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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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GRAPHIC TEE AND DUSTER

Graphic tee and Courreges duster.

Who doesn’t love a good graphic tee? It certainly makes dressing easier when you want to inject a serious dose of personality and attitude into a high-low ensemble. Being a movie buff, I couldn’t resist this Thomas Crown Affair tee, a bank heist movie from that features some of the most stylish clothes, hair and makeup from the late 60s!

The loose fitting tee set the mood for the rest of the look. I’ve paired it with a slouchy, silky maxi skirt (new find from Closet 1951),  and my current go-to coat, a vintage Courrege duster (it really goes withe everything, and I’m obsessed with the oh so on-trend full sleeves!). And talking about slouchy, I love the lived-in elegance of the Proenza Schouler PS1 satchel.
To counteract all the soft shapes in this look I chose two geometric Lucite bracelets by Judith Hendler from the 80s. They are oversized, simple, and elegant.
XO Sasha

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 Duster: vintage Courreges / T-shirt: no label / Skirt: Ian R.N. / Shoes: Sigerson Morrison / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: Proenza Schouler

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Lucite bangle: Judith Henderson, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Lucite link bracelet: Judith Henderson, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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Cheongsam and Other Old Faves

Cheogsam top and statement earrings.

I’ve been doing a closet edit and have refrained (for the most part) from shopping. Digging deep into my wardrobe I’ve uncovered this now vintage cheongsam  (this style always evokes the glamour of 1930s0s Shaghai for me) top by Lee Young Hee from my first trip to Paris many years ago.

This outfit is made up of many old favorites, pieces that I will never part with, that leave no doubt in feeling and looking good.
Here, I’ve reimagined the elegant and feminine cheongsam by layering it over a vintage 90s maxi dress in a rich olive color. To dress down the luxe fabrics of both, I chose strappy flats and a crossover bucket bag (I find the small logo design very appealing) by Celine. The quilted silk jacket with a mandarin collar is YSL, is another old friend.

To compliment the luxe fabrics of this look I went with Lucite shoulder duster earrings inset with rhinestones (if you love them, email me at info@sashamaksvintage.com), the bracelets in sandblasted Lucite are stunners embellished with crystals.
XO Sasha

Cheogsam top and statement earrings.

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 Jacket: vintage Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche / Dress: vintage no label / Top: Lee Young Hee / Shoes: Mossimo / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Pair of Lucite bracelets, here /  Dome ring with rhinestones, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Panther ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

 

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Summer Pop Up + Archive Sale

Summer Pop Up + archive sale email

RSVP: here

The first 10 customers who spend over $115 will receive a gift card for a blow out
(valued at $50) from Allison Hubbs Stylist at Salon OneThirteen.

Spread the word, bring your friends, sip bubbly, and shop amazing vintage jewels!

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{SUMMER UNIFORM} SHIRT DRESS + DENIM

Shirt dress and vintage denim jacket.

At the end of every Closet Audit I have a list of essential pieces that I give to my clients. While obviously the lists are not identical from to client to client, the same items do crop up. And they are all in this outfit–the shirt dress, the jean jacket, and the bootie.

  Coming up with new new looks to wear day after day can be a challenge even to the most sartorialy gifted. But, sometimes things are really that simple, but they don’t have to be boring. The shirt dress (easy to elevate or to dress down), I bought several years ago, at Cos, a brand (you can shop online or in Beverly Hills) that I mention often for it’s minimalist esthetic, where I never fail to find the ideal elevated basics.  The jean jacket, if you follow this blog you have seen me rock many times,is a really special piece (part of a men’s factory uniform from pre-WWII France), the military inspired booties (this is not necessarily the style I recommend for all, but I do always add a calf boot to the list) are ideal for lending an edge to clean-cut and feminine dresses.

I’ve been really into hoop earrings lately, I think I just missed wearing this style and they have been featured heavily on the runways since at least the Spring 2016 collections. These sterling hoops are from the 80s they are super simple and I love that about them! I left the statement making to the bracelets, the really chunky silver-tone Bartek bracelet is enough on its own, but why not add another strong piece to the equation, the sun and star motif link bracelet (I have a matching necklace too!) is fun and elegant.

