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WINTER LAYERS: {SWEATER} DRESS OVER PANTS

How to layer for winter.

What’s the most challenging thing about dressing in the winter? For me, it’s bulky layers that obliterate your shape. While I have been relying on my puffer jacket on the coldest days, I prefer to come up with interesting layering options.
I generally wear this vintage Krizia coat in the fall, it’s medium weight and needs a few layers to keep cozy on chillier days. Here I’ve chosen a several pieces that are thinner, but provide the much needed warmth. Underneath it all is my secret weapon–the Heatech cami from Uniqlo (the cutting-edge fabric stores your own body heat).
One of my all time favorite layering tricks is wearing a dress over pants. Here, the dress functions as a sweater and the longer length is ideal for keeping away the chill. Under it, I’m sporting a thin wool shirt jacket, the small plaid print adds a visual punch by breaking up the solid colors of the rest of the look.
My light wash denim jeans have not the seen the light of day for some time, but I love how they contrast with the grey coat and black boots. Speaking of boots, I think a chunk pair is a must here. They balance out the slim boyfriend jeans and the high cuff nicely.
And of course nothing bring out the personality of a look like an eclectic mix of jewelry. Choose your most special pieces and experiment.
I love how the oversized cameo ring (formerly a great-grandmother’s brooch) looks quite at home with an even more oversized turquoise and sterling bracelet. They are similar in scale and shape, and both set in the same metal, so no surprise they look good together. And the slinky snake ring provides the perfect counterpoint to the bulky ring.
And why not mix some metals too? The gold-tone necklace is a new find (I’ll list it soon, but feel free to email me if you’re curious). The domed kite shaped links are pretty elegant and the mix of satin and polished textures adds to its visual richness.
How do you layer for winter?  Share you styling tricks in the comments.
XO Sasha


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How to layer for winter.
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Coat: vintage Krizia / Plaid jacket: thrifted Lauren Ralph Lauren / Sweater Dress: Vince/ Boots: Rag & Bone /

Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet and rings: personal collection

Photography by Garry Alexander


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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016 STYLE RECAP

 

Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays and ringing in the New Year!
First of all I would like to thank you for letting me share these weekly posts with you! My fave part at the end of the year is to look back at the evolution of my personal style, the collabs, and the best buys of the year.

Vintage shopping never fails me and remains my best strategy for sourcing outerwear and cocktail/party dresses. And I have started taking my clients shopping for vintage clothes as well, the trick is to be open to what you find even if it’s not on the shopping agenda. Some of my best finds was a ’70s bronze lamé grecian midi dress from Gump’s (that I can wear to a NYE party and pair with basic sweater to sport as a skirt), a Courrèges duster (I cannot think of more versatile piece for spring and summer!), and a raw silk maxi dress in pale yellow from the ’80s.
Besides vintage, I’m also partial to designer consignment boutiques. And while there are many to choose from, my go-to is Closet 1951. I’m sure to find must-have designer hand bags and closet staples at a fraction of the price.

If you have been following my blog since 2015, you will remember my collaborations with local designers Kajan Cake,  Tokyo Gamine, and WearMahsa. It was pleasure to feature them again on the blog, here, here, and here. Each designer has a distinct personal vision, a dedication to craftsmanship, and the commitment to sourcing the best quality fabrics.
My shoe wardrobe got a much needed boost. As you know I turn to Zara first for a quick fix for on-trend and affordable shoes, the mule loafers and ballet slippers with ribbon ties where my best finds. Once the weather got chillier, I was lucky to score some fierce chunky Rag and Bone booties and Alexander Wang cutout heel  booties.
And I was very fortunate to score an oversized Vetements coat (that has proven to be incredibly wearable) and the coveted reworked jeans, that due to  a fuller cut on the leg, really function as trousers.

So what are my conclusions for the 2016 style recap? My basic tenets for dressing well remain the same, but with a  twist. I will still keep the foundation of my wardrobe stocked with closet staples such as a trench coat, moto jacket (I’m saving up for the perfect one!), classic coat, jeans, but will look for iterations that are more fashion forward (a strong shoulder, a creative hem). And I’ll keep an eye out for more unique vintage finds in both clothes and jewelry that define my signature style.
Shop my fave picks below and please share your personal style goals with me in the comments.
XO Sasha
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How To Wear:Moody Winter Florals | How to Accessorize A One-Piece

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LAYERING UP IN VETEMENTS

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By now you must have heard of Vetements, the cult French design collective that you either love or hate, (see a previous post featuring their deconstructed jeans here). Their influence is seen everywhere–in oversized outerwear and reworked denim.

I am camp Vetements. I’ve always been sucker for the exaggerated shoulder.  The genius of this coat is that it’s cut close to the body through the torso, hence not obscuring the figure, and the extra long sleeves render gloves superfluous.

Living in SF you become very adept at layering, (practically every couple of blocks boast their own micro climate).
I love the trend of layering a slip dress over a thinnish turtleneck. And with chillier weather this is the ideal opportunity to pull out spring pieces to wear now. If your working with a limited palette vary the fabric texture to create an eclectic look. Here I have mingled cotton, silk, and polyester. And with accessories there’s more opportunities to introduce intriguing contrasts. For example, the grainy leather of the satchel stands opposed to the satiny dress and the burnished leather of the boots.

