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TRENCH + FLORAL MAXI DRESS

Trench coat and maxi floral dress.

I think many of us are always looking for ways to achieve an effortlessly cool look that can be put together without second thought When the temps drops, I tend to reach for the hard to beat jeans + sweater combo, but this outfit is just as easy and casual, but appears like it required a bit more effort. And I always like to utilize pieces from different seasons. Not only does it create opportunities for unexpected juxtapositions, but I got more bang for my  buck from my wardrobe.

Is there anything more comfortable then a generously cut maxi dress? This 80s floral number is from India, and I’m always awed by the yards and yards of fabric in the skirt! There’s so much girlish charm in the flow of a full skirted, finely pleated handkerchief skirt! And I’m especially drawn to dark florals, I think they are easier to transition into fall and beyond, and look less saccharin than the brightly colored variety.

To introduce a bit of edge, I need to temper all this sweet floral delicate frivolity with something a bit tough and masculine. That’s where my cold weather perennial fave comes in—a wool trench coat. It’s a wardrobe staple and pretty much goes with everything.  And, I’m happy to see the knee boot come back with a vengeance. It feels like it’s been awhile! I’ve picked this quilted pair recently at a consignment store, and love their practicality and cool factor.

The safety pin drop earrings are Dior and they expertly embody a tough femininity. There’s something  special about shoulder duster earrings, they move with your ever step. Among the amber drops there’s a gold branded “D” charm hidden away, such a cool way to add the designer’s signature!

Among a couple of my favorite ring, I added a couple of jade bands to  pick up the olive hue of the trench. I like when pieces echo and reinforce and play off each other in a look. Like the play of the diamond weave of the bucket bag and the dainty florals of the dress.

XO Sasha

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Trench coat and maxi floral dress.

Trench coat and maxi floral dress.

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Trench coat: , similar here and here / Dress: vintage, similar here, and here
/ Boots: Stuart Weitzman: similar here and here /
Bag: Simona here, similar here and here

Earrings:  Christian Dior, here / Rings: personal collection

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(UPCYCLED) PATENT VEST + SLIT PANT

Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.I have been eyeing the vest trend since its strong showing on the Spring 2020 runways. From knit vests, pinstripe suit vests, to vest jackets, blazers, and coats the versatility of this garment is impressive, and its perfect for all seasons! But instead of going out and buying one, although I’m on the lookout for cozy cashmere version, I decided to upcycle a jacket  from my closet with UV damaged knit sleeves and turn it into a vest. The patent leather was just too good to waste! And I want to get as much wear as I can out of this piece, especially as the our lifestyles in the midst of corona virus have made us rethink our shopping habits and adopt an even more timeless and multi-functional wardrobe.

This look is pretty classic and I love how the patent leather lends an edge to an elegant pleated top and a pair of black trousers. Note how the pant slit mimics the exposed sleeve. These pants I’ve had a for several years. Basic black trousers are closet essential, the slit definitely elevates them and it’s another detail that has been trending lately, albeit the slit is in the front in the latest iteration.

Of course I’m a big fan of the chain link necklace. Its popularity has exploded lately, but regardless of the latest runway or street style trends this type of evergreen piece is a jewelry wardrobe must. This cable link chain is vermeil (gilt sterling) from the 80s, made in Italy, with a rope twist outlining each link.

A minimalist, neutral clutch completes the look, but doesn’t compete with any other aspects of the outfit. And I didn’t neglect the finishing touch of a pair of small triangular gold and rhinestone earrings to add a sophisticated touch of sparkle.
XO
Sasha
Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.

Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.

Vest: Marnie x H&M, similar here and here / Top: Please Pleats, similar here, and here
/ Pants: Cos, similar here and here / Shoes: Gucci, similar here and here /
Bag: Ohja, here and here

Earrings:  contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Necklace: Vermeil sterling chain, contact info@sashamakvintage.com/ Ring: Enamel and brass band, 1970s, here⁣, contact info@sashamakvintage.com/ Christian Dior ring, personal collection

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HOUNDSTOOTH WITH A POP OF SILVER

Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.

