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{CINCHED} BUTTOND-DOWN AND CORSET

Button-down and corset.
I’ve been wanting to style this Evgenia Lingerie corset ever since I had discovered Stephanie Bodnar’s brand a few year back. All the pieces are hand made by the Marin County based designer and are absolutely exquisite! I paired the Janus Ribbon corset with a striped men’s button-down from JW Anderson’s for Uniqlo collection (snag the pieces on sale now!) I love how the lace-up boudoir piece is transformed for day with this classic men’s staple. Wearing it with a black maxi skirt creates a continuous line that transforms the flowy skirt.
The chunky booties counter the lingerie vibes in a different way then the shirt, imparting the look with an edgier, grittier feel. As far as the jewelry, it seems the less the better here. The Bartek, silver-tone chain bracelet really packs an impact. When I wear it I really don’t need anything else!
I love pieces that deliver that much statement!
XO Sasha

Button-down and corset. Button-down and corset. Button-down and corset. Button-down and corset. Button-down and corset. Button-down and corset. Button-down and corset. Button-down and corset.

Shirt: JW Anderson for Uniqlo / Skirt: Ian R.N / Corset: Evgenia Lingerie / Bag: Scabby Robot / Shoes: Rag and Bone

Earrings: Pierre Cardin, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bartek bracelet: here /Rings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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JEANS AND A {CUTOUT} TOP

Jeans and cut-out top.

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks on a vacation to Mexico City and Morelia. Had an absolutely amazing time!!! Mexico City has been on my bucket list for years, and I was thrilled to visit Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo’s home and studio), Teotihuacan, Chapultepec Park,  and numerous museums. And of course the shopping was absolutely incredible! I’ll be featuring a number of up-and-coming designers on the blog in the coming weeks. And  check out my Instagram for pics of my trip.

It’s great to be back and posting again! This casual look is all about basic wardrobe staples, my go-to’s are jeans and a blazer for everyday. And I think this knit crop top really makes the look (and looks much more expensive then it is!). The asymmetric cutout design has an arty, collage-like construction with a subtle sex appeal. I like that this blazer with its lack of a collar does not take away any interest from the top. Since the top is form fitting and cropped, I went with high-waisted, straight leg jeans. I like how the the step-cut hem echoes the asymmetry of the ribbed top.

I wanted chunky jewelry here, while I love gold and silver metals, I’m really drawn to Lucite lately. The black and white earrings are from the 60s. It’s a quintessential Op-Art design. I complimented them with a thick Judith Hendler bangle and a glass cabochon black and white link bracelet.

And I’m straight up obsessed with this bag from Scabby Robot! It’s washable and dyeable since it’s made from wood pulp and synthetic rubber. If you’re interested they are available by custom order. I can’t wait to get mine!
XO Sasha

Jeans and cut-out top.
Jeans and cut-out top. Jeans and cut-out top. Jeans and cut-out top. Jeans and cut-out top. Jeans and cut-out top. Jeans and cut-out top.

Blazer: Negarin London / Top: Zara /  Jeans: Vetements / Bag: Scabby Robot / Shoes: Sigerson Morrison

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Cabochon bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /Lucite bangle,  Judith Hendler: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: persona collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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SLIP DRESS AND SWEATSHIRT

Slip dress and sweatshirt.

By now you’ve probably noticed I haven’t met a slip dress I haven’t liked! Not only are they slinky and luxe, but it’s the type of piece that can be styled for almost any occasion, who I’m kidding–all occasions! Why save this lustrous charmeuse for the cocktail hour when I can rock during the day with the addition of a cropped sweatshirt to temper the lingerie vibes.

These flatform sandals are ideal for this look, the white tread sole and the rose gold straps combine the sporty and the glam similarly to the dress and sweatshirt. A new jewelry find is a 60s Whiting and Davis mesh triple snake bracelet, I wanted to contrast the rose gold of the sandals with a cooler tone metal. The half hoops from the 80s are sterling with gold overlay. Mixing metals adds a subtle depth to the outfit.

