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STATEMENT CARDI AND GOLD SKIRT

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I love a cozy knit! And this statement, chunky cardigan in a “cobblestone” pattern is the perfect mix of style, versatility and comfort! And even better, it’s  by local brand WearMahsa, this piece is so new it has not hit their website yet. But you can contact them directly, mention this post, and receive 20% off this stunner!
The gold skirt is a new purchase from, Cos, my oft mentioned source for elevated wardrobe essentials. I love that I can wear it pretty much anywhere, the fabric is metallic coated cotton with a prominent elastic waistband that adds a sporty touch.

Does this outfit look familiar? I think I have worked out a sartorial recipe for daytime comfort with a doze of glam. Take something shiny (a vintage item works well here) and add something  that’s the opposite of it. Voila, you’re neither overdressed nor basic. When I was buying the skirt online (and I’m still waiting  (im)patiently for Cos to open a location in SF, LA now has two!!) I knew I wanted to style with these slouchy otk boots. I like how the faux stretch leather mimics the fabric of the skirt. And the contrast between knits I’m wearing and the metallic fabric keeps things texturally interesting.

Now for the accessories–mainly the bag. I love Chanel in general (what sane person wouldn’t?!), but I find myself drawn less to the classic black flap bag and more to novelty designs. And I’m huge fan of browns, that for some reason get mainly neglected by the fashion industry. This brown number in leather with patches of tweed fits my criteria for the ideal statement bag. Recognizable, but run of the mill.

A few words about the jewelry–the star and moon bracelet is fun and whimsical and the sterling half hoops with gold overlay are so easy that I reach for them almost everyday. Shoot me an email if either strike a chord. I may never get to listing them online, since they are proving to be so useful.
XO Sasha

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Cardigan: WearMahsa, contact WearMahsa / Mock turtleneck: Cos / Sweater: Cos / Skirt: Cos / Bag: Chanel, contact Closet 1951 / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff

Earrings: Sterling with gold overlay, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com  / rings: personal collection, I’ve linked similar below.

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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PUFFER + OTK BOOTS

Puffer and over-the-knee boots.I must say it took me awhile to warm up to a puffer coat (pun intended). I found this one at least five years back at the Livermore outlets. I immediately liked the larger scale quilting and longer length. Since then I have not bought any others, I just don’t think SF ever gets cold enough to need more then one in a wardrobe. Although I do like this one from H&M, it would  be fun to add a bright color for variety!

Since the coat is extra warm this is a great opportunity to dip into the spring or event summer closet. I went with a cotton shirt dress, but just be sure layered it with a thin turtleneck. To counter the sporty vibes of the coat, I styled it with over-the-knee boots. I kept the palette minimal–black and white is perennially chic.

Now for the accessories, my new fave clutch from Ohja will continue to make appearances. I like how it’s not too casual, nor too dressy and will truly fit perfectly with any kind of look. For jewelry I wanted something that would read just as contemporary as the puffer. And of course Lucite is inherently modern. Even if it’s larger in scale it always maintains a minimalist vibe. The Lucite ball and snake chain necklace is a recent find and this is the first time I’ve worn it. This piece has great layering potential, can’t wait to experiment with it once it gets warmer!
The cabochon bracelet is an old fave, it dates to the 50s but since the stones are not faceted and it’s black and white it co-ordinates easily with diverse pieces.

How do you wear your puffer?
XO
Sasha

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Puffer: BCBG, here / Dress: Cos / Turtleneck: Three Dots / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci / Bag: Ohja, here / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff, here

Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: personal collection / Earrings: Pierre Cardin, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings personal collection, I’ve linked similar below.

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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SLIT PANT SUIT

Slit pant suit and statement jewelry
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m incredibly thankful for you my friends, clients and readers. Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday! Please use code TG20 to enjoy 20% off all jewelry through Monday, November 27th. I appreciate how many choices you have to shop during the holiday season and very grateful that you  may choose to shop local! Thank you!

