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(UPCYCLED) PATENT VEST + SLIT PANT

Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.I have been eyeing the vest trend since its strong showing on the Spring 2020 runways. From knit vests, pinstripe suit vests, to vest jackets, blazers, and coats the versatility of this garment is impressive, and its perfect for all seasons! But instead of going out and buying one, although I’m on the lookout for cozy cashmere version, I decided to upcycle a jacket  from my closet with UV damaged knit sleeves and turn it into a vest. The patent leather was just too good to waste! And I want to get as much wear as I can out of this piece, especially as the our lifestyles in the midst of corona virus have made us rethink our shopping habits and adopt an even more timeless and multi-functional wardrobe.

This look is pretty classic and I love how the patent leather lends an edge to an elegant pleated top and a pair of black trousers. Note how the pant slit mimics the exposed sleeve. These pants I’ve had a for several years. Basic black trousers are closet essential, the slit definitely elevates them and it’s another detail that has been trending lately, albeit the slit is in the front in the latest iteration.

Of course I’m a big fan of the chain link necklace. Its popularity has exploded lately, but regardless of the latest runway or street style trends this type of evergreen piece is a jewelry wardrobe must. This cable link chain is vermeil (gilt sterling) from the 80s, made in Italy, with a rope twist outlining each link.

A minimalist, neutral clutch completes the look, but doesn’t compete with any other aspects of the outfit. And I didn’t neglect the finishing touch of a pair of small triangular gold and rhinestone earrings to add a sophisticated touch of sparkle.
XO
Sasha
Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.

Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.Patent leather vest jacket and slit pant.

Vest: Marnie x H&M, similar here and here / Top: Please Pleats, similar here, and here
/ Pants: Cos, similar here and here / Shoes: Gucci, similar here and here /
Bag: Ohja, here and here

Earrings:  contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Necklace: Vermeil sterling chain, contact info@sashamakvintage.com/ Ring: Enamel and brass band, 1970s, here⁣, contact info@sashamakvintage.com/ Christian Dior ring, personal collection

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HOUNDSTOOTH WITH A POP OF SILVER

Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.

I love a classic print, especially one with such a fascinating pedigree as the houndstooth! This abstracted checkerboard pattern made it’s way from Scottish sheep herders in the 1800s to a symbol of aristocratic wealth in the 1930s when adopted by Edward the VII Duke of Windsor.

With its masculine vibes and county club chic this boxy blazer is one of my oft reached for jackets, and I wanted to build a head-to-toe tonal around it. If you carefully follow the trends  the color of the moment is camel, but my advice is to use what you have in your closet. And luckily I had a pair of (almost) vintage gray pants (note the low waist and full break) and a light gray cozy tee to complete the look.
The generous cut will allow me to pair this blazer with chunky knits when the temps finally drop, but for now I’m loving how a slim, but slightly slouchy  long sleeve tee contrast with the oversized silhouette.
To liven up the neutral color scheme, I introduced a cool metallic with a pair of chunky heeled silver mules. I love how the pointy toes peek out from the full break pants, both of which elongate the leg. Classic Ferragamo Gancio earrings and an organic statement sterling ring finish of this this tonal look. And this understated palette is a great opportunity to pull out all the stops with an earthy, yet elegant Monies leather strand and ebony bracelet.
XO Sasha

Houndstooth blazer and silver mules. Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.
Houndstooth blazer and silver mules. Houndstooth blazer and silver mules. Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.

Houndstooth blazer and silver mules.

Blazer: thrifted no label, similar here and here / Tee: Rag & Bone, similar here, and here
/ Pants: Laundry by Shelli Segal, similar here, here and here / Shoes: Marc Fisher, similar here and here /
Bag: vintage Prada, similar here and here

Earrings: Ferragamo, contact info@sashamaksvintge.com / Ring: Sterling ring with semi-precious stones, 1970s, here⁣, contact info@sashamakvintage.com/ Other rings, personal collection

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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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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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