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COURRÉGES MEETS JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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Is it just me or does everyone else have an easier time finding outerwear then anything any other article of clothing? I recently bought this Courrèges coat from around the 90s. I was looking for a Max Mara, robe style camel coat. But I could not pass up this oversized style with a chic plaid lining! All that volume is ideal for layering and the Nehru collar speak to the French house’s 60s heritage.

The generous cut allows me to wear my fave extra chunky mohair V-neck sweater. But, I wanted to balance out all this fabric with a something more form-fitting. And this Jean Paul Gaultier/Soleil vintage 90s mesh ruched skirt (another recent find) fits the task perfectly. The whimsical print and the body conscious silhouette break up the more sober mood of the rest of the outfit.

Another great way to shake up stagnant winter dressing is of course having fun with your jewelry (did you really think I was going to say anything else??)!!  Cue the Moschino Stop/Go pedant earrings. They make me chuckle every time I look at them (and they where sold at my last Valentine’s Day Pop Up, sorry).
Also, don’t forget to pile on the rings! I recently bought a nice little collection of 70s brass and enamel rings and they proved a hit at that same Pop Up. I love the earthy palette and abstract motifs, and they proved to be surprisingly easy to mix and match with other rings in my collection.
XO Sasha

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Coat: vintage Courrege, similar here and here, and here / Sweater: Cos, similar here and here / Skirt: vintage Jean Paul Gaultier/Sol, similar here and here, and here / Bag: Scabby Robot, here, similar here and here / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff, similar here, and here
/ Sunglasses: vintage Betsey Johnson, similar here and here

Earrings, Moshino, sold / Rings left hand: enamel an brass 70s bands, all personal collection / Rings, right hand: middle finger, personal collection;contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com; ring finger striped ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com

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FALL FOR A BOHO MAXI

Boho dress and camel jacket.

I love a good maxi boho dress! All that beautifully printed fabric and a voluminous silhouette convey a laid back, global vibe. So just because we’re in the midst of October, I’m not ready to give up on my boho dresses yet, especially when it involves an  extra billowy sleeve, empire waist Indian dress from the 80s!

And since SF’s  fall weather, right now, is veering from high 60s to high 70s there will be plenty of opportunities to rock this number. To make a summer dress  transition into fall top it off with a classic wool blazer or coat and tough chunky booties (love that this trend is not only going strong but the boots are getting chunkier and chunkier!).

I didn’t want to the obvious thing and style this look with an equally bohemian style earring. The Dior safety pin drop shoulder-dusters are edgy in a very subtle and the amber drops are the just right touch of earthy.
XO Sasha

Boho dress and camel jacket. Boho dress and camel jacket. Boho dress and camel jacket. Boho dress and camel jacket.

Boho dress and camel jacket.

 Jacket: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here /Dress: vintage similar here and here / Bag: vintage Prada, similar here and here / Shoes: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: vintage Betsey Jonson, similar here and here

Earrings, vintage Christian Dior, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings: Chanel ring and Cacharel charm bracelet.  personal collection / Other rings, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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SLIPPING INTO SUMMER IN THE FALL

Slip dress and militaru boots.

SF summer is here and it’s a hot one!! And while I’m not a big fan of temps that go up to into the 90s, I’m a big fan slip dresses. Thankfully we have had some days that went back to the mid 60s and it gave me an opportunity to introduce a pair of “newish”  boots that I cannot wait to rock for the rest of the fall and winter!

But a pair of military, lace-up boots like these are ideal to pair with a more dainty dress.  I got a little too much sun on my arms lately, so the long sleeve mesh tee serves as sun protection and also makes this dress a little bit easier to wear if going to work and not the beach.
Now my fave part of this look (although I always get a kick out of the poppy print of this dress, that’s a bit less expected then the ubiquitous leopard print), are the gorgeous, whimsical, “Hand Eye Heart” earrings! How surreal chic are these! Not to mention they add just a touch of color the to the monochromatic look.
I will be listing these 90s beauties soon, but you can email me, info@sashamaksvintage.com, with inquiries.
XO Sasha

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Slip dress and militaru boots.

Dress: vintage Prada, similar here and here, here | Top: old Zara, similar here and here / Bag: vintage Miu Miu, similar here and here / Shoes: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: vintage, similar here and here

Earrings, Christian Lacroox, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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{VINTAGE) COAT WEATHER

Winter coat and otk boots.

One  thing my wardrobe is not really missing is the array of outwear (although I’m still looking for the ideal camel coat!). And I prefer to find this category by buying vintage. For two very good reasons. The price points are much better as well as the quality of what you can find. It doesn’t have to be a collectible designer name either! This classic coat is a newer find. And it’s  a current fave! I love the long line, the classic silhouette, and the color that sits somewhere between dark grey and blue.

It’s a warm, heavy piece and thus affords the ability to forgo too many layers (but I do rely on some Heatech camisoles.). Another good vintage piece is this navy dress (that I’ve had forever) with a Gumps label. It’s an elegant, simple cut in a subtly pleated fabric, and easy to style dressed up or more casual.

And I love a good thigh high boot! In this particularly bone chilling weather they really come through as much needed layer that also packs plenty of attitude.