I’m also thankful for this mini heat wave, and the opportunity to rock these side slit pants from Cos that I thought I would have to wait for months to wear. I’m really inspired by men’s wardrobes. And this look pays homage to the elegant black suit. Not to take any attention away from the clean lines of the vintage Issey Miayke utilitarian blazer and the trouser, I chose a simple, neutral tank top, also from Cos. The white pumps continue the neutral theme. I’ve always been wary of white shoes (even when they became a major trend(, feeling that they made my foot look bigger. But the V-cut vamp creates such an elegant, flattering line.

For jewelry I went with oversized pieces in silver. The collar necklace will be listed soon, but you can always email me at info@sashamaksvintage.com for more pics and info. It’s costume but practically looks and feels like a studio piece. The sterling cuff you’ve seen me wear before, I like how it’s more elaborate design contrasts with the minimalist necklace and outfit.

This wonderful bull hide wedge bag is from as you probably have already guessed from Scabby Robot. I have this bag in a smaller size and it was a treat to style the bigger version here. I find the shape to be very accommodating in my 13″ version, but love the impact the 16″ packs.
XO Sasha

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Blazer: vintage Issey Miayke / Top:  Cos/ Pants: Cos / Bag: Scabby Robot / Shoes: Zara

Earrings: Pierre Cardin, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Sterling bracelet contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /Rings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

 

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{TUXEDO} JEANS AND BLAZER

Tuxedo jeans and white blazer.
I tend to live in jeans, and when I saw this tapered leg version with a tuxedo stripe on a mannequin at H&M, I made a beeline for them. The style simultaneously gives off a very relaxed, but dressed up vibe. I went a size bigger, to maintain the look of a trouser. And that stripe in a darker wash really elevates the basic jeans +tee +blazer look.

I kept the top half of the outfit tonal, including the necklace. The design is so quirky (how cool are the lion head stamping with an antiqued finish!) and enough of a statement to stand out against the same color palette.

If there’s one piece I reach for in the spring and summer it’s this oyster white blazer I bought it a few years ago, and it’s been my go-to to add an easy polish to just about any casual look. The boxy cut pairs equally well with jeans or sleek slip dresses.

The Kelly green peep-toe booties with a sculptural heel are old faves, they are from a local designer, Martha Davis, and I’ve had them for at least 7 years.
Being so distinct, my guess is, they will never become outdated. I love the color kick they give to this neutral look!
XO Sasha

Tuxedo jeans and white blazer.

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Tuxedo jeans and white blazer.

 Blazer: Vince / Jeans: H&M / Top: COS / Shoes: Martha Davis / Bag: Vintage / Sunglasses: Phillip Lim

Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Dome polka dot ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Other rings: personal collection

Photography: Joe Charles Photo

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2016 STYLE RECAP

 

Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays and ringing in the New Year!
First of all I would like to thank you for letting me share these weekly posts with you! My fave part at the end of the year is to look back at the evolution of my personal style, the collabs, and the best buys of the year.

Vintage shopping never fails me and remains my best strategy for sourcing outerwear and cocktail/party dresses. And I have started taking my clients shopping for vintage clothes as well, the trick is to be open to what you find even if it’s not on the shopping agenda. Some of my best finds was a ’70s bronze lamé grecian midi dress from Gump’s (that I can wear to a NYE party and pair with basic sweater to sport as a skirt), a Courrèges duster (I cannot think of more versatile piece for spring and summer!), and a raw silk maxi dress in pale yellow from the ’80s.
Besides vintage, I’m also partial to designer consignment boutiques. And while there are many to choose from, my go-to is Closet 1951. I’m sure to find must-have designer hand bags and closet staples at a fraction of the price.

If you have been following my blog since 2015, you will remember my collaborations with local designers Kajan Cake,  Tokyo Gamine, and WearMahsa. It was pleasure to feature them again on the blog, here, here, and here. Each designer has a distinct personal vision, a dedication to craftsmanship, and the commitment to sourcing the best quality fabrics.
My shoe wardrobe got a much needed boost. As you know I turn to Zara first for a quick fix for on-trend and affordable shoes, the mule loafers and ballet slippers with ribbon ties where my best finds. Once the weather got chillier, I was lucky to score some fierce chunky Rag and Bone booties and Alexander Wang cutout heel  booties.
And I was very fortunate to score an oversized Vetements coat (that has proven to be incredibly wearable) and the coveted reworked jeans, that due to  a fuller cut on the leg, really function as trousers.