I love a classic print, especially one with such a fascinating pedigree as the houndstooth! This abstracted checkerboard pattern made it’s way from Scottish sheep herders in the 1800s to a symbol of aristocratic wealth in the 1930s when adopted by Edward the VII Duke of Windsor.

With its masculine vibes and county club chic this boxy blazer is one of my oft reached for jackets, and I wanted to build a head-to-toe tonal around it. If you carefully follow the trends  the color of the moment is camel, but my advice is to use what you have in your closet. And luckily I had a pair of (almost) vintage gray pants (note the low waist and full break) and a light gray cozy tee to complete the look.
The generous cut will allow me to pair this blazer with chunky knits when the temps finally drop, but for now I’m loving how a slim, but slightly slouchy  long sleeve tee contrast with the oversized silhouette.
To liven up the neutral color scheme, I introduced a cool metallic with a pair of chunky heeled silver mules. I love how the pointy toes peek out from the full break pants, both of which elongate the leg. Classic Ferragamo Gancio earrings and an organic statement sterling ring finish of this this tonal look. And this understated palette is a great opportunity to pull out all the stops with an earthy, yet elegant Monies leather strand and ebony bracelet.
XO Sasha

Houndstooth blazer and silver mules. Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.
Houndstooth blazer and silver mules. Houndstooth blazer and silver mules. Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.

Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.

Blazer: thrifted no label, similar here and here / Tee: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here
/ Pants: Laundry by Shelli Segal, similar here, here and here / Shoes: Marc Fisher, similar here and here /
Bag: vintage Prada, similar here and here

Earrings: Ferragamo, contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Ring: Sterling ring with semi-precious stones, 1970s, here⁣, contact info@sashamakvintage.com/ Other rings, personal collection

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IN THE TRENCHES WITH A SLIP SKIRT

Trench coat and slip skirt.

Can this year get any more surreal?!! Literally, SF skies where a foreboding orange on September 10th due to raging wild fires on the West Coast.  I’m praying this devastation will end soon. It is horrendous to watch and experience the loss of life and land. This is one hellava a year!! I’m hoping and praying we will see fire containment soon!!!

The weather is all over the place again in SF, from the recent scorching heat wave to this week’s the temps are our more common low to mid 60s. And that means I’m full into my in-between-seasons dressing mode and transitioning my fave slip skirt (the light as a feather tiered ruffles with a hint of indigo dye just bring me joy!) by pairing it with a mid-weight trench coat.

If you’re in the market for some outwear for fall, I would highly recommend adding this utilitarian closet staple. It’s a versatile piece that works easily with jeans and a hoodie for day or after hours with strapless, feather trimmed evening dress. Invest in the best you can afford, my pick would be a classic beige one whether a more traditional or a deconstructed version. A leather trench will put you squarely at the front of the fashion pack.

This timeless polo was a recent sale find and I love how the ribbed wool contrasts with the tissue thin silk. I sized it up, but not too much, so I can wear it with oversized outerwear and not overwhelm my frame. The fitted silhouette chisels out the waist, perfect with a skirt that has a straight cut.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate pieces from disparate seasons is tonal dressing. It just pulls everything together in an effortless and elegant way.

A few gold tone pieces finish of the look, the “croc” pattern diamond shape button earrings are simple yet sophisticated. My fave sparkly Ch.Dior ring is subtle way to interpret the logo trend.
XO
Sasha

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Trench coat and slip skirt.

Trench coat and slip skirt.

Trench coat and slip skirt. Trench coat and slip skirt. Trench coat and slip skirt.

Trench coat: vintage Donna Karan Black Label, similar here and here / Sweater: Theory, here, similar here
/ Skrit: Dosa,  here, similar here and here / Shoes: Tibi, similar here and here /
Bag: vintage Topshop, similar here and here

Earrings: Gold tone button earrings , contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Rings: Ch.Dior, personal collection / Brass band and jade rings, personal collection

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STRIPED TOP AND LINEN PANT

Striped top and wide leg pants.

