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{HOW TO WEAR} A FRESH SPIN ON THE LBD

How to updated an LBD
I don’t need to sing the praises of the LBD to you. You know all the sartorial benefits of this wardrobe staple. I can however show you how to update a classic A-line dress you may have in the back of your closet, especially if it’s sleeveless and best suited for spring or summer.

While undoubtedly a classic, and infinitely versatile the little black dress can read a bit conservative. A few ways to add fresh spin to the sophisticated staple is to add striking accessories. A bold pair of earrings can do wonders for a look, and these runway sized dangly Lucite earrings add a dose of fun and cool. To keep the fantastic plastic theme going I added a pair of Lucite bangles sprinkled with rhinestones and a large flower ring. A top with sheer sleeves layered under the dress creates a two-tone effect and keeps me from freezing my booty off.

An exaggerated shoulder coat brings a masculine dimension. The extreme proportions call for an equally strong shoe.
The platform mary-janes just happen to have the coolest Lucite buckle that compliment the shoulder dusters perfectly. But the shoes needed one more touch, something insouciant and chic. Why not pair them with sheer black socks? I’ve been loving this trend for some time, and have been collecting cute socks from Cos. Sadly they are not available online, but I make sure to stock up each time I go to L.A.

What are you styling tricks for updating a classic? Please share in the comments.
And if you are ready to update your style contact Styled by Sasha Maks to schedule a 15 minute complimentary phone consultation.
XO Sasha

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Coat: Vetements / Dress: c/0 Wear Mahsa / Top: Go Silk /
Shoes: Simone Rocha/ Boots: Alexander Wang

Lucite earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Pair of Lucite bracelets, here/ Lucite flower ring, personal collection /

 

Photography by Garry Alexander

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️  You can never have too much love or too much jewelry. ❤️
xoxo Sasha
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{ELEVATED STAPLES} MILITARY CHIC + PATCH DENIM

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Which pieces do you reach for everyday to make dressing in the morning seamless? For me they include staples like a military inspired jacket, a pencil denim skirt, and a metallic cardigan. All three can be paired with just about any other piece in my wardrobe and are easily dressed up or down.

But the jacket and the skirt are hardly run-of-the-mill. A simple denim pencil skirt (love its playful 70s vibe) gets transformed in an abstract collage design. A generously cut wool jacket sports strappy details across the back (the metallic cardi plays off the masculine shape nicely). These unbasic wardrobe essentials deserve an equally elevated shoe. Rose gold cut out heels earn extra style points.

The military green and denim look calls for some bold bling. Throw in chunky round link bracelets in the mix and mismatched ear candy, (a gold-tone modernist chandelier contrasts with a sculptural wood earring). The more mismatched the rings the better, one way to make it work is to create a common thread with similar shapes and metals.

Which elevated staples do you rely on everyday?
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Tibi, c/o Le Point / Mock turtleneck: Cos / Cardigan: Opening Ceremony, c/o Le Point /
Skirt: Opening Ceremony, c/o Le Point / Boots: Alexander Wang

Wood earrings, personal collection / Gold-tone chandelier earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Silver-tone chunky bracelet, here / Silver-tone bangle, ontact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Gold-tone link bracelet, here / All rings, personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete


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VALENTINE’S TRUNK SHOW

Sasha Maks Vintage Valentine's Trunk Show
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DOUBLE UP: MOTO AND BLAZER

How to layer two jackets
If you’re tired of reaching for your basic neutral coat or puffer when it’s bitingly cold outside, try layering two lighter weight jackets to combat the chill.
One of easiest formulas is a fitted jacket topped off with an oversized one. And juxtaposing an edgier style with a more traditional one takes your layering game to the next level. A chenille turtleneck lends cozy texture and contrasts beautifully with the leather jacket. I have been a long time fan of culottes, and the wide leg style is super versatile, it really reads more like a skirt.

I’ve doubled up on necklaces here too. Mixing two similar chunky chains, one with tortoiseshell beads creates a single impactful statement piece.
To break up the neutral palette a pale pink structured bag delivers a happy shot of color. Chunky booties anchor the wide leg culottes and the heavy zipper echoes the hardware on the moto jacket.