So what are my conclusions for the 2016 style recap? My basic tenets for dressing well remain the same, but with a  twist. I will still keep the foundation of my wardrobe stocked with closet staples such as a trench coat, moto jacket (I’m saving up for the perfect one!), classic coat, jeans, but will look for iterations that are more fashion forward (a strong shoulder, a creative hem). And I’ll keep an eye out for more unique vintage finds in both clothes and jewelry that define my signature style.
Shop my fave picks below and please share your personal style goals with me in the comments.
XO Sasha
Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap | Maxi dress
Valentine’s Day Outfit Inspo

Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Style Recap

Texture Noir {The All-Black Ensemble}| Mad for Mod: Color Block Dress

Sash Maks Vintage 2016 Style Recap Trench coat

Suede Trench-Noir
Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap LBD

 The Next Level LBDSasha Maks Vintage Style Recap 2016
The Cool Cardigan | Metallic Pleats Please

Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 RecapCourréges Spring

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Summer Lounging | Safari Summer
Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 RecapDenim Maxi and Ballerinas
Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap Vetements jeansVetements Blues
Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 RecapMellow Yellow 80s | Into The {Sheer} Blue

Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 RecapModern {Luxe} Separates

Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap

How To Wear:Moody Winter Florals | How to Accessorize A One-Piece

Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap Burberry trench coat

How To Style A {Classic} Trench
Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap Chanel
Bold In Black and White | Sneaks and Chanel
Sasha Maks Vintage 2016 Recap Vetements coatLayering Up In Vetements

Photography by Jennymay Villarete and Garry Alexander

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HOW TO STYLE A {CLASSIC} TRENCH

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If you need a trench coat (and every fashionable woman’s wardrobe requires one), then you can’t do any better then the iconic Burberry (it’s an investment, but well worth it, since you will have it for a long time). To prove my devotion to the trench, and to reiterate its versatility (it well take your from office to weekend) yet again check out these previous  posts, here and here.

About ten years ago, I regretfully sold a vintage Burberry (why!?!), that I still think about, but there’s always something new out there to be found, and one of the first places I like to look is a vintage or a consignment store. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know my go-to designer resale store in San Francisco is Closet 1951, they regularly stock high-end designer clothing and accessories. Next time you’re in Cow Hollow make sure to swing by the store to see what’s new, and mention my blog to receive 10% off their selection.

When working with such classic pieces as a trench coat, a sweatshirt dress, and Chelsea boots, make sure your accessories add flavor and personality to the look. I’ve layered two necklace, a lariat style ( you can can use a thin chain belt), and a statement color pendant necklace to break up the solid color, and create an elongating line. The oversized  glasses add a touch of retro quirk, and the fringe on the satchel brings movement and a gypset quality.

How do you like to style the classic trench?
XO Sasha
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trench coat and sweatshirt dress

trench coat and sweatshirt dress

trench coat and sweatshirt dress

trench coat and sweatshirt dress

Clothes, sunglasses and accessories c/o Closet 1951
Trench coat: Burberry / Dress: Balenciaga / Sunglasses: Marni / Bag: Saint Laurent / Booties: Rachel Comey

Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage
Chain necklace: sold / Pendant necklace: Trifari, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Bracelet: here /Rings: personal collection


Photography by Garry Alexander

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Wardrobe Staples & Style Tips: The Masculine Blazer

Masculine blazerThis is the hero piece in your sartorial arsenal. The oversized, borrowed-from-the-boys style will take you from a job interview to a formal evening out and brunch with the girls on the weekend. The outfit ideas are limitless. And the loose fit and strong shoulder are super flattering.

Work-worthy basic black or cool grey will serve you for many years to come and can be worn in any season. Make a black blazer anything but boring when slipping over a sexy slip dress.Use a belt to cinch the waist as Diane Kruger, and wear the sober style with a flirty, feminine skirt.

One of the best iterations of this style is the tuxedo version. Whether a notch collar or a shawl in wool crepe or sequins how you style it is only limited by your imagination. Wear with pajama pants for a relaxed yet polished  pairing.  For an alternative on cocktail wear, swap an LBD for a belted blazer worn as a top and pair with cuffed crepe shorts.