If you struggle with putting looks together (this is the biggest challenge I hear from my clients), email to, info@styledbysashamaks to schedule a 20 minute complimentary phone consultation. From an at-home wardrobe edit, personal shopping, jewelry to virtual styling, I will tailor a session to your individual needs.

And we hope to see you Wednesday 16th at the Summer Pop UP + Archive Sale, RSVP here at Closet 1959. I’m excited to show my latest finds (lots of fab earrings!!), and I’ll be selling select pieces from my archive priced from $15-$85.
XO Sasha

Shirt dress and vintage denim jacket.

Shirt dress and vintage denim jacket.

Shirt dress and vintage denim jacket.Shirt dress and vintage denim jacket.Shirt dress and vintage denim jacket.

Jacket: vintage / Dress: Cos /  Shoes: Rag and Bone

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Dome rings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Silver-tone bracelet: Bartek, here / Star and Moon bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Film Star Photography, IG: @filmstarphotos

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SLIP DRESS AND STRIPES

Slip dress over t-shirt.

The slip dress-over-tee–the resurrected trend of the 90s–has been going strong for more then a year now. I think its appeal lies in the endless possibilities the combination offers. And it’s ideal styling trick for making a lingerie-inspired piece daytime appropriate, thus stretching your wardrobe. And I love how you can skew the look of a dressier item by combining with something casual.

I think, I wore this dress only once for a wedding of a good friend, that had a flamenco theme, and I thought the handkerchief hem gave it the appropriate flair. Slip dresses are one thing not missing from my closet, but I know I won’t be able to resist the next one that catches my eye!

Here, I layered a silky slip dress with a Breton stripe tee, (a classic that’s a must-have in everyone’s wardrobe! It always makes me think of Coco Chanel , who featured the utilitarian garment in her collection in 1917, and Jean Seberg in Breathless) which lends the elegant dress an informal feel. The moto jacket reliably adds an edge. The flatforms are equally sporty and glam, and  I like the rose gold with black and white!

I went oversized, but minimal with jewelry–a single statement sun motif  drop earring from the 80s, and a fun plastic flower ring from the 60s.
XO Sasha


Slip dress over t-shirt.
Slip dress over t-shirt. Slip dress over t-shirt. Slip dress over t-shirt. Slip dress over t-shirt.

Moto jacket: Zara / Dress: Thrifted / Top: Zara /  Shoes: Zara

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Lucite flower ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Wide bang ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /Polka dot ring: personal collection

Photography: Film Star Photography, IG: @filmstarphotos

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BUTTON-DOWN WITH A TWIST

Button-down shirt and a bodysuit.
Few things underpin a wardrobe more then a white button-down shirt. When I do a closet audit with a new client, that’s one of the items that goes on the list of must-have pieces first. But its very ubiquity can make it less then exciting to wear, but at the same time also easy to subvert its strictly utilitarian vibe. Some strategic layering can transition this 9 to 5 wardrobe staple to a chic and sexy  off-duty look.

This button-down happens to be a men’s shirt, and its oversized dimensions are ideal for creating a wrap effect with the lacy bodysuit underneath offering a feminine touch to the standard blazer and shirt ensemble. I love how the delicate lace contrasts with crisp shirt and the thick denim. The high-waisted jeans are perfect for this styling trick, they make it much easier to keep the shirt in.

This neutral palette calls for some heavy accessorizing. I piled on the layers, the two-tone X collar necklace is topped off with two mariner style chain necklaces. And speaking of all the bling,  I’m really excited to have a selection of pieces available at my fave designer consignment haunt, Closet 1951! And be sure to swing by the store August 16th for my Summer Pop Up. Stay tuned for me details.
XO Sasha

Button-down shirt and a bodysuit. Button-down shirt and a bodysuit. Button-down shirt and a bodysuit. Button-down shirt and a bodysuit. Button-down shirt and a bodysuit. Button-down shirt and a bodysuit.

Blazer: Issey Miayke / Button-down: Reiss / Bodysuit: Zara  / Jeans: Vetements / Shoes:  Zara

X collar necklace: here / Mariner style chain necklaces: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Wide band ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Abstract ring with rhinestones: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Studded ring: personal collection Dome ring: personal collection / Abstract ring with rhinestones: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Film Star Photography, IG: @filmstarphotos

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