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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 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 pale blush sneakers will do very nicely as they 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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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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DUSTER AND RUFFLES

Trench coat and slip skirt

One of my fave summer uniforms is an easy fitted top and midi skirt combo. A mash-up different styles and decades add dimension to an easy summer outfit.

My fave vintage duster, while utilitarian in color and style, proves to be just the right cover up for a lingerie inspired silk skirt with an ethereal layered ruffle. The duster plainness is elevated by an A-line silhouette and voluminous sleeves (extra fabric in my book equals a more luxe garment).

The fitted ribbed knit top with cut-outs imparts a sportier vibe to the deshabille slip skirt. And everything gets grounded by chunky Western inspired snakeskin mules outlined in studs.The oversized tote is beautifully crafted from an hand tie-dyed fabric that echoes the skirt’s subtle blue tint on the tiered ruffle.

I wanted the earrings to skew more masculine for this look, since the rest of the accessories are not dainty. These geometric wedge shaped clips sprinkled with rhinestones have  an almost Modernist/Brutalist vibe.
XO Sasha

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

Duster: vintage Courrèges, similar here and here | Top: old Zara, similar here and here / Skirt, Dosa, here and similar here and here / Bag: from Oaxaca, similar here and here / Shoes: Sigerson Morrison, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: vintage, similar here and here

Earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings, snake ring sold; rhinestone pavé band, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com; other rings personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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LUXE CARGO

 

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Feeling in a style rut with your denim game? I love all the iterations of my jeans currently in my closet that wear on rotation, but sometimes no mater how loved a versatile wardrobe staple is you just need take a sartorial break from your object of desire. And that’s where the cargo pants come in!

The utility trend had a prominent presence on the Spring/Summer 19 runways (Fendi, Isabel Marant, Dries Van Noten), and is going strong with some street style influencers as well, here, here and here. And I’m fully on board with the 90s grunge staple!

I like to mix high and low, and the utility trend was made for this style mash-up. I have been practically living in this, also utilitarian, but luxe (recently thrifted) leather shirt. It looks equally good with a feminine ruffle, and obvi is the logical accompaniment to the cargo pant.

The neckline was made for a more delicate multi-chain waterfall necklace. And I had to add these Givenchy pearl drops (another big trend!). They look even more posh against the leather and military green on the pant.  And I love how the cheetah print oxfords break up the neutral palette.
XO Sasha

P.S.
Fancy the jewelry featured here? Email  info@sashamaksvintage.com for pricing and more images. The rings are part of my personal collection.

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 Jacket: vintage Issey Miayke, similar here and here | Leather top: vintage, no label, here, similar here  / Pants: H&M, similar here and here  and here /

Bag: here, vintage Prada, similar here and here / Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff, similar here, and here / Sunglasses: Prada, similar here and here

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

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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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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TRÈS SHEER AND BRODERIE ANGLAISE

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I’m taking advantage of a couple of warm days that have come around here and there and rocking a new sheer top from Cos and a skirt beautifully detailed with floral broderie anglaise embroidery from Anna Sui I’ve had for years. Almost sold this skirt once, luckily I came to my senses and kept this classic.

I love the delicate gauzy texture of the knit top and the intricate embroidery together, and the addition of silver metallic shoes introduces a new element–a sleek and futuristic vibe that takes the look into more sophisticated territory.

I mixed the genres of jewelry as well, contrasting an 80s glitzy necklace of rhinestone detailed beads (styled as a bracelet) and an enamel and rhinestone panther ring with Lucite Op Art style earrings.
XO Sasha

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Top: Cos / Skirt: Anne Sui /Mules: Andrew Marc / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: Marie Turnor, here

 Earrings:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet and spike ring and snake ring: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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BOMBER AND POLKA DOTS

Version 2 I’m always on the hunt for chic and practical outerwear options, be it a classic robe coat, a duster, a peacoat, or bomber. I can go and on!  San Francisco weather calls for layers in various degrees of warmth year round. Speaking of bombers, this oversized number (they didn’t have my size) in a knit scuba fabric drapes so beautifully it’s even better in the next size up.
I balanced all that volume with a straight-cut polka dot pencil skirt, it’s also fun to juxtapose a sporty piece with a more preppy, feminine one. The vintage Jil Sander boxy shirt is a great wardrobe staple and works really well with a higher waist.

The kitten heel booties with a western vibe are practically ancient, and very conveniently back in style. Despite  a very legitimate reason to purge your closets on the reg, sometimes it’s a good idea not to get rid of your certain pieces, and just wait for them to take their turn again in the spotlight.

The bling is an eclectic mix here. Unintentionally, I’ve echoed the skirt print with the multi-hoops earrings and the scroll motif of the bracelet. I’m especially taken with the wire bracelet. It’s so reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s work!
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Bomber: Ocelote / Shirt: vintage Jil Sander/ Skirt: Marni for H&M / Boots: old, no label / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: vintage Celine

 Earrings:  contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet and spike ring and snake 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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JUST JEANS AND A T-SHIRT

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

The jeans and tee formula does not have to be basic, not if you consider each piece carefully. First, start with a vintage pair of denim. Ah, lived-in denim. Is there anything that compares? These vintage Levi’s set the stage for a look that’s all about comfort and confidence. Then add an interesting tee–a close fitting knit with a cut-out design balances the well-worn denim.

I topped of  this look with another vintage fave, a Courréges duster that you’ve probably noticed me sporting before, (here and here) if you’ve spent any time on this blog.  It’s my go-to cover-up when I want something neutral, but with an inherent dose of cool.

The jewelry is understated, but not boring. I love Lucite not only for its ability to go with everything, but its Modernist vibe. It always looks fresh and playful!  Just like these ball drop earrings with gold detailing.

XO Sasha

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.Courreges duster and vintage Levi's jeans.

Duster: vintage Courrèges / Top: Zara / Jeans: vintage Levi’s / Shoes:Sigerson Morrison /
Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Scabby Robot, similar here

 Earrings and bracelets: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com | Rings: personal collection

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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