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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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TRÈS SHEER AND BRODERIE ANGLAISE

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I’m taking advantage of a couple of warm days that have come around here and there and rocking a new sheer top from Cos and a skirt beautifully detailed with floral broderie anglaise embroidery from Anna Sui I’ve had for years. Almost sold this skirt once, luckily I came to my senses and kept this classic.

I love the delicate gauzy texture of the knit top and the intricate embroidery together, and the addition of silver metallic shoes introduces a new element–a sleek and futuristic vibe that takes the look into more sophisticated territory.

I mixed the genres of jewelry as well, contrasting an 80s glitzy necklace of rhinestone detailed beads (styled as a bracelet) and an enamel and rhinestone panther ring with Lucite Op Art style earrings.
XO Sasha

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Top: Cos / Skirt: Anne Sui /Mules: Andrew Marc / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: Marie Turnor, here

 Earrings:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet and spike ring and snake ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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BOMBER AND POLKA DOTS

Version 2 I’m always on the hunt for chic and practical outerwear options, be it a classic robe coat, a duster, a peacoat, or bomber. I can go and on!  San Francisco weather calls for layers in various degrees of warmth year round. Speaking of bombers, this oversized number (they didn’t have my size) in a knit scuba fabric drapes so beautifully it’s even better in the next size up.
I balanced all that volume with a straight-cut polka dot pencil skirt, it’s also fun to juxtapose a sporty piece with a more preppy, feminine one. The vintage Jil Sander boxy shirt is a great wardrobe staple and works really well with a higher waist.

The kitten heel booties with a western vibe are practically ancient, and very conveniently back in style. Despite  a very legitimate reason to purge your closets on the reg, sometimes it’s a good idea not to get rid of your certain pieces, and just wait for them to take their turn again in the spotlight.

The bling is an eclectic mix here. Unintentionally, I’ve echoed the skirt print with the multi-hoops earrings and the scroll motif of the bracelet. I’m especially taken with the wire bracelet. It’s so reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s work!
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Bomber: Ocelote / Shirt: vintage Jil Sander/ Skirt: Marni for H&M / Boots: old, no label / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: vintage Celine

 Earrings:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet and spike ring and snake ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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SLIPPING INTO FALL

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The slip dress is a constant in my wardrobe, I find it to be effortless, feminine, and never out of favor with the trends. And depending on fit and style it can skew sexy or sporty. This piece is a vintage slip, and look how modest it is! So it’s perfect for styling as a dress. The scalloping is a sweet touch, and of course my instinct is to always introduce an opposing element to keep things from looking predictable. Hence the choice of shoes is a chunky, bootie with a thick tread sole and tough zipper in the front.

I love a heavy cozy knit to ward of the unforgiving San Francisco winds! This longline forest green cardi is from local brand Wear Mahsa. Her knits are superb! I like the contrast between the slinky dress and the chunky sweater.

Let’s talk about the jewelry. I have been paying more attention to sterling lately. And have purchased some fantastic oversized 80s earrings from Israel. I’ve been rocking these long chunky “hammock” hoops with everything! With something this impactful you don’t need a lot of other jewelry. I just added another new find, a Southwestern butterfly ring inlaid with semiprecious stones. Love the playful motif, (and in Native American symbology butterflies are a symbol of piece and transformation), and that it takes up so much real estate on my hand (it’s like three rings in one!).
XX Sasha

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Cardigan: Wear Mahsa, contact here / Slip: vintage / Boots:  Rag and Bone /
Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Scabby Robot, custom order

 Earrings and butterfly ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com | Jade rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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JUST JEANS AND A T-SHIRT

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

The jeans and tee formula does not have to be basic, not if you consider each piece carefully. First, start with a vintage pair of denim. Ah, lived-in denim. Is there anything that compares? These vintage Levi’s set the stage for a look that’s all about comfort and confidence. Then add an interesting tee–a close fitting knit with a cut-out design balances the well-worn denim.

I topped of  this look with another vintage fave, a Courréges duster that you’ve probably noticed me sporting before, (here and here) if you’ve spent any time on this blog.  It’s my go-to cover-up when I want something neutral, but with an inherent dose of cool.

The jewelry is understated, but not boring. I love Lucite not only for its ability to go with everything, but its Modernist vibe. It always looks fresh and playful!  Just like these ball drop earrings with gold detailing.

XO Sasha

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

Duster: vintage Courrèges / Top: Zara / Jeans: vintage Levi’s / Shoes:Sigerson Morrison /
Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Scabby Robot, similar here

 Earrings and bracelets: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com | Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography


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LATE SUMMER FLORALS

Floral maxi dress and moto jacket.

There are a few things I adore about this vintage maxi dress! All that fabric, just blows me away!! If I bought this dress new, the cost would be relatively hefty just based on the amount of fabric used here! And the black and cream flower print is seasonless. The shoulder pads would make a football player proud, They are massive and they are fabulous, and really whittle away the waist visually. Given the very 90s grunge floral print this dress really straddles the late 80s and early 90s. And as the icing on the cake, the label reads “American Angel”.

The oversized moto is perfect for infamous SF winds (are summers are notoriously chilly) and to temper all those yards of floral print.
I just added to a pair of black and white sun and moon earrings to soften the hard edge vibe of the biker jacket and cut-out heel Chelsea booties. The lunch box clutch is such a sartorial chameleon, I have yet to find a look it doesn’t go with!
XX Sasha

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Jacket: Acne / Dress: vintage / Boots: Alexander Wang /
Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Marie Turnor, here

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

Photography: Guseva Photo


 

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ALWAYS BOHO {SUMMER}

Sasha Maks Vintage flared jeans and embroidered top.

I love flared jeans in the summer! They allow me to play out all my sartorial boho fantasies. The style always invokes one of my most admired style icons of the 60s and 70s like–Jane Birkin. I found this pair of light washed denim a year or two back at H&M and the hight-waist and oversized front patch pockets have such an earthy appeal.

And nothing looks better with a wide bottom jean then a boho blouse. This embroidered number is from last year’s trip to Morelia, Mexico. In fact I’m going back to Mexico again this summer to explore Oaxaca this time. The area is renowned for their textiles and weaving techniques, and I’m excited to see what I will find there!

All I need here is a strong hoop. And these chunky, ornate open-work earrings have just the right gypset vibe. And why not add a whimsical sun, moon, and stars link bracelet? This one goes with everything!

To shop similar statement jewelry pieces stop by this Thursday at A Summers Night Shoppping Event at Superga SF. I’ll be there with Salt and Soul (you have seen me sport the new e-boutique’s perfect summer bags and sunnies here and here).  Please RSVP here. We hope to you there!
XX Sasha

Sasha Maks Vintage flared jeans and embroidered top. Sasha Maks Vintage flared jeans and embroidered top. Sasha Maks Vintage flared jeans and embroidered top. Sasha Maks Vintage flared jeans and embroidered top. Sasha Maks Vintage flared jeans and embroidered top.

Jacket: vintage YSL / Top: from Morelia, Mexico / Jeans: H&M / Shoes: Topshop /
Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: Scabby Robot, similar here, (contact them to order the WOC pictured here.)

 Earrings and ring: personal collection | Bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Guseva Photo

 

 

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