For spring look for white, nude or pastel colors (the simple silhouette will  keep the look from reading too saccharine).

Update a blazer and trousers with a sneaker for a cool take on modern suiting. Destroyed denim boyfriend jeans get an instant polish with a smart blazer. Dress down a menswear blazer with a graphic tee. Once the weather cools off you can layer it with a chunky sweater to keep the chill out in style.

To emphasize the tomboy-chic vibe wear your blazer with oxfords and carry a chain quilted bag for a luxe finishing touch. Slip on over a flower print summer dress to add a tough edge to a feminine look.

What is your favorite way to style a menswear-inspired blazer?

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THREE WAYS TO WEAR: BRETON STRIPES

Breton stripe shirt

Breton stripes, for me, conjure up images of 60s European film stars, such as the ultimate sex symbol Brigitte Bardot and her brunette antithesis, the gamine Anna Karina. Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, and Coco Chanel where also partial to the iconic stripe design.
The original navy and white knitted, boat neckline stripe shirt, aka as marinière, was introduced in 1858 as a uniform for seamen in Britanny.

The Breton tee is at the top of my wardrobe essentials list, this infinitely versatile design lends itself to a myriad of interpretations and moods. While the navy/cream is the original classic design, these versions by Marc Jacobs in burgundy sequin patch front and Être Cécile in white/red horizontal stripe and cheetah print put amp up the glam and fun of the wardrobe staple. But you don’t have to limit yourself to a sailor-stripe shirt alone. The très chic design lends itself to all garments and accessories.

 Breton stripe shirt for evening

While decidedly casual the Breton tee can be found in variety of fabrics that can go from day to night seamlessly. Wear the on trend cropped tee with a pleated chiffon skirt and the “It” shoe of the moment, a white or black mule. Layered beaded strands necklaces and a mesh statement clutch with a flick of midnight-blue liquid eyeliner for a dramatic cat eye will have you set for the night.

Breton stripe skirt for the office

Look smart in the office and clash prints for a fresh  look with a modern floral print top  and a sleek striped pencil skirt. A polished pump with a gold accent heel and a sleek architectural hardware bag will help you make climb up the corporate ladder in shipshape style. Coco would approve.

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Breton stripes for the weekend
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A cotton moto jacket and lace-up peep-toe wedges lend a touch of edge to a preppy Breton stripe boat neck tee and powder blue trousers. Wear to a bottomless mimosas brunch with the girls for laid-back chic appeal.

Jacket: HELMUT Helmut Lang(similar here)
Top: Alice and Olivia (here)
Pants: Phillilp Lim x Target (similar here and  here)
Belt: Barneys New York  (similar here)
Bag: Vintage clutch (similar here and here )
Shoes: Martha Davis (similar here and here)
Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage, shop online or contact info@sashmaksvintage.com

How do you rock Breton stripes? Share your favorite look in the comments below.

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Wardrobe Staples & Style Tips: Denim { An American Classic }

denim wardrobe staples

Denim is a ubiquitous wardrobe staple to be found in every woman’s closet. Whether it’s jeans, overalls, a skirt, a denim jacket, or a vest, denim embodies classic American culture and style.

Skinny jeans
These Guess jeans with faux leather patches lend an edge to an oversized blazer.
denim jacket
Maria is a study in jewel tones. The classic Levi’s denim jacket brings street style cred.
Maria Photographed by J.Villarete Photography

A myriad of styles and washes assures that every figure can find it’s perfect denim match in jeans.
The mid-rise cropped skinny is flattering style that shows off the skinniest part of the leg and can be worn casually with flats or elevated with a sleek pump. A ripped skinny version paired with a statement bag keeps the vibe from being too studied.

The slouchy fit of the boyfriend jeans is comfort personified. Elevate the androgynous look with strappy heels and a leather top, or wear a distressed version with a tank top  for festival season.
A faded denim jacket is cool way to top off anything. A slim version will flatter a ladylike floral skirt and can be worn as a shirt. An oversized style is ideal for layering with chunky knits.
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Whether you prefer your jeans in a stovepipe silhouette and a classic blue wash, or express your sartorial sensibility by donning a distressed denim pencil skirt, grab your favorite piece of denim and rock your best look.

What denim trends are you wearing? Share in the comments below.

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