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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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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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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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THE {STATEMENT} SUMMER MAXI

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To say that have been jonesing for gauzy, flowy summer dresses would be an understatement! And luckily I was able to pick up several at a couple of my fave vintage stores in the Haight like Relic and Static.  The only downside is  San Francisco’s faux summer. It’s not only in the low 60s, but the winds are unforgiving. But I’m undeterred! The solution when living in SF and the Bay Area is to layer.
The forest green longline cardigan is from Wear Mahsa, it’s chic and weighty and the perfect topper for my 70s smocked maxi dress. The first thing that drew me to the dress was the fantastic sunflower print! And of course the smocked bodice is another stand out feature. It really accentuates the torso and creates a cool optical effect with the oversized print.

Gorgeous earrings are guaranteed to elevate a casual summer maxi dress. I love the swirl pattern design it meshes perfectly with the floral print! You can shop these beauties online, and one of the best things about them they are practically weightless.
I’m also wearing a couple of new rings, a large stone ring  from Israel and a scarab (a beetle that’s a good luck symbol) faience ring most likely from Egypt. These are definitely staying in my personal collection!

This cool “lunch bag” is by French designer Marie Turnor, from Big Lives, that I won in an IG contest!!  The leather is so supple and I can see myself wearing it with everything.  And these rose gold flatforms from Zara, are still one of my best shoe buys. Who can resist the and sporty mash up?
XO Sasha

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Cardigan: contact Wear Mahsa / Dress: vintage / Bag: Marie Turnor, here /Shoes: Zara / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci, similar here

 Earrings: here /Rings: personal collection

Photography: Guseva Photo


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SHEER BLACK AND VINTAGE DENIM

Sheer black dress over vintage jeans.
How to elevate a vintage pair of rugged jeans? Just throw on a sheer maxi dress and wear it as a duster. I love to see these two opposing textures of the denim and chiffon mingle! And this is such an easy look to put together, and it combines my favorite formula for an outfit–comfort mixed with glam.

A sheer dress like this has endless possibilities. My favorite way to style is to incorporate is as a layer. I have worn it as a shirt under a maxi taffeta tulip skirt, and again as a duster over a short slip dress.  And a sheer dress like this serves another important purpose, you can wear something more provocative underneath and feel less exposed with a sheer layer on top.

To complete this look, I accessorized with a very Chanel-esque pair of double drop earrings, and a slouchy, statement satchel in a delicious raspberry hue. A pair of  star print high-tops are a logical choice to lend a cool edge.
XO Sasha
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Sheer black dress over vintage jeans. Sheer black dress over vintage jeans. Sheer black dress over vintage jeans.

 

Top:  / Dress: The Factory / Jeans: vintage Levi’s / Sneakers: Golden Goose, contact Close 1951 / Bag: Proenza Schouler, c/o Closet 1951

Earrings: here / Wide band ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ring with rhinestones: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Studded ring: personal collection

Photography: Katherine JC Photography

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RETRO SUMMER: MAXI AND HOODED JACKET

Maxi dress and fishnet socks
I found the perfect topper for one of my fave vintage dresses from the 80s, in the back of my closet. I don’t wear this cropped hooded jacket much (not sure why, it’s so sweet and has a lining that matches the print!), but it’s an ideal piece  for the maxi dress to create a tonal look.

The platform metallic sandals are a recent find from Zara (I bought them for this dress that I wore for a wine country day trip on my birthday in May). The rose gold straps drew me immediately, how cool is the construction of the wood veneer heel (shades of mid-century modern design) punctuated with a track heel! I wanted to style  these sandals with socks, and these beige fishnets compliment the color perfectly and the net design plays off the striations of the wood patterns.

I chose some bold jewelry in Lucite to compliment this look. The shoulder duster drop earrings from the 80s are inset with glass stones (shoot me an email if you’re interested in these), and the wraparound faceted bead bracelet (no longer available) adds a fun pop of color.
XO Sasha

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 Jacket: Vintage / Dress: Vintage / Shoes: Zara, here / Socks: Asos

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: personal collection / Bracelet: sold

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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VINTAGE SUMMER: DRESS AND DUSTER

Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress.

I think this outfit is going to be in heavy rotation this summer. And what I love most about it is that besides the sneaks, all the pieces in this look are vintage. As you’ve probably noticed a great deal of my wardrobe is vintage, especially the outerwear. This is one the most easiest categories to shop in vintage. It’s amazing what you kind find for the fraction of the price!

The dress is from the 90s (picked up at Wallflower in the Mission) and the Courréges duster is from the the 60s, in the mix is jewelry from various periods including a family heirloom cameo ring (a former brooch). Although, I often buy new clothing as well, nothing is as satisfying as putting together a truly unique look from pieces from decades past. No chance of spotting most of these pieces on anyone else.

I love the large dark floral print on the sneakers! They really update the whole look and give the feminine outfit a fresh perspective. The midi length (I toyed with the idea of hemming it, but decided it’s perfect as is) of the dress calls for a heel, but that would be too obvious, and the flatform sole adds the needed height.

What is your go-to  summer uniform? Please let me know in the comments.
XO Sasha

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Vintage Courreges duster and floral midi dress.
Duster: vintage Courreges/ Dress: vintage / Shoes: Dolce Vita

Earrings: Oscar de La Renta / Bracelet: info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Ring: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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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

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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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

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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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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