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{VINTAGE) COAT WEATHER

Winter coat and otk boots.

One  thing my wardrobe is not really missing is the array of outwear (although I’m still looking for the ideal camel coat!). And I prefer to find this category by buying vintage. For two very good reasons. The price points are much better as well as the quality of what you can find. It doesn’t have to be a collectible designer name either! This classic coat is newer find. And it’s  a current fave! I love the long line, the classic silhouette ,and the color that sits somewhere between dark grey and blue.

It’s a warm, heavy piece and thus affords the ability to forgo too many layers (but I do rely on some Heatech camisoles!). Another good vintage piece is this navy dress t(hat I’ve had forever) with a Gumps label. It’s an elegant, simple cut in a subtly pleated fabric and easy to style dressed up or more casual.

And I love a good thigh high boot! In this particularly bone chilling weather they really come through as much needed layer that also packs plenty of attitude.

I’ve styled this monochromatic look with two longer necklaces. You may have noticed that I prefer my chains chunky! But I love how slender chain (sterling, from Italy) compliments the heftier piece.
XO SASHA

Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots.

Coat: vintage/ Dress: vintage I.Magnin  / Bag: vintage Celine  / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff/

Chunky chain necklace contact sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Chain necklace: personal collection / Earrings: K.J.L / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo


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BOMBER MEETS RUFFLES

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

This look captures one of my most practiced outfit formulas–take a masculine piece, in this case a new bomber (how good are the wool  sleeves?!) and add a lingerie inspired skirt (one of my fave finds from a recent trip to Oaxaca) and you get a balanced look with pieces from the opposite sides of the spectrum.

The delicate ruffles will be ideal with a wispy cami on a hot summer day, but why wait for another six months to rock a sweet piece like that, when it can be paired unexpectedly with a utilitarian nylon bomber? And the otk boots are ideal here, as they serve a most necessary layer under a featherweight skirt in the biting SF winter.

I’m also not reserving this vintage, rhinestone adorned clasp evening bag for night time soirees only (I made sure my iPhone fits before snapping it up!). The more you can make all your pieces work for you all year round and all hours of they day the better!

And don’t save those OTT earrings either. NYE parties may have come and gone but that glitzy vibe can be yours all year round day and night. Just remember to temper something overtly feminine with something masculine.
XO Sasha

Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt.

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

 

Jacket: Rag & Bone / Sweater: Cos / Skirt: Dosa, here / Bag: vintage  / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff

Earrings: St. John, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Sapphire rhinestone ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ch. Dior ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography Editing: Guseva Photo


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JUST A BLAZER AND JEANS

Camel blazer and jeans.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone celebrated in their ideal fashion. I unfortunately was under the weather, but not as a bad as last year when I struggled to get over  a cold for a month. But Russian New Year is still ahead (January 14th) and I will make up for it then!

I have many exciting things in store for the new year. Hence you may not here from as often for a little while. One of them involves a home improvement project that will be challenging  for someone who spends a lot of time working from home. The other big project (that has hit a few snags) will be setting up a new website and blog. It will be hard, but so worth it and I’m dreading it and feeling excited about all the changes to come!

I wanted to start the first post of 2019 with a very classic, very simple and oh so necessary outfit to have at your fingertips when life is too demanding to think up elaborate outfits. The formula is simple: blazer + t-neck sweater + loafers. Invest in the best pieces you can afford, they will last longer and you really need the classics to mix in with more quirky pieces you may want to experiment with.
My big splurge from last year was a pair of  Gucci Brixton loafers, they are classic through an through and will be impervious to passing trends. Ideally, I’d have topped of this look with a perfectly luxe but comfortable-as-a-bathrobe camel coat, and while that search continues, I did find this classic Rag & Bone double breasted blazer (that I sized up in to be able to wear with chunkier pieces underneath).
No surprise, think the secret in giving this type of look (and for that matter any other look) your own spin is the accessories. In my case that role will be probably always be fulfilled with over-the-top jewelry. These giant sterling and vermeil 80s hoops are from Israel, I’m pretty smitten with them and will be not letting them go! As well as the the chunky domed cuff with just a sprinkling if diamante is Kenneth Lane.

As you know dressing well is about more then clothes, it affords the pleasure of feeling confident and comfortable while exploring your sartorial fantasies.

Ready to fulfill your wardrobe dreams in 2019? Email info@styledbyasashamaks.com and we can take it from there. Check out all the services here and Yelp reviews here.
XO Sasha

Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans.