Despite the current major heat wave in the Bay Area (it’s hit 90 degrees in SF!!!), transitional dressing is right around the corner. About a week ago it was cooling off considerably, and I started to plot my in-between seasons outfits. It may seem hard thing to do, pulling from both from the summer and fall wardrobe, but actually offers a way to use more of your wardrobe and flex your sartorial muscle!

These high waist wide leg pants are from the late 90s, and they have been my fav thing to reach for during the heat. They offer the comfort of pajamas, but the medium weight linen keep them from looking sloppy. The key is to keep proportions in mind when wearing oversized clothing. I balanced out the wide leg pants with a 80s cropped boxy jacket. The quilted leather reminds me of a certain iconic flap bag!

The striped long sleeve tee is a new addition, and it’s been a long time since I’ve reached for a Breton stripe style top. As much as I love this classic design, it just seemed cliche and outdated for a couple of years. However, the thinner stripe and the addition of a silver thread through the color way, but most of all the puff sleeve (a subdued, modern take on the leg-of-mutton style) sealed the deal.

For jewelry,  I went with whimsical elephant earrings and a foursome of tough chic studded bangles from the 70s. The eclectic selection compliments the relaxed, yet chic vibe of the look that draws from so many decades. And I love how the Gucci loafer just grounds everything with its timeless appeal!
XO Sasha

Striped top and wide leg pants.Striped top and wide leg pants.


Striped top and wide leg pants.
Striped top and wide leg pants.

Striped top and wide leg pants. Striped top and wide leg pants.

Jacket: vintage, no label, similar here and here / Top: Derek Lam 10 Crosby, here, similar here
/ Pants: vintage J.Jill,  similar here and here / Shoes: Gucci, here, similar here and here /
Bag: vintage Miu Miu, similar here and here

Earrings: Gold tone button earrings , contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Set of four bracelets: contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Rings: enamel and brass–all personal collection

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SMOCKED MAXI DRESS AND SHEER TOP

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We’ve had quite the heatwave last week! I’m talking 90 degree weather in San Francisco!!! But most of the time we always need a layer in SF’s notoriously cold summers. A strapless maxi dress is perfect for adding some kind of layer underneath that won’t leave you freezing in the shade and wind.

This 70s maxi dress features a smocked bodice (the fabric is gathered and stretchable) that will flatter various body types, and I love the vibe of a dreamy, romantic summer that it conjures up for me.  But this dress is easy to style all year round, I want that cost per wear maximized! I can layer a tissue thin t-neck underneath in the fall, and style it as a skirt with a chunky sweater in the winter.

The sheer knit tee is a perfect under layer for the tight bodice, no fear of unattractive bulk here! The minimalist tee inspired me to wear a utilitarian Prada crossbody to offset the statement boho print. A basket tote would be nice too, but a bit predictable.

These metallic strappy sandals deserve a mention. The embossed snakeskin is drop dead gorgeous, and that padded thick ankle strap makes the shoe. I was convinced, I would not be able to wear them, thin straps are immediately painful to me. But these Bottega Veneta’s are in a league of their own, the straps are pliable and are adjustable in three different places.

With the jewelry I did skew more boho to compliment the dress. The Monies wood and gold foil Lucite drop earrings glow from within, they are earthy, but in a very sophisticated way (get all the deets on them here). And I love how the gold  echoes the yellow in the daisies! And if you fall as hard for that between finger ring as I did,  you can shop it here.
XO
Sasha

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Dress: vintage, similar here and here /  Top: COS, similar here and here / Shoes: vintage Bottega Veneta, similar here and here / Bag: vintage Prada, similar here and here

Earrings: Monies,contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Pair of bracelets: vintage coin silver and turquoise, personal collection / Rings: enamel and brass–all personal collection

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CHIC BLAZER AND SATIN PANTS

Blazer and satin pants.

