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RUST, TEAL, AND GOLD


Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
The gorgeous rust silk charmeuse dress is from Amour Vert,  (a brand of sustainable, locally made effortless wardrobe staples with stores in San Francisco and Palo Alto) the fabric is its’ most distinctive feature and I picked it up in a large to really show off it’s flowing lines.
To underscores the dress’s fluidity and contrast the gleaming fabric, I  paired it with a structured, minimalist, cotton blazer in a distinctive teal. I love how these two colors compliment each other!

The simple lines of these garments call for high-impact jewels in rich gold-tone, I chose oversized leaf earrings by the master jeweler Robert Goossens (he designed for Chanel in the 60s), and a mariner style chain necklace, (three chains that can be connected together or worn separately.  A dainty shoe would not due with this look, the, tall,  chunky heel bootie, balances the volume of the dress and the strong lines of the blazer, another good option would be a thick soled white sneaker.

I was able to pull of this look on one of the warmer days of the week, but if the weather was cooler, I could have easily worn the same pieces just with a few strategic layers. I’d style the dress over a thin wool turtleneck in a neutral like black or grey, and tights or, straight leg or cropped skinny jeans.
XO Sasha

Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.
Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer. Spring uniform: rust dress and teal blazer.

Blazer: Negarin London / Dres: Amour Vert / Shoes: Costume National / Bag: Vintage Celine

Earrings: Robert Goossens, here / Necklaces: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Rings: personal collection


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EDGY SPRING LAYERS: DRESS OVER PANTS

How to wear: dress over shirt dress.

Here’s another dress over pants iteration. You know I’m really into this  sartorial trick,  (see my post from a few weeks ago here). The weather has been really schizophrenic lately,  lurching from low 60s with biting winds to gorge sunny days in the 70s. I’ve been wanting to reach for easy to thrown on shirt dresses, but on chillier days I need to add some layers that also gives me the opportunity to wear summer clothes now.

The tissue thin wool turtleneck is from Cos, (I always sing praises for this brand to my clients, they are a treasure trove of minimalist, fashion-forward wardrobe staples and accessories) and it’s the perfect weight to wear under a breezy, cotton shirt dress whose roomy proportions are balanced out by Vetements’ coat exaggerated  shoulder line.

To contrast the matte texture of the cotton dress, I chose faux leather trousers, (still looking for leather pants to replace these, but for now these Zara ones will do nicely). This dress is very roomy and easy to layer with, but a more streamlined pant style, without pleats and pockets is always the way to go with this styling choice.

This is  a pretty minimalist look and I kept the jewelry understated. I’m rocking mismatched earrings, a high dome cabochon earring in white glass from YSL and blonde wood earring, both are sculptural, and I like how their opposite textures play off each other, and the whimsical twist they add to the look.

Which trends will you be sporting for spring?
XO Sasha

How to wear: dress over shirt dress.
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Coat: Vetements/ Turtleneck: Cos / Dress: vintage Ann Taylor / Pants: Zara / Shoes: Zara / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

Earring: Christian Dior, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com / Wood earrings: personal collection / Rings: personal collection


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SPRING LAYERS

How to layer two coats for spring.
San Francisco weather is infamously unpredictable, and while we’ll be enjoying gorge summer days in the spring (and I’m tempted to store away my sweaters), the weather will inevitably drop back to chilly.  And for those days I’ll be layering in outfits like these. Forget heavy coats, and keep toasty with thin blazers, sweaters, and dusters already in your closet.
Piling on layers can be tricky, but there’s no reason to sacrifice style if you choose lightweight fabrics. I’ve doubled up on coats here, by pairing a thin long knit cardi with a light as a feather duster. The pants are gauze, and I cannot wait to wear them in the summer! They are perfect here since they don’t add any bulk under the layers.
The neutral palette called for a pop of color with a s dusty purple bag and a statement pump in a leopard print. The titanium shoulder duster is dead stock from the 80s, I love how each organic drop moves in the wind.
How do you layer for spring? Please comment below.
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Duster: Vintage Courreges/ Knit jacket:Vintage Krizia / Sweater: Cos / Pants: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Rebecca  Minkoff

Earring:  Sasha Maks Vintage, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com / Chunky Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Panther link bracelet: personal collection /  Rings: personal collection

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MOTO AND SKINNIES

Moto and skinnies.
It  always looks and feels badass, goes with everything and is a wardrobe classic. Of course, I’m talking about the moto jacket. Sometimes you just want to  fall back on the basics, put aside the trends and rock your fave pieces without having to reinvent the wheel.