Blazer: Rag & Bone / Sweater: Cos / Jeans: Vintage Levi’s / Bag: Ojha  / Shoes: Gucci

Earrings: personal collection / Rings: personal collection / Bracelet: Kenneth Lane, sold

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography Editing: Guseva Photo


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SLIP ON A SKIRT + GIFTS AND GLAM HOLIDAY EVENT

Slip skirt and western booties.

I have a weakness for slip dresses, and when the slip skirt became a big trend recently (here and here,) I was on the lookout for a vintage version. And I was lucky to find this devoré  bias-cut skirt in a vintage shop. The cut is super elegant and the skirt can be dressed up or down easily. I love wearing a piece like that on a casual day. The dressy fabric contrasts nicely with a chunky, practical knit.

Another big trend I’m having fun with is the western boot one! These mules, with a gorg two-toned snake embossed pattern and studs are surprisingly versatile. They have all the attitude you want in a bootie/mule hybrid.

Speaking of attitude,  the easiest way to bring some drama to a look is with statement baubles. These latest finds are a true shoulder duster length! And you can shop them and the other finds I’ve acquired recently at the Gifts
and Glam Holiday Event next Wednesday. I’ll be popping up at Superga with a very talented San Francisco designer Mahsa of Wear Mahsa. A portion of sales will be donated to the Oroville Hope Center, which is collecting new shoes for Butte County Fire victims.

Grab a friend and  join us next week to shop an give! RSVP here.
XO Sasha

Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties.

Coat: Isabel Marant Etoile  / Sweaters: Cos / Skirt: Vintage / Bag: Simona  / Shoes: Sigerson Morisson, here

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

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography
Editing: Guseva Photo

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THE LAYERING GAME

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A slip dress is a girl’s best friend, at least this girl’s. I will never stop singing the praises of a slip dress! And to wear them at every opportunity available, even when the weather is cooling off. And the easiest way to do that is to layer a silky slip dress over a tissue thin turtleneck. But if you have a slip dress that’s a looser fit (like this almost vintage Prada one here), you can choose a more medium weight.

When layering, I prefer the keep the color story tonal. Since the look is already busy, it gains from a more limited palette. For jewelry I chose a new pair of hoops (that have already sold), and one of my fave motifs in jewelry, a panther bracelet (sold as well). But, I’m I’m always on the lookout for this classic style so follow me on IG or sign-up for the newsletter, to snag one for yourself.
XO Sasha

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Trench coat: Chaiken sample /Dress: vintage Gucci /  Mock T-neck: Cos  / Bag: vintage Celine / Shoes: Martha Davis

Earrings: sold / Panther bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bangle bracelets: personal collection /  Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography
Editing: Guseva Photo


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FALL UNIFORM

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Aaah, the power of uniform dressing! While I find myself often obsessing over every aspect of a look, a uniform makes dressing every day so stress free. I’m sure I have mentioned before the importance of a good blazer or 10, not sure how many is too many?!) I wear one at every given opportunity–it just finishes off a look in a very polished way no matter what else you’re wearing. And for the rest of this outfit formula I chose a pair of cropped wide leg  chinos, they still have the casual vibe of a pair of jeans, but are just something a little different from the ubiquitous denim.
The vintage Issey Miayke blazer is one of those forever pieces, it’s perfectly oversized and its lack of any trendy details just lends itself to infinite combinations.
A billowing sleeve (one-shoulder will do nicely) shirt adds a sprinkling of drama. Speaking of which, how good are these leather trimmed hoops?! Love their Chanel vibe!. Snap them up here.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: vintage Issey Miayke / Shirt: Angel Grave / Pants: H&M / Booties: old, no label

Earrings: here / Bracelet: Whiting & Davis, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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HOUNDSTOOTH AND SLINKY MAXI

Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress.

I think the most interesting looks possess a tension within them. So, I like to pair pieces that are the opposite of each other. Like this oversized blazer and maxi slip dress. This fall, traditional men’s fabrics like glen plaids and herringbone have come to the forefront. My most admired  from this genre of timeless fabrics is– houndstooth–the abstract broken checks of Scottish origin that where originally worn by shepherds, and later popularized by the British, specifically Edward the VII, Duke of Windsor, in the 30s and 40s, and later by Christian Dior, who often dabbled in it the 50s.