I’m starting to think about what investment pieces I will be buying for fall. Of course with a focus on consignment and vintage as much as possible! And this look exemplifies why it’s important to buy with a purpose and longevity in mind and how I can improve upon it.
Everything shutting down has for my really underscored in a much more acute way how important it is to choose every piece wisely as we streamline our lives. I have been practicing this for many years but it has really hit home now!

I’m always singing the praises for a good blazer. It has the uncanny ability to just class up everything else you’re wearing. Here, I’m wearing one of my faves, a vintage YSL, the warm beige is simply gorgeous and has just the right oversize cut.

I’m also very partial to a good pair of trousers. These happen to be from a fast fashion house and I’ve had them for a few years. Since buying them, I have made up my mind to quit fast fashion. But the pieces I still have, I’ll continue to wear and replace them eventually with vintage or resale versions. Why I love these with this blazer in particular is their pajama-esque vibe, it. The wide leg is chill and relaxed and the satiny fabric loosens up the officey vibes of the blazer.

Further dressing down the blazer I went with a a very casual top, a quality high neck, thick cotton tank. The cross strap slides and denim baguette bag serve the same purpose. And I love all  the various fabric textures and how they play against each other.

The earrings are one of my best finds!  So far keeping these stunners to myself. They are big and fun, but also have  a cool industrial vibe. But what I really like about them, is because of my hair color they kind of blend in and are only really obvious when they peek out my hair. So I get the best of both worlds, a statement pair of earrings that are somewhat unobtrusive.

The coin silver and turquoise cuffs are another personal collection item. Pieces like that really give personality to a look. How cool is the Southwest meets Deco style mashup?! I added some color with a bunch of 70s brass and enamel rings and some nail polish. Just a subtle touch to liven up the neutral palette of the look.
XO
Sasha

Blazer and satin pants.
Blazer and satin pants.

Blazer and satin pants.

Blazer and satin pants.

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Blazer: vintage YSL, similar here and here, here / Tank Top: COS  here and here / Pants: COS, here and here / Shoes: Sigerson Morrison, similar here and here / Bag: vintage Miu Miu, similar here and here

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Pair of bracelets: vintage coin silver and turquoise, personal collection / Rings: enamel and brass–all personal collection

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A SLINKY SLIP DRESS AND QUILTED LEATHER

Slip dress and Leather Jacket

 I’m always singing the praises of slip dresses! And no wonder this timeless and minimalist sheath has so much going for it. It’s incredibly versatile, you can rock one to a wedding or  to work and everything in between. And with so many iterations of it everyone should be able to find a variation on the theme that suits them.

But even when this lingerie-esque piece skews more evening than a casual brunch with the girls, there’s a way to make it work with a few styling tweaks.

Here, I toughened up this satin and lace number with a leather jacket (how cool is the quilting, which inevitably makes me think of that certain French bag that everybody covets!) and a military inspired bootie.

And the play of textures adds depth to this outfit. I love the contrast of quilted leather with lustrous charmeuse.

To complement this look I went with a silver story for jewelry. Ruffled gunmetal earrings have an industrial vibe and a smattering of sterling rings polishes off the look.

XO Sasha

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Jacket: vintage, similar here and here, here / Dress: thrifted,  BCBG,  here and here / Boots: Vince, similar here and here / Bag: vintage Celine, similar here and here

Earrings: here / Right hand: sterling and blue diamond band, pearl and sterling band / Left hand, Chanel sterling star ring, pear and sterling ring,  and sterling ring–all personal collection

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LEGGINGS-AS-PANTS AND A DUSTER

Leggings-as-pants.

Collectively everyone’s style has become even more casual since shelter in place. Sweats and activewear are staples for many fashion girls.  And I’m jumping on the leggings-as-pants bandwagon…perhaps. I’m the type who generally only wears leggings to the gym. But they have become so popular during quarantine and I was curious to see how I could interpret the trend for my style sensibility.

A popular way to wear leggings for those working from home via Zoom is pairing them with a blazer. While I definitely admire how many can pull off this look, and may try it in the future, I just don’t feel like myself wearing it. Maybe my blazers are too formal, or I’m not yet fully on board, but the contrast is just too jarring for me. However, I do think that a less structured piece of outerwear like a duster or a kimono jacket pairs with leggings effortlessly. Not to mention the longer length covers your bottom and thus creates a less casual vibe.