I got this faux leather version a couple of years back at Zara. They got the texture just right and this piece can easily pass for the real thing. As much as I have avoided wearing or buying skinny jeans, they felt just perfect for this look and contrast well with the chunkier jacket and lugs sole Chelsea boots.

To break up the darker palette, I chose a multi-colored  striped sweater with metallic accents.
Speaking of stripes, for bling, I added a chunky gold-tone and enamel mariner style chain, the necklace is convertible and all three choker length pieces can be connected to create two more different lengths. The comma earrings are wood and from the 80s (they seem to magically go with everything). This look needed something organic to break up all the edginess.

And last but not least, are the chunky faux leaher Chelsea booties. They look like Doc Martens, but I picked them up from Zara (yes I’m addicted to their shoes!) a couple of months back. Bought them as rain boots when it was pouring for weeks on end. And they are one of my fave booties right now. They look like patent leather and the dark burgundy is divine.

How do you rock our moto or another fave wardrobe staple? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

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Moto and skinnies. Moto and skinnies.

Moto and skinnies.

Jacket: Zara / Sweater: Marc Marc Jacobs / Jeans: Rebecca Minkoff / Shoes: Zara / Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com / Necklace: Sasha Maks Vintage,  here / Rings: personal collection

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Layering Trick: Dress-Over-Pants

How to wear: Dress over pants.
Do I need an excuse to wear dress-over-pants look? Clearly not! See how I styled this versatile look, here, here, and here. Not only does styling trick add a still much needed extra layer, but creates more opportunities for fresh looks form pieces already in my closet. And it solves many styling conundrums–like how to wear a see-through dress, a too short dress, a dress with a slit up to there.

The  Modish mini is from the Phillip Lim x H&M collab from a few years back. The jeans are a new addition from H&M. I love how flattering the cropped flare is, as it exposes the thinnest part of the ankle, (I can’t wait to wear  these with with sandals in the summer!), and the tension between the  mismatched, frayed hem and the geometry of the dress.
I must admit this is my first pair of white shoes, (scored these at Zara), and I’m a convert! Never considered them flattering before, but they just look so fresh and chic now.
For jewelry I went with a some of my fave 80s earrings, that seems to go with any kind of look. The organic diamond shape with a cut-out is very sculptural, and for the rest I added pieces that are as distinct as the earrings–a chunky link bracelet, a spike ring, and an oversized cameo ring (a family heirloom, that was originally a brooch).

What are some of your best layering tricks?
XO Sasha

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Coat: Maje / Dress: Phillip Lim for H&M/ Top: COS / Bag : vintage Celine/ Shoes: Zara/ Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com /Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage,  here / Rings: personal collection

 

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LBD, Sneaks, and Fishnets

How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets.

This little black polyester dress, is from the 70s and belonged to a Vegas showgirl, and the other cool thing about is the dickey (the ruffled detachable collar). I thought I’d give it a spin during the day by pairing it with another worthy vintage find, the pre-WW ll denim jacket you have seen me sport on these pages before, here and here, and here (once with the same earrings). And to add a bit of naughty glam, fishnets seemed like the logical choice here (that at this moment seem to go with everything), as apparently do sneakers. And what could be better then high-tops with a the iconic Missoni zig zag pattern?

A note on fishnet tights, the fine mesh ones are definitely on the tamer side and an easier way to pull off the trend, if you’re hesitant. I think I prefer them in the less overtly sexy territory. Hence, I’d choose to wear them with an androgynous or sporty shoe, layer  under distressed jeans, or just peaking out between flat otk boots and a tunic. And  I just ordered fishnet ankle socks (here and here), and can’t wait to try them with booties and ballet flats!

I adore these black glass cameo shoulder dusters, from the 40s. And prefer to pair them with a more casual fabrics rather then more elevated ones, the contrast is more intriguing.
Let me know  if and how you rock your fishnets in the comments.
XO Sasha

How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets.
How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets. How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets. How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets. How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets. How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets. How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets. How to wear: lbd, sneakers and fishnets.
Jacket: Vintage / Dress: Vintage / Bag : See by Chloe / Sneakers: Converse x Missoni / Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage, here
Rhinestone Bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage,  here / Link bracelet: Givenchy, contact, info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ring: personal collection

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STRIPES AND DOTS

Mixing prints: Stripes and dots.
Finally the weather has been warming up and it’s nice to be able to ditch the coats, jackets, and layers and just throw on a sweater and go!
Mixing prints always adds a cool dimension to a look, and stripes and dots are a veritable classic combination. Here, I’m wearing my fave skirt from the Marni and H&M collab, and speaking of fast fashion and major designer collabs, there’s one coming our way April 9th, Victoria Beckham for  Target.