What are you best layering tricks? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

P.S. For those of you live or work in the East Bay, please join me Tuesday, February 7, 6pm – 9pm for a Valentine Trunk Show at Apre Soleiin Walnut Creek pick out a unique jewelry gift for you loves and don’t forget to treat yourself.
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Blazer: Creatures of Comfort, c/o Le Point / Moto: Ganni / Sweater: Creatures of Comfort, c/o Le Point /
Culottes: Tibi / Boots: Alexander Wang / Bag: Creatures of Comfort, c/o Le Point

Wood earrings, personal collection / Gold-tone chunky chain necklace, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Gold-tone chunky chain necklace with amber drops, here / Gold-tone link bracelet, here / All rings, personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

 


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STRIPES AND LAYERS

Maxi dress over jeans

My trunk show at Le Point is coming up so fast, and to highlight our collab I wanted to put together a few posts showing off the ultra-cool boutique’s stellar collection of brands such as, Creatures of Comfort, Ganni, and Tibi.

It has been so cold lately and the only upside is it presents opportunities for creative layering. I love how elongating the stripes are on this striped shirt dress, the rust colored mock turtleneck I layered under it is from a local brand Micaela Greg, it kept me perfectly toasty on a windy day in the inner Mission. It’s refreshing to see this color from a contemporary brand. Mostly for earthy tones likes this I have to rely on vintage finds from the 70s. And the rose colored heel Alexander Wang booties echo the warm tone perfectly.

Since the dress is maxi, I styled it as a duster here, the better to show my of a pair of practically vintage patched Zara jeans. The grey boyfriend coat is roomy enough to accommodate another sweater if I needed. I really like how minimal it is, without any bells and whistles. It’s ideal for throwing over a more complicated look.

A  mixed metal arm party, a leather wrap bracelet, mismatched earrings, and a mix of sterling and brass rings–the more eclectic, the more personal, the better in my book of layering jewelry. And I thought I had my fill of bucket bags, but this iteration of the Apple bag from Creatures of Comfort strikes just the right not between trendy and timeless.

We hope to see you Wednesday, February 1st, 5- 8pm for a Valentine’s Day trunk show at Le Point.
RSVP here.
XO Sasha
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Coat: N Nicholas, c/o Le Point / Sweater: Micaela Greg, c/o Le Point / Dress: Ganni, c/o Le Point /
Jeans: Zara / Boots: Alexander Wang / Bag: Creatures of Comfort, c/o Le Point

Sterling hoops, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Mixed metal drop earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Napier, silver-tone bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Gold-tone link bracelet, personal collection / Bangle, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Leather wrap bracelet, personal collection / All rings, personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete


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{OVERSIZED} SWEATER WEATHER

Oversized sweater and chunky boots.

I’ve been obsessed with finding warm knits to survive the chilly temps. I came across this Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons sweater while sourcing jewelry at the Alameda flea. It must have been exceptionally cold that day, because this sweater can almost serve as a coat on its own! What drew me immediately was the collage like construction of various types of weaves and yarns and the elongated front panel.
I decided to wear it with gauzy cotton pants, (and tights under) black skinnies would work just as well, to balance out the bulky sweater. Chunky booties are just right to anchor this look, a sleek, minimal boot would look to wimpy here.
This monochromatic looks calls out for punchy accessories, like the clover necklace, from the very sought-after YSL, with coral red enameled leaves and the raspberry, slouchy satchel from Proenza Schouler.
A couple of chunky bracelets in mixed metals and sculptural earrings take this laid-back winter outfit up another notch.
What are your go-to pieces in the colder temps?
XO Sasha

P.S. And if you like the pieces featured in this post, you can shop most of them at my next trunk show at Le Point, just in time for the next big holiday.  Yes, I’m talking about Valentine’s Day1 Get glammed up with stand-out bijoux, and much more! Join us Wednesday, Feb.1st, 5-8pm, for sweets and bubbly, makeup courtesy of TRU app, and beauty goody bags.
Will You Be Our Valentine?
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Oversized sweater and chunky boots.
Oversized sweater and chunky boots.
Oversized sweater and chunky boots.Oversized sweater and chunky boots.
Oversized sweater and chunky boots.
Coat: Isabel Marant, c/o Closet 1951 / Sweater: Junya Watanabe for Comme de Carcons /
Pants: Xirena / Boots: Rag & Bone / Bag: Proenza Schouler, c/o Closet 1951

Necklace: YSL, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Link gold tone bracelet, here / Earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /
Torque bracelet and rings: personal collection

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

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WILL YOU BE OUR VALENTINE? | SASHA MAKS VINTAGE X LE POINT

Sasha Maks Vintage Valentine's Trunk Show at Le Point
Join us for a Valentine’s Day Soirée!
I’m excited to pop-up at the very chic Le Point.
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xo Sasha
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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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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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