A clashing pop of color is delivered by the Relaxed Tote  in suede and leather from my fave local designer, Scabby Robot. I have been wearing my small black wedge bag from them for several years now, and it has only gotten better with time. And I have my eye on a couple of other styles that you will see featured on this blog soon! This slouchy tote was designed to accommodate a laptop and if you’re taken by this new design as much as I am (I’m obsessed with the yellow leather!) you can use code is RELAX100, valid now through 10/29 to receive $100 off.
XO Sasha

Slip dress and sweatshirt. Slip dress and sweatshirt. Slip dress and sweatshirt. Slip dress and sweatshirt.

Slip dress and sweatshirt.
Slip dress and sweatshirt.

Sweatshirt: Cos / Slip dress: MaxAzria / Bag: Scabby Robot / Shoes: Zara / Sunglasses: Prada

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: Whiting & Davis, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Silver-tone dome ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

 


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TEE AND TAFFETA

T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt.

 If you’re like me, you  want to make your wardrobe to work hard for you. One way to do this is to integrate your evening wear into day.
I can’t even remember for which event I bought this maxi taffeta skirt. But I was happy to find at a very reasonable price at my Mercy Vintage in Oakland. It’s probably not old enough to be categorized as vintage, and doesn’t have an expensive label attached to it, but I loved the silver color (that can be paired with anything), the rustly, crisp texture of the taffeta, and the elegant tulip silhouette.

And why not pair this cocktail hour skirt with a fave band or graphic tee? I topped it off I went with a cropped tuxedo jacket, which the bamboo fabric, with a linen like texture, makes easy to style for day. Of course the white sneaker had to come into play here, it’s a total sartorial palette cleanser. And I love Superga for their clean, fresh designs!

Now for the bling–I wanted statement pieces that where glam, bu had an edge to them. The crinkled (hints of taffeta), antiqued silver-tone earrings are from the 80s (a new find that I will list soon, but you can always email me at info@sashamaksvintage.com to purchase), I’m really intrigued by their feminine, yet industrial aesthetic!
The sandblasted pair of Lucite bracelets embellished with rhinestones are easy to wear with pretty much everything, but I especially like how they compliment the texture of the skirt. And the pièce de résistance is the Swarovski rhinestone snake ring. Also a recent addition, I’m tempted to keep it for myself, I was told by a discerning client that it was probably meant to be mine. But hey, I have a pretty good collection going, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you find this piece as irresistible as I do!
XO Sasha

T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt.
T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt. T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt. T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt. T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt. T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt. T-shirt and maxi tafetta skirt.
Jacket: The Factory / T-shirt: Chris Corner band tee / Skirt: vintage, no label / Sneakers: Superga

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Pair of Lucite bracelets, here / Rhinestone ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

 

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COLOR BLOCKING FOR FALL

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Red was big trend on the fall 2017 runways, but it’s not a color I’m naturally drawn too, but I’ve been wanting to introduce more color into my wardrobe, and when I saw this silk blouse in a chartreuse from one of my fave vintage stores in the East Bay, Mercy Vintage, I could not pass it up.  I love the cool yellow (and the spring 2018 runways did show a lot of  yellow), and wanted to pair it with this something just as punchy. The powder blue pants are from the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection from 2013. It was one of Target’s better designer collabs, and I have a few other pieces that I still have and like to wear.

To temper these bold hues, I threw on my go-to tan vintage duster, if you follow this blog, you have seen me rock this Courreges duster numerous times. It’s been godsend, I love that I can wear it during the windy SF summer and spring days and I’m looking forward to pairing it with chunky sweater when the weather finally allows! I’ve also been looking for a classic camel coat, ideally vintage. But for now this duster is an ideal lightweight cover-up.

With  jewelry I kept the palette subdued, not to compete with the rest of the look. If you want to try the mismatched earrings trend, it’s the easiest to do with very similar designs and scale. The amber color glass drop earrings from the 80s are linked below. They are really classic, in the style that reminds me of Chanel’s pâte-de-verre stones, and the amber is so neutral it’s easy to wear with everything. The Lucite ball drops are I have not listed yet, but just email me for more info. I layered the black and white glass cabochon link bracelet with a new find, a retro gold-tone link bracelet. To complete the look without visually distracting from the color blocked ensemble, the bag and shoes are in neutral black in clean shapes.

