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RELAXED IN NEUTRAL AND GOLD

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I love a comfortable look, but for me it must always be chic. This oatmeal sweater and skirt combo topped off with a roomy camel blazer is laid-back yet elevated.  It’s no wonder knits have reigned supreme as we spend so much more time at home, and since they offer a non-constricting fit that I’m fully onboard with them.

The cashmere sweater is from the 60s that I picked up, I don’t remember where, a few years back. It a couple of sizes too big, which is just how I like when comfort is at the top of my list. The fit-and-flare knit skirt is vintage St. John, it’s medium weight is ideal for the chilly temps.

This neutral ensemble is the ideal canvas for some glam chains! I paired a Vendome twisted choker with a  triple strand necklace for a golden statement look. I love how the cable knit echoes the design of the chains.

The vintage Fendi hobo, a new find from Decades, introduces a subtle print and the gray peep-toe boots (how cool are their 60s vibe?!) add a dash of contrast.

XO
Sasha

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Jacket: Rag & Bone, similar here and here / Skirt: vintage St.John, similar here and here / Sweater: vintage cashmere, similar here, and here/ Boot: Martha Davis, similar here and here / Bag: vintage Fendi, here, similar here

Necklace: Vendome choker / Necklace: multi-chain necklace; contact info@sashamaskvintage.com

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THE LONG BLAZER AND SCULPTURAL PANT

Oversized blazer and wide leg pant.
I love playing with volume! And when I recently thrifted these generously cut Oska pants I wanted to pair them  with my vintage Issey Miayke long blazer. The double breasted oversized jacket is ideal for balancing the “O” silhouette of the trousers.

To visually contain all that volume and to elongate the line of the silhouette I went with another thrifted piece, a V-neck knit crop top and a pair of sleek peep-toe Margiela booties with a sculptural heel.

For me statement jewelry has always been a major mood booster! And who cannot use a bit of sartorial joy during this surreal year?! This pair of beaded drop earring with textured gold tone surmounts introduce a bit of whimsy and glam. A mix of jangly bangles adds a fun touch.

XO Sasha

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Blazer: vintage Issey Miayke, similar here and here / Pant: Osaka, similar here and here
/ Top: vintage, similar here, and here/ Booties: Margiela: similar here and here /
Bag: Scabby Robot, here, similar here

Earrings:  Christian Dior, here / Rings: personal collection

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TRENCH + FLORAL MAXI DRESS

Trench coat and maxi floral dress.

I think many of us are always looking for ways to achieve an effortlessly cool look that can be put together without second thought When the temps drops, I tend to reach for the hard to beat jeans + sweater combo, but this outfit is just as easy and casual, but appears like it required a bit more effort. And I always like to utilize pieces from different seasons. Not only does it create opportunities for unexpected juxtapositions, but I got more bang for my  buck from my wardrobe.

Is there anything more comfortable then a generously cut maxi dress? This 80s floral number is from India, and I’m always awed by the yards and yards of fabric in the skirt! There’s so much girlish charm in the flow of a full skirted, finely pleated handkerchief skirt! And I’m especially drawn to dark florals, I think they are easier to transition into fall and beyond, and look less saccharin than the brightly colored variety.

To introduce a bit of edge, I need to temper all this sweet floral delicate frivolity with something a bit tough and masculine. That’s where my cold weather perennial fave comes in—a wool trench coat. It’s a wardrobe staple and pretty much goes with everything.  And, I’m happy to see the knee boot come back with a vengeance. It feels like it’s been awhile! I’ve picked this quilted pair recently at a consignment store, and love their practicality and cool factor.

The safety pin drop earrings are Dior and they expertly embody a tough femininity. There’s something  special about shoulder duster earrings, they move with your ever step. Among the amber drops there’s a gold branded “D” charm hidden away, such a cool way to add the designer’s signature!

Among a couple of my favorite ring, I added a couple of jade bands to  pick up the olive hue of the trench. I like when pieces echo and reinforce and play off each other in a look. Like the play of the diamond weave of the bucket bag and the dainty florals of the dress.

XO Sasha

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Trench coat and maxi floral dress.

Trench coat and maxi floral dress.

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Trench coat: , similar here and here / Dress: vintage, similar here, and here
/ Boots: Stuart Weitzman: similar here and here /
Bag: Simona here, similar here and here

Earrings:  Christian Dior, here / Rings: personal collection

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STATEMENT SWEATER + CARGO PANTS

Statement sweater and cargo pants.

Mostly spending time at home and sitting at the computer I have been reaching for cozy thick sweaters that will keep we warm while working on a blog post, listing jewelry, or just lounging around. And the look featured here, (shot about a month before the “shelter-in -place” order) features one of my most treasured oversized sweaters by Junya Watanabe/Comme des Garçons. It’s extra long in the front and features a mohair loose knit panel at the top.

This is basically a tried-and-true jeans and sweater outfit, with a cargo pant sub. I love my jeans, but I do reach for them way too much, and I’m getting tired of my current choices. Choosing a statement sweater certainly makes this typical outfit look less so.
Another reason I chose these military green cargos instead of jeans is because I conveniently own a trench coat in the same color. And I wanted to create a monochrome palette that reads more streamlined. This is also one way to ease into wearing statement pieces. Go monochrome and the individual pieces will be less conspicuous.

When rocking pieces that are extra, I like to underscore them with equally strong  jewelry and accessories.
The leather and foiled gold Lucite drop bracelet is from Monies, a Danish company