Another way to incorporate leggings-as-pants is to choose a monochromatic palette–it just reads as inherently sophisticated and imparts a certain formality. The eye sees an uninterrupted sleek line. However, it helps to vary the textures to create subtle differentiation of color to keep tonal dressing interesting. And with something so form fitting, I like to introduce a little bit of volume. This silk vintage shell drapes beautifully over the skin tight bottoms.

Another sure way to elevate a look based on this athleisure staple is with polished accessories. The white V-cut vamp pumps fit snugly on the foot, giving off elegant dancer shoe vibes,  and the woven leather tote is casually luxe.

The jewelry does not need to be over-the-top here, after all this look is all about comfort and effortless style. The vermeil sculptural earrings, (they remind of of abstracted sails), are subtle but not invisible. And my fave pair of vermeil hand-made bangles (the design reminds me of a bamboo-style motif, but more interesting) dress up the wrist. Since the earrings and bracelets are pretty understated, I chose a smattering of more flamboyant rings just for fun!
XO Sasha

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Duster: vintage, similar here and here / Top: Vintage, similar here and here / Leggings, Danskin, similar here, and here /  Shoes: Tibi, similar here and here / Bag: thrifted, similar here and here

Earrings: Vermeil pierced earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Pair of bracelets: Italy, vermeil 1980′s, personal collection / Right hand: panther ring personal collection; Left hand,  sapphire rhinestone wedding cake ring,  adjustable, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com; Lion ring, personal collection

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EASY BREEZY TOP-AND-SKIRT COMBO

Boho top and skater skirt.

The last couple of weeks have been horrific, unsettling and for now, it least it seems, we are on a path to remedy police brutality and racism.  I know it’s going to be a long  and complicated fight, but the fact that all over the country and worldwide people are protesting for justice and equality is incredibly heartening. I have posted my reactions to these events on Instagram, and last week I resumed my regular content. I will continue to pay attention to how things unfold and to keep myself informed so I can be an effective ally to BIPOC.

We’ve had some beautiful weather in San Francisco lately and it’s been a a great opportunity to be able to shed the jeans and go for top-and-skirt combos. Billowing, fluid, loose garments are my go tos in the summer months. This look brings so many good memories!

I’ve paired a boho top from Oaxaca with a sophisticated skater skirt from Mexico City purchased a few years back. I cannot wait to visit Mexico again soon and do some exploring and shopping!
The peasant top is from Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca, where you can find an incredible selection of local crafts. The skirt is from @1.8takamura, a designer based in Mexico City (Guillermo Vargas’s great-grandfather was Japanese, hence the name). His designs are experimental with indigenous and Japanese influences. I love the contrast of a rustic gauzy top with the dressier cotton gabardine skirt.

And since we’re all dressing more casually these days I wanted to introduce a sneaker, I’m not naturally drawn to them, but I wanted to branch out. Despite their universal appeal, I’m not a fan of white sneaks for me, they make my feet look bigger and I don’t need to exaggerate anything in that department, lol! For me, a pale blush pair will do very nicely as they blend in with my skin tone and create a streamlined silhouette. What I really appreciate about these is that even the sole is not white.

Of course, I have to reach out for a few statement pieces to elevate this look. I went with a modern take on chandelier earrings and one of my fave bracelets–an Egyptian Revival design with paisley cut-outs by Hobé in a beautiful antique gold finish.

Be sure to email me if you’re interested in any of these baubles!
Sending love!
XO Sasha

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 Top: from Oaxaca, Mexico, similar here and here / Skirt, similar here, and here / Shoes: Reebok, similar here and here / Bag: Vintage Celine similar here and here

Earrings:  vintage Alexis Bittar, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: Hobé  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ring, right hand: Amethyst vermeil ring,  personal collection; left hand, between the fingers ring, onyx and turquoise, 1970s, here, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

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