What statement color(s) will you be wearing for fall? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

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Duster: Vintage Courreges/ Top: Vintage Anne Klein / Pants: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target / Shoes: Sigerson Morrison / Bag: vintage

Faux amber drop earring: here / Lucite drop earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Glass cabochon link bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Gold-tone link bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Dome ring: personal collection /  Abstract ring with rhinestones, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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SUMMER STYLE RECAP 2017


Sasha Maks Vintage Summer Style Recap 2017

Summer is technically over, although San Francisco temps are still firmly in the 70s and 80s, and sometimes even hit the 90s. While I love the gorgeous weather, I’m actually jonesing for cooler days, and have been on lookout for fall staples. But before I start hunting down the perfect plaid blazers, cashmere camel coats, and chunky boots (my dream bootie right now is the white The Row combat boot), I thought it would be ideal time take a look back at this summer’s fave looks. SF summers are notoriously cold, as reflected in the layers I’m sporting in many of these looks.

As I look back on these ensembles, I see how much I have relied on essential jackets like the moto, bomber, and duster (this one has been such a reliable piece and I can wear it all year long!) more often then no, I styled them with vintage dresses (like maxis, slips, cheongsams), midi skirts, and high-waisted jeans,  accompanied by chunky booties and sandals, sneaks, and slippers.

And I have not missed an opportunity to wear the must-have accessory– statement earrings! Unless I’m loading up on multiple necklaces, I reach for over-the-top earrings, or  just one, or on occasion a mismatched pair.

What where you most memorable summer looks and what are you looking to add for to your fall wardrobe?
XO Sasha

Sasha Maks Vintage sheer dress and vintage Levi's.

Sasha Maks Vintage Summer Style Recap 2017

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Sasha Maks Vintage shirt dress and vintage denim jacket.
{Summer Uniform} Shirt Dress + Denim

Sasha Maks Vintage Summer Style Recap 2017

Graphic Tee and Varsity Jacket | Vintage Slip and Bomber

Sasha Maks Vintage Cheongsam dres and sculptural necklace.
Vintage Cheongsam and Fishnets

Sasha Maks Vintage Summer Style Recap 2017

Vintage YSL and Oversized Shirt | Dior Polka Dots and Pleats

Sasha Maks Vintage Lia Larrea wrap skirt and lace bodysuit.

{Cool Separates} Wrap Skirt Meets Bodysuit

Sasha Maks Vintage Summer Style Recap 2017

Button-Down with A Twist |Midi Dress and Statement Baubles

Sasha Maks Vintage slip dress and moto.
Slip Dress and Stripes

Sasha Maks Vintage Summer Style Recap 2017

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VINTAGE CHEONGSAM AND FISHNETS

Cheongsam dress and fishnet socks

Another look of old faves acquired over the years. This cheongsam dress was bought for a wedding of a good friend, and it’s such an easy piece to wear and style. The sheath is a timeless silhouette and  teal color is very distinct. I topped it off with a vintage velvet corduroy jacket from I.Magnin, not sure where I got it anymore, have had it for so long. But it used to be a piece I reached for often, I’m glad I kept it, it’s a very casual yet elegant jacket.

I always regret not having bought several more pairs of these Uterque brogues while traveling in Spain a few years back. Not only do I love the style, but these turned out to one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I have owned. The leather is just exceptionally soft, and I never had to break them in. I’m loving the fishnet trend, and will take every opportunity to put it int he mix. I like the unexpected pairing of the flirty fishnet with a masculine shoe.

I kept the jewelry game spare, but strong. The open-neck necklace with sculptural abstract tendrils offers a stark contrast to the traditionally feminine sheath. And no need to overload on the hand candy when rocking an oversized rhinestone snake ring.
XO Sasha

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Cheongsam dress and fishnet socks

Jacket: vintage I. Magnin / Dress: vintage / Shoes: Uterque / Bag: See by Chloe

Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Snake ring with rhinestones, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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{COOL SEPARATES} WRAP SKIRT MEETS BODYSUIT

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I had the pleasure of doing an interview and a shoot recently with a local fashion brand Lia Larrea, we have collaborated on a couple of events in the past, and I was excited when Lia, who not only designs her own brand, but also teaches at the Academy of Art asked me to be featured on her blog along many amazing women entrepreneurs.

I styled a couple of looks from Lia Larrea’s collection for the photo shoot, the collection is very elegant and modern which is ideal for showing off statement costume bijou. The first piece I was drawn too is the reversible wrap skirt. The fabric is actually water resistant, and I thought it would be in interesting contrast with a lacy bodysuit I picked up recently from Zara. To me a look is never complete without a blazer. This cropped, simple style is a perfect juxtaposition to the the full skirt. And this skirt will be perfect when the temps cool, I can see  it with my fave oversized camel sweater, tucked in the front and Stuart Weitzman OTK boots.