The camel sweater is from my go-to place for wardrobe staples – COS. I love the peachy beige and how it grounds the large, graphic pattern of the skirt. You have probably heard that the trick to mixing prints is to make sure there’s a different scale to the patterns to maintain visual balance. Here the stripes and dots are relatively the same scale, but the dots are more dense then the stripes, and since only a portion of the top is visible the mixed print trend here is pretty easy to achieve.
To compliment these classic prints, I chose a pair of lion head button earrings from the ’80s. The lion was a popular motif  of Coco Chanel’s jewelry, (who was a Leo),  and has been currently  seen all over the Gucci runways. A glass cabochon link bracelet (a nod to the skirt’s pattern) and domed rings polish off the look.
XO Sasha

Mixing prints: Stripes and dots. Mixing prints: Stripes and dots. Mixing prints: Stripes and dots. Mixing prints: Stripes and dots. Mixing prints: Stripes and dots.

Top: Zara / Sweater: COS / Skirt: Marni for H&M / Shoes: Topshop /Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage
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{Opulent} Boho Spring

Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
My heart skipped a beat when I first saw this dress at Closet 1951! I have a weakness for statement boho dresses, and this one delivered on every count.
It possesses all the typical things this genre of dress has–it’s maxi, flowy, with bishop sleeves, in a delicate, lacy paisley print, but wait, there’s more! This one boasts a open back with an attached shawl cape. And I love the earthy palette! This is a lot of dress and the almond and black tones really ground it.
Fun fashion fact: the dress is by Louis Féraud, who designed for film for such French style icons as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve!

I had to go with gold here, and chose oversized drop earrings, with a whirl design that gives them a sense of movement echoing the intricate swirls of the paisley motif. The chunky bracelet, is actually a necklace I wrapped twice. The round profile of the chain really pops.

I chose a minaudiere by R&Y Agousti, a company known for creating accessories and furniture from natural and exotic materials. The rigid clutch counters the drapey lines of the dress, and the inlays of shagreen and ostrich leg framed in bronze add a touch of whimsy.
XO Sasha

Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.
Boho gown and Sasha Maks Vintage statement earrings.

Dress: Louis Feraud / Bag: R&Y Agousti / Shoes: Dries Van Noten
c/o Closet 1951

Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage, here /  Necklace worn as bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage, here  / Rings: personal collection
Photography by  Jennymay Villarete

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Must-Have: Shearling For Spring

Shearling jacket and Celine Luggage tote.
High on my list of essentials is a shearling jacket. I’m always on the lookout for a vintage one, but so far the ones I have come across have been too bulky. So unless I’m willing to spend an arm and a leg, or go the faux shearling path, (this one from Topshop is a dream!), the way to go is consignment. And I spotted this luxe version by Mugler at my regular haunt, Closet 1951. And while it’s still the chilly part of spring, I think this is the perfect cozy and chic cove-up. I tempered the 70s vibe with a classic tapered trouser and this wool turtleneck in neutral tones.  I really like how the slouchy jacket (it’s a size too big, but I like it a bit oversized) contrasts with the proper trouser and and prim turtleneck.

For a pop of color that still coordinates with the rest of the look, I chose a color block Celine Luggage tote, (talk about an investment piece!) The color blocking echoes the slingback bootie with its contrasting trim and red insole nicely.

For jewelry, I chose  a pendant daisy necklace by Trifari in Bakelite, usually the Bakelite jewelry you find is from the 30s and 40s, but this flower power necklace is from the 60s or 70s (it’s very reminiscent of the Lucite Lanvin geometric pendants from the same era). I added a pair of milky white earrings by YSL from the 80s. The opaque glass and the high cabochon design really make them stand out.

What’s your favorite outerwear for early spring?
XO Sasha

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Jacket: Mugler /Pants: Theory / Shoes: Dries Van Noten / Bag: Celine
All care of Closet 1951

Sweater: COS
Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Earrings:  YSL, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Rings: personal collection

Photography by  Jennymay Villarete

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