The sexy slip dress is toned down by the boxy cut of the blazer. And at the same time the exaggerated masculine shoulders only emphasize the slinky femininity of the dress. I would have ideally worn a slip skirt (still looking for the perfect one, and love that it’s a big trend!) that I’d have paired with a chunky loose knit sweater.

And what about the jewelry? I think the lock pendant necklace on a flat snake  chain (is there a better one?), is perfectly polished and nonchalant with this look.

And I’m happy the craze for animal print has reminded me to break out my cheetah print oxfords after a long hiatus. They are pretty practical and serve plenty of catty style (could not resist!).
XO Sasha

Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress. Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress.

Houndstooth blazer and slinky maxi dress.

Jacket: thrifted /Dress: thrifted  / Bag: vintage/ Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff

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

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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BLAZER AND TEE

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I love a good blazer (as you may easily see from previous looks here, here and here), from new designers, to mostly vintage and thrifted, I’m always on the lookout for this wardrobe hero piece.

The reason is simple. The right blazer can immediately transform a casual look (my preferred mode of dressing, but let me qualify that by a phrase I heard/ready somewhere recently–considerate casual.

I love the ease of a graphic tee, this one references one of the best fashion movies from the late 60s, The Thomas Crown Affair (if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it!). Pairing it was jeans makes for a cool casual look. But the addition of a blazer, just takes the whole chill ensemble to a new dimension. The blazer is very streamlined (no collar, no buttons, plain pockets),  and just makes it that much easier to pair with various looks. This teal color is great with denim, since the low contrast just makes the two pieces blend seamlessly.

But why stop with just a good blazer? You must have heard about the animal print trend? With leopard the clear front runner.
I have taken a long break from this classic print, and now just seem like just the right time to reintroduce it. And if you like me just want  a small dose of it for now, then there’s no better way to rock it then with an elegant pump.

And speaking of leopards, (I’m more then partial to animal jewelry, particularly big cats) and this creamy white enamel leopard head bracelet from the 80s just adds another subtle layer to the animal print theme. I’m also wearing a pair of Maltese Cross earring, another timeless motif, that will remain forever in style.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Negarin London / Tee shirt: / Jeans: H&M / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: See by Chloe / Shoes: Rachel, Rachel Roy

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

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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VINTAGE DENIM AND MAXI SKIRT

Vintage denim and maxic skirt.

A denim jacket only gets better with age (this one is vintage), but it only underscores my point. I like to juxtapose pieces that are lived in with more glitzy accents. As I did here with a pair of metallic mules.

The rest of the look is pretty simple, a ribbed tank top (in a nice thick cotton) and my g0-to maxi skirt. Both of these are wardrobe staples that are essential for building a look. SF weather is all over the place right now, and this kind of look is so easy to adapt for cooler temps. I’d just add a mock turtleneck and a pair of slouchy boots (loving this style right now!).

The 80s YSL earrings are a new addition (not listed yet, but email me if you’re interested). I find them to be super versatile. In a floral motif that’s not overly feminine. They bring a sophisticated touch, and add a subtle pop of color. For the arm candy, I layered my fave silver bracelets (from a personal collection) with a mixed metal celestial link bracelet, that seems to go with just about everything.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: vintage / Tank top: COS / Skirt: / Sunglasses: vintage Prada / Bag: Ojha / Shoes: Andrew Marc

 Earrings: YSL, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Celestial bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Other bracelets: personal collection / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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SUNNY MAXI AND STATEMENT SLEEVES

8572 It’s September but, I’m not willing to give up easy summer dresses, especially this vintage raw silk number in pale yellow just yet! And since San Francisco summers really start this time of year and go through October, I’ll  still be able to rock my fave summer dresses for at least a month. But, I did want to acknowledge that fall is coming and paired this dress with chunky booties with a military vibe. I love the combination of a feminine piece with something more edgy and tough. And speaking of juxtapositions. The black jacket is super casual, but has an incredible statement sleeve!  The balloon sleeve really elevates this sporty piece. I’m wearing one of my fave necklaces (email info@sashamakvintage.com with inquiries), not only is it easy to style due to the mixed metals and textured finish, but the celestial motif is just versatile enough to pair with just about anything. XO Sasha PicMonkey Collage_2 8592 PicMonkey Collage_1 8588 8575

Jacket: Chabe from Mexico City /Dress: vintage / Mules: Andrew Marc / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: Marie Turnor, here

 Earrings and necklace:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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