Elaborate jewelry would not be appropriate for this more streamlined look, but I wanted something that stood out and maybe was a little quirky. I went with mismatched titanium earrings from the 80s, and  two distinct bracelets, a Ciner enamel giraffe bangle, and a glass white and black cabochon link bracelet.
To tie in the coppery color of earrings, I chose these conversation starter rose gold flatforms, from none other then Zara. And I love how they visually balance the volume of the skirt.
Hope you enjoy the interview and check out Lia Larrea’s collection of modern basics!
XO Sasha

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 Blazer: contact Lia Larrea here / Bodysuit: Zara / Skirt: Lia Larrea, here / Shoes: Zara

  Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Glass cabochon link bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Enamel gjraffe bangle, here  / Dome ring with sapphire rhinestone ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Dome ring with rhinestones, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Other rings: personal collection

Photography:Quincy Stamper
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{DIOR} POLKA DOTS AND PLEATS

Dior polka dots blazer and skirt over dress.

 I consider blazers to be one of the most important foundation pieces of a wardrobe. It’s one of the first closet staples I recommend for my clients to purchase during a closet audit. The are an ideal way to elevate and polish a more casual look. This Dior blazer ( purchased at Closet 1951 as you can probably guess if you have been following this blog for even a short time) delivers sophistication and a sense of whimsy. I cannot think of a better way to show off the polka dot print then on a generous shawl color, it’s timeless and has a playful quality at the same time.

I have imposed a no shopping policy on myself, due to a soon approaching trip to Mexico City, where I have my eye set on shopping local designers, and  getting my hands on all the fabulous pieces (especially shoes!) at Uterque ( Zara’s pricier sister store, that I discovered a few years back in Barcelona). So instead of hitting up stores I’m digging deep into my closet. I love one-shoulder tops, they have such an elegant vibe whether styled casually or for cocktail hour. It was time to upgrade this dress (that I’ve had for years),  I was going to sell  or donate it, but instead have resurrected it as a top under this statement color skirt. Its slim proportions  are perfect for layering.

I wanted to ground the distinct pieces of this ensemble with an earthy shoe. While, I don’t think I will ever be sporting a Birkenstock, these chunky Zara sandals are my version of the originals.
To visually balance the bare shoulder, I chose a single drop earring.  An oversized faux pearl bracelet and a high dome black enamel hinge bracelet with rhinestones add the finishing touches.
XO Sasha

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 Blazer: Christian Dior /  /  Dress: Chaiken / Skirt: Cut25 / Shoes: Zara / Bag: vintage Celine

  Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Faux pearl link bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Enamel bracelet, here  / Panther ring and polka dot ring personal collection / Dome ring with rhinestones, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

 

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Vintage YSL and Oversized Shirt

Vintage YSL jacket and oversized shirt.
I found this grey cotton shirt by Jil Sander at Static Vintage, one of the vintage boutiques I frequent in the Haight. It’s a couple of sizes too big, but I realized its one of the best things about it. The fabric is beyond luxe and the shirt is superbly finished. I love how it billows out when tucked into pair of high-waisted pants. And how gorge is the moody dark grey, especially paired with the burnt terracotta vintage YSL jacket, the colors bring each other out perfectly!

The necklace is also by YSL, a fantastic find (email info@sashamaksvintage.com with inquiries) , it compliments the jacket and the clover design brings a touch of whimsy and polish to the utilitarian style jacket.

The peep-toe wedges are some of all time best buys! They seem to take every look up a notch. The corset-style lacing lends a provocative touch to a billowing grey shirt and high-waisted pant ensemble.
XO Sasha

Vintage YSL jacket and oversized shirt.

Vintage YSL jacket and oversized shirt. Vintage YSL jacket and oversized shirt. Vintage YSL jacket and oversized shirt. Vintage YSL jacket and oversized shirt. Vintage YSL jacket and oversized shirt.

 Jacket: vintage YSL / Shirt: Jil Sander /Pants: COS / Shoes: Topshop

Necklace: YSL, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Abstract ring with rhinestones, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Other rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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