A mismatched pair of titanium earrings, an enamel leopard bracelet (in my opinion this fierce cat goes with everything), and a multi-row link bracelet introduce an understated glam to the monochromatic look.

How do you like the oversized silhouette?
XO Sasha

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Bag: Phillip Lim  c/o of  Closet 1951
Coat: Vetment / Dress: Max Azria Collection /  Turtleneck: Three Dots / Boots: Rag & Bone / Sunglasses:

Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage
Link Bracelet: here /  Leopard bracelet: Kenneth Lane : contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

 


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Happy Holidays from Sasha Maks Vintage

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SNEAKS AND CHANEL

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As is well know Chanel is a very chic, iconic brand, that embodies classic elegance and luxury. Admittedly this kind of elitism can be all be a bit overwhelming. How to bring all this fabulousness back to earth? I propose, a cozy argyle sweater, the somewhat rustic corduroy pants, (I am smitten with these high-waisted ones from Étoile Isabel Marant, that are ideal for this murderously cold spell we’re having) and metallic high-tops. Topping this casual ensemble off with a Chanel mélange cardigan jacket (how cool is the chain sweater guard it comes with!) and the alluring Chanel Classic flap bag (these bags are definitely an investment, and a wise one at that, since they continue to be highly coveted, and go up in price about 30% every year) keeps everything simultaneously grounded and elevated.

For bijoux, I went with a giant cameo ring, a family heirloom, (originally a brooch that I had first converted into a pendant and finally a ring), a snake ring, a couple of modernist sterling rings, and a fabulous super chunky silver-tone bracelet.

In the end this look is all about mixing textures and patterns, and juxtaposing metallics with knits. I find these kinds of contradictions intriguing.
And if you admire the venerable and relevant Chanel brand as much as I do, be sure to check out the Pre-Fall 2017 Métiers d’Art collection. It’s pure magic, set in the newly renovated Ritz Paris hotel. I think I can safely guarantee you’ll be lusting after every piece from this collection like I am!
XO Sasha

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Chanel jacket and sneakers
Chanel jacket and sneakers

 

Cardigan,  sunglasses, bag, and shoes c/o of  Closet 1951
Cardigan: Chanel/ Sweater: vintage Jaeger / Pants: Etoile, Isabel Marant / Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Chanel / Belt: vintage / Sneakers: Converse

Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage
Bracelet: here / Rings: personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

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BOLD IN BLACK AND WHITE

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Sometimes you just want a clean, crisp palette of black and white. Color just seems too overwhelming, too distracting, it could be the dark skies and the high winds that put me in a monochromatic sartorial mood. To keep things interesting, I rely on classic pieces like a dress in a bold print, in this case a shirt dress, in a whimsical all-over horse print, a classic trench in black, embellished flats, and a boxy quilted bag both by Chanel.

Yes, it doesn’t hurt to have high-end designer pieces, basically ever. But, if budget doesn’t permit, you can find a good basic trench at a various price points, black always looks chic. A bold geometric print is never boring. Smart accessories, like a chunky gold-tone necklace and small, but statement-making domed earrings in black enamel with large rhinestone centers add a sophisticated polish.

After all it was Coco Chanel who said, “Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance”.
XO Sasha

P.S.
If you’re still looking for fabulous gifts and that includes for yourself, I have one more trunk show coming up. Join me, along with, Armadio, Rossi & Rei, Lia Larrea, Celina Martin, and Atelier Emmanuel Tuesday, December 20th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Caprice – a Holiday Shopping Fair.

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Clothes, sunglasses and accessories c/o Closet 1951
Trench coat: Givenchy/ Dress: Stella McCartney / Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Chanel / Shoes: Chanel

Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage
Necklace: sold / Earrings: Christian Dior, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Panther ring, personal collection / Gold-tone and rhinestone ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com


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HOW TO STYLE A {CLASSIC} TRENCH

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If you need a trench coat (and every fashionable woman’s wardrobe requires one), then you can’t do any better then the iconic Burberry (it’s an investment, but well worth it, since you will have it for a long time). To prove my devotion to the trench, and to reiterate its versatility (it well take your from office to weekend) yet again check out these previous  posts, here and here.

About ten years ago, I regretfully sold a vintage Burberry (why!?!), that I still think about, but there’s always something new out there to be found, and one of the first places I like to look is a vintage or a consignment store. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know my go-to designer resale store in San Francisco is Closet 1951, they regularly stock high-end designer clothing and accessories. Next time you’re in Cow Hollow make sure to swing by the store to see what’s new, and mention my blog to receive 10% off their selection.

When working with such classic pieces as a trench coat, a sweatshirt dress, and Chelsea boots, make sure your accessories add flavor and personality to the look. I’ve layered two necklace, a lariat style ( you can can use a thin chain belt), and a statement color pendant necklace to break up the solid color, and create an elongating line. The oversized  glasses add a touch of retro quirk, and the fringe on the satchel brings movement and a gypset quality.

