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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 hat won’t leave you freezing in the shade and wind.

This 70s maxi dress features a smocked bodice (where 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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GRANDPA TROUSERS AND A CARDI

Cardigan and grandpa pants.

Tired of staying at home, but also of wearing leggings, joggers or jeans when you step out for a grocery run or a quarantine walk? If you love menswear inspired pieces like I do, consider swapping out those everyday staples for a pair of classic trousers aka “grandpa pants”, you can read more about the trend here, and  here. The carrot fit is not unlike a pair of joggers, full in the hips with a tapered leg.
To show of the high waist and pleated front, tuck in your fave tank top–I prefer a high neck racerback style–into the classic trouser for a look that’s comfortable but polished.

A neutral palette conveys a sense of elegance. And that vibe is carried through with a chic gold chain necklace, this is a fave vermeil (gilt sterling) number from the 80s, made in Italy, the craftsmanship is noteworthy. And the domed organic button earrings, perhaps a take on the pashmina motif (?) add a touch of whimsy and femininity.

I thought a timeless loafer was more then appropriate here, I think grandpa would approve. I went with a black shoe to ground the predominately cream color scheme. The lunch box clutch is chic but casual.
XO Sasha

Cardigan and grandpa pants. Cardigan and grandpa pants. Cardigan and grandpa pants. Cardigan and grandpa pants. Cardigan and grandpa pants.

Cardigan: Evan Picone, thrifted , similar here and here / Tank top Cos, similar here, and here / Pants: vintage, similar here and here / Shoes: Gucci here, similar here and here /
/ Bag: Marie Turnor,  here, similar here and here

Earrings:  1980s, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Necklace: vermeil chain, Italy 1980s, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ring right hand: Ch.Dior, personal collection; left hand, enamel ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, Chanel star ring: personal collection

 

 

 

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{CROPPED} BLAZER WITH JEANS

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Spring is here, so I’m breaking out my turtleneck and chunky blazer, jk. But not really. Since San Francisco temps are mostly in the low 60s and with high winds it gets pretty chilly. So while I’m eager to wear my summer dresses,  peasant blouses, and sandals, I have to rely on a more weather appropriate outfits.

And the hero piece of this look is the vintage bouclé cropped Dior jacket–one of my most treasured finds!  The reason I rely so heavily on blazers, which are a pretty formal item, is the ability of suiting to easily elevate a laid-back look. While I’m obsessed with the oversized trend, it’s good to change things up and play with silhouettes to keep things fresh. Cropped blazers are popping up on the runways and all over our IG feeds s evidenced by Fall 2020 runways at Eckhaus Latta and Rotate Birger Christensen and they pair seamlessly with a high-waist.

I kept the palette neutral here, it reads as casually luxe, and all those neutrals are working hard in our closets to make dressing effortless. And neutrals need not to be boring if there’s a variation on texture, weight, and tone of fabric.

As far as the jewelry, I kept it to a few key pieces. I have been reaching for large earrings for some time, and lately have found them to be my signature Zoom meetings accessory, whether styling clients or joining friends for happy hours.
And these fierce and bold classic lion head earrings will definitely stand out on the computer screen! These also look expensive, but are stamped metal (hence pretty affordable) and very light weight, so you can rock them all day in comfort. Do these remind of an iconic 20th century fashion designer who was a Leo and hence obsessed with the regal lion motif? I know you know, I’m talking about none other than Chanel. They won’t set you back as much as Coco’s famous jewelry, but they will provide the same effect of classic style and elegance.
And I wanted to continue with the muted palette by wearing the carved resin black and white Givenchy bangle, no need to layer with a piece this impactful. If you’re interested in the earrings or bracelet, email info@sashasmaksvintage.om and follow me on Instagram @sasha_m_vintage, where you can shop my collection as well.

This bucket bag by Simona,has bee out of rotation for a long time for no reason at all, I like how its diamond weave inter-plays with the of the blazer. I bought in Mexico City, check out the brand here, they have a beautifully made modern bohemian collection.

Hope everyone is doing well and I cannot wait till the end of the month which hopefully will bring us all closer to reinstating our old lives or some version of them!
XO Sasha
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Blazer: vintage Christian Dior, similar here and here / Turtleneck: Cos, similar here, and here / Jeans: Vetements, similar here and here / Shoes: Tibi, similar here and here /
Sunglasses: vintage Gucci, similar here and here /Bag: Simona, similar here and here

Earrings: Lion gold-tone earrings, 1980s, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /
Bracelet: Givenchy, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ring: Ch.Dior, personal collection

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{DARK} SPRING FLORALS AND LAYERS

Camel blazer and maxi floral skirt.

My IG feed is filled with bloggers showing off their most spring worthy floral print dresses. The prints are bold and the colors are vivid, and they are an instant mood booster! And I’m jonesing to bring out my fave numbers that I can wear to wait in line for Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target.

I pretty much buy all my spring/summer dresses vintage and one of my faves is this late 80s, early 90s dark floral maxi dress with yards of pleated skirt fabric. One my often used styling tricks is wearing a dress as a skirt. In this case I layered a  chunky fisherman’s sweater. All that fabric needed to be balanced by a thick knit and San Francisco’s spring weather is infamously fickle, and I would rather take layers off then walk around pissed at myself for trusting what my iPhone thinks the weather is.

The camel blazer is one of my most reached for pieces when the weather warms up. And I strategically bought it 3 sizes too big. First of all, I like the oversized esthetic and secondly I wanted to make sure I could layer under it without restrictions. Sometimes trends can serve a higher purpose and are as functional as they are fashionable.
Both the sweater and blazer are wardrobe staples, they are neutral and classic and are trend-immune. On their own they may seem pretty basic and they are, but as you know it’s all  in the styling, and pieces like that will ground any statement items you want to rock.Since necklaces are harder to pull with heavy sweaters situations, I opted for a substantial hoops, which are actually metallized resin and thankfully weigh nothing! And I’m pretty pleased with how versatile the 70s enamel rings turned out to be. In fact, they are perfectly suited for complimenting gemstone solitaires.
Hope everyone is doing well!!
XO Sasha

Camel blazer and maxi floral skirt.
Camel blazer and maxi floral skirt.
Camel blazer and maxi floral skirt. Camel blazer and maxi floral skirt.

Blazer: Rag & Bone, similar here and here / Sweater: Faithful the Brand, similar here, and here / Dress: vintage, American Angel, similar here and here / Boots: Rag & Bone , similar here, here /
Sunglasses: vintage, similar here and here /Bag: vintage Prada, similar here and here.

Earrings: metallized resin / Right hand: enamel ring,  and gold and lemon quartz ring, personal collection  Left hand,  striped enamel ring, vermeil amethyst ring, personal collection

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