Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress.
Duster: vintage Courreges/ Dress: vintage / Shoes: Dolce Vita

Earrings: Oscar de La Renta / Bracelet: info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Ring: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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RUST, TEAL, AND GOLD


Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
The gorgeous rust silk charmeuse dress is from Amour Vert,  (a brand of sustainable, locally made effortless wardrobe staples with stores in San Francisco and Palo Alto) the fabric is its’ most distinctive feature and I picked it up in a large to really show off it’s flowing lines.
To underscores the dress’s fluidity and contrast the gleaming fabric, I  paired it with a structured, minimalist, cotton blazer in a distinctive teal. I love how these two colors compliment each other!

The simple lines of these garments call for high-impact jewels in rich gold-tone, I chose oversized leaf earrings by the master jeweler Robert Goossens (he designed for Chanel in the 60s), and a mariner style chain necklace, (three chains that can be connected together or worn separately.  A dainty shoe would not due with this look, the, tall,  chunky heel bootie, balances the volume of the dress and the strong lines of the blazer, another good option would be a thick soled white sneaker.

I was able to pull of this look on one of the warmer days of the week, but if the weather was cooler, I could have easily worn the same pieces just with a few strategic layers. I’d style the dress over a thin wool turtleneck in a neutral like black or grey, and tights or, straight leg or cropped skinny jeans.
XO Sasha

Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer. Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.

Blazer: Negarin London / Dres: Amour Vert / Shoes: Costume National / Bag: Vintage Celine

Earrings: Robert Goossens, here / Necklaces: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Rings: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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EDGY SPRING LAYERS: DRESS OVER PANTS

How to wear: dress over shirt dress.

Here’s another dress over pants iteration. You know I’m really into this  sartorial trick,  (see my post from a few weeks ago here). The weather has been really schizophrenic lately,  lurching from low 60s with biting winds to gorge sunny days in the 70s. I’ve been wanting to reach for easy to thrown on shirt dresses, but on chillier days I need to add some layers that also gives me the opportunity to wear summer clothes now.

The tissue thin wool turtleneck is from Cos, (I always sing praises for this brand to my clients, they are a treasure trove of minimalist, fashion-forward wardrobe staples and accessories) and it’s the perfect weight to wear under a breezy, cotton shirt dress whose roomy proportions are balanced out by Vetements’ coat exaggerated  shoulder line.

To contrast the matte texture of the cotton dress, I chose faux leather trousers, (still looking for leather pants to replace these, but for now these Zara ones will do nicely). This dress is very roomy and easy to layer with, but a more streamlined pant style, without pleats and pockets is always the way to go with this styling choice.

This is  a pretty minimalist look and I kept the jewelry understated. I’m rocking mismatched earrings, a high dome cabochon earring in white glass from YSL and blonde wood earring, both are sculptural, and I like how their opposite textures play off each other, and the whimsical twist they add to the look.

Which trends will you be sporting for spring?
XO Sasha

How to wear: dress over shirt dress.
How to wear: dress over shirt dress. How to wear: dress over shirt dress. How to wear: dress over shirt dress. How to wear: dress over shirt dress. How to wear: dress over shirt dress. How to wear: dress over shirt dress. How to wear: dress over shirt dress.
Coat: Vetements/ Turtleneck: Cos / Dress: vintage Ann Taylor / Pants: Zara / Shoes: Zara / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Earring: Christian Dior, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com / Wood earrings: personal collection / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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SPRING LAYERS

How to layer two coats for spring.
San Francisco weather is infamously unpredictable, and while we’ll be enjoying gorge summer days in the spring (and I’m tempted to store away my sweaters), the weather will inevitably drop back to chilly.  And for those days I’ll be layering in outfits like these. Forget heavy coats, and keep toasty with thin blazers, sweaters, and dusters already in your closet.
Piling on layers can be tricky, but there’s no reason to sacrifice style if you choose lightweight fabrics. I’ve doubled up on coats here, by pairing a thin long knit cardi with a light as a feather duster. The pants are gauze, and I cannot wait to wear them in the summer! They are perfect here since they don’t add any bulk under the layers.
The neutral palette called for a pop of color with a s dusty purple bag and a statement pump in a leopard print. The titanium shoulder duster is dead stock from the 80s, I love how each organic drop moves in the wind.
How do you layer for spring? Please comment below.
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Duster: Vintage Courreges/ Knit jacket:Vintage Krizia / Sweater: Cos / Pants: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Rebecca  Minkoff

Earring:  Sasha Maks Vintage, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com / Chunky Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Panther link bracelet: personal collection /  Rings: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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MOTO AND SKINNIES

Moto and skinnies.
It  always looks and feels badass, goes with everything and is a wardrobe classic. Of course, I’m talking about the moto jacket. Sometimes you just want to  fall back on the basics, put aside the trends and rock your fave pieces without having to reinvent the wheel.

I got this faux leather version a couple of years back at Zara. They got the texture just right and this piece can easily pass for the real thing. As much as I have avoided wearing or buying skinny jeans, they felt just perfect for this look and contrast well with the chunkier jacket and lugs sole Chelsea boots.

To break up the darker palette, I chose a multi-colored  striped sweater with metallic accents.
Speaking of stripes, for bling, I added a chunky gold-tone and enamel mariner style chain, the necklace is convertible and all three choker length pieces can be connected to create two more different lengths. The comma earrings are wood and from the 80s (they seem to magically go with everything). This look needed something organic to break up all the edginess.

And last but not least, are the chunky faux leaher Chelsea booties. They look like Doc Martens, but I picked them up from Zara (yes I’m addicted to their shoes!) a couple of months back. Bought them as rain boots when it was pouring for weeks on end. And they are one of my fave booties right now. They look like patent leather and the dark burgundy is divine.

How do you rock our moto or another fave wardrobe staple? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

Moto and skinnies. Moto and skinnies. Moto and skinnies. Moto and skinnies.

Moto and skinnies. Moto and skinnies.

Moto and skinnies.

Jacket: Zara / Sweater: Marc Marc Jacobs / Jeans: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Zara / Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com / Necklace: Sasha Maks Vintage,  here / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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