How do you like to style the classic trench?
XO Sasha
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trench coat and sweatshirt dress

trench coat and sweatshirt dress

trench coat and sweatshirt dress

trench coat and sweatshirt dress

Clothes, sunglasses and accessories c/o Closet 1951
Trench coat: Burberry / Dress: Balenciaga / Sunglasses: Marni / Bag: Saint Laurent / Booties: Rachel Comey

Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage
Chain necklace: sold / Pendant necklace: Trifari, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: here /Rings: personal collection


Photography by Garry Alexander

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HOW TO WEAR: MOODY WINTER FLORALS

 

Floral dress over pants.

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m very thankful to be doing what I love, and this blog is a big part of it. I’m doing a bit of unconventional Thanksgiving this year, heading over to Los Angeles on a quick jewelry buying trip tonight, so no time for a traditional turkey dinner for me. But, I will be enjoying a pizza and rosé for lunch, and I’m not mad at that.

I’m not a girly girl, but I do love a good dark floral print, which reliably shows up every fall and winter. It’s an uplifting print in chillier weather and shorter days. For runway inspiration check out Dolce and Gabanna’s and MSGM’s exuberant and oversized florals for the Fall 2016.
I styled this dress by Givenchy, from my fave designer consignment boutique in SF, Closet 1951 as a duster (note the jumbo zipper that makes my heart melt!) I paired the sophisticated, medium scale pattern of flowers and butterflies with a neutral knit top, understated denim, and minimalist flats.
I’m a huge fan of Bottega Veneta’s intrecciato bags, the woven texture contrasts beautifully with the photorealist print of the dress/duster. A boho necklace, with large cabochon stones in vivid colors stands up to the statement print. And the oversized retro sunglasses where just right for this look with their nod to the 60s and 70s. I could not pass up them up, and will be converting to a prescription pair, (after looking for an insane amount of time for just the right frames).

And I’m teaming up for another trunk show with the fabulous girls at Closet 9151, Wednesday, November 30th, 6-9pm.
Please join us for a holiday glass of champagne, peruse my latest vintage bijoux finds, and discover a wonderful resource to sell or buy luxury designer clothes and accessories.
Please RSVP here.
XO Sasha

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Clothes, sunglasses, and bag c/o of Closet 1951

Dress: Givenchy
Top: VinceJeans
Jeans: Isabel Marant
Shoes: Zara
Sunglasses: Prada
Bag: Bottega Veneta
Necklace: Sash Maks Vintage, here
Rings: personal collection, similar here, here, and here.

Photography by Garry Alexander

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VINTAGE JEWERLY BOX HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW

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HOW TO ACCESSORIZE A ONE-PIECE

Negarin London jumpsuit and  Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry.

While,  I’m reeling (as is at least half of the country) from the the results of the election, (yesterday I was pretty much numb), but life and work  must go own. Our country is entering a tumultuous political reality. Many are in fear now for themselves, and their families and friends. As the enormity of this change is slowly sinking in, I have come to realize that giving in to fear and blaming will not help anyone, or anything. My answer is to become more politically involved, (not just watching the news, tracking politics, and signing petitions), but taking more direct action, and offering support to those who feel vulnerable.
I just wanted to acknowledge the very big elephant (?) on the country’s stage and now back to regular  programing. Because like I said work must go own, and while fashion may seem like a trivial matter right now, it has always given me and many women and girls I know tremendous joy.

And as you can imagine, I’m partial to piling on the bling. But there’s an art to all that abundance, and the easiest approach is to choose a simple silhouette and a monochromatic palette. The Negarin London jumpsuit in luxe silk charmeuse in navy was made to showcase gold-tone jewelry. I wrapped the long necklace once and fastened it along the hanging strand to create a lariat style, layered it with a Navajo gold-plated liquid silver necklace (love how they both elongate the silhouette) and for the pièce de résistance styled them with Givenchy shoulder dusters ( it’s as fun to say that name as much it is to wear the danglers!) A chunky Barrera hammered gold-plated cuff completes the look.
Another tip, when you want to layer statement jewelry, is to choose clothing without lapels or a collar. It’s a much more coherent look without any visual clutter.
To break up all that navy, dark grey, and black, I went with acetate sunglasses in red and tortoiseshell. And while I’m dreaming of Gucci’s mule loafers, this minimalist version from Zara will have to do for now.
xx Sasha
Negarin London jumpsuit and  Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry.
Negarin London jumpsuit and  Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry.Negarin London jumpsuit and  Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry.

Negarin London jumpsuit and  Sasha Maks Vintage jewelry.

Jacket: Negarin London, (similar here ) / Jumpsuit: Negarin London, here, (similar here )/ Shoes: Zara, here , (similar here)/ Sunglasses: Negarin London, here, (similar here) / Bag:  similar here and here / Long necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here and here / Gold-plated liquid silver necklace, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here / Earrings: Givenchy, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here and here / Cuff: Barrera, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here and here / Rings: personal collection, similar here, here, and here.

Photography by Garry Alexander

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