I’ve styled this monochromatic look with two longer necklaces. You may have noticed that I prefer my chains chunky! But I love how slender chain (sterling, from Italy) compliments the heftier piece.
XO SASHA

Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots. Winter coat and otk boots.

Coat: vintage/ Dress: vintage I.Magnin  / Bag: vintage Celine  / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff/

Chunky chain necklace contact sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Chain necklace: personal collection / Earrings: K.J.L / Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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BOMBER MEETS RUFFLES

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

This look captures one of my most practiced outfit formulas–take a masculine piece, in this case a new bomber (how good are the wool  sleeves?!) and add a lingerie inspired skirt (one of my fave finds from a recent trip to Oaxaca) and you get a balanced look with pieces from the opposite sides of the spectrum.

The delicate ruffles will be ideal with a wispy cami on a hot summer day, but why wait for another six months to rock a sweet piece like that, when it can be paired unexpectedly with a utilitarian nylon bomber? And the otk boots are ideal here, as they serve a most necessary layer under a featherweight skirt in the biting SF winter.

I’m also not reserving this vintage, rhinestone adorned clasp evening bag for night time soirees only (I made sure my iPhone fits before snapping it up!). The more you can make all your pieces work for you all year round and all hours of they day the better!

And don’t save those OTT earrings either. NYE parties may have come and gone but that glitzy vibe can be yours all year round day and night. Just remember to temper something overtly feminine with something masculine.
XO Sasha

Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt. Bomber and ruffle skirt.

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

Bomber and ruffle skirt.

 

Jacket: Rag & Bone / Sweater: Cos / Skirt: Dosa, here / Bag: vintage  / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff

Earrings: St. John, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Sapphire rhinestone ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ch. Dior ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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SLIP ON A SKIRT + GIFTS AND GLAM HOLIDAY EVENT

Slip skirt and western booties.

I have a weakness for slip dresses, and when the slip skirt became a big trend recently (here and here,) I was on the lookout for a vintage version. And I was lucky to find this devoré  bias-cut skirt in a vintage shop. The cut is super elegant and the skirt can be dressed up or down easily. I love wearing a piece like that on a casual day. The dressy fabric contrasts nicely with a chunky, practical knit.

Another big trend I’m having fun with is the western boot one! These mules, with a gorg two-toned snake embossed pattern and studs are surprisingly versatile. They have all the attitude you want in a bootie/mule hybrid.

Speaking of attitude,  the easiest way to bring some drama to a look is with statement baubles. These latest finds are a true shoulder duster length! And you can shop them and the other finds I’ve acquired recently at the Gifts
and Glam Holiday Event next Wednesday. I’ll be popping up at Superga with a very talented San Francisco designer Mahsa of Wear Mahsa. A portion of sales will be donated to the Oroville Hope Center, which is collecting new shoes for Butte County Fire victims.

Grab a friend and  join us next week to shop an give! RSVP here.
XO Sasha

Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties. Slip skirt and western booties.

Coat: Isabel Marant Etoile  / Sweaters: Cos / Skirt: Vintage / Bag: Simona  / Shoes: Sigerson Morisson, here

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

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography
Editing: Guseva Photo

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THE LAYERING GAME

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A slip dress is a girl’s best friend, at least this girl’s. I will never stop singing the praises of a slip dress! And to wear them at every opportunity available, even when the weather is cooling off. And the easiest way to do that is to layer a silky slip dress over a tissue thin turtleneck. But if you have a slip dress that’s a looser fit (like this almost vintage Prada one here), you can choose a more medium weight.

When layering, I prefer the keep the color story tonal. Since the look is already busy, it gains from a more limited palette. For jewelry I chose a new pair of hoops (that have already sold), and one of my fave motifs in jewelry, a panther bracelet (sold as well). But, I’m I’m always on the lookout for this classic style so follow me on IG or sign-up for the newsletter, to snag one for yourself.
XO Sasha

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Trench coat: Chaiken sample /Dress: vintage Gucci /  Mock T-neck: Cos  / Bag: vintage Celine / Shoes: Martha Davis

Earrings: sold / Panther bracelet: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bangle bracelets: personal collection /  Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography
Editing: Guseva Photo

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FALL UNIFORM

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Aaah, the power of uniform dressing! While I find myself often obsessing over every aspect of a look, a uniform makes dressing every day so stress free. I’m sure I have mentioned before the importance of a good blazer or 10, not sure how many is too many?!) I wear one at every given opportunity–it just finishes off a look in a very polished way no matter what else you’re wearing. And for the rest of this outfit formula I chose a pair of cropped wide leg  chinos, they still have the casual vibe of a pair of jeans, but are just something a little different from the ubiquitous denim.
The vintage Issey Miayke blazer is one of those forever pieces, it’s perfectly oversized and its lack of any trendy details just lends itself to infinite combinations.
A billowing sleeve (one-shoulder will do nicely) shirt adds a sprinkling of drama. Speaking of which, how good are these leather trimmed hoops?! Love their Chanel vibe!. Snap them up here.
XO Sasha

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Jacket: vintage Issey Miayke / Shirt: Angel Grave / Pants: H&M / Booties: old, no label

Earrings: here / Bracelet: Whiting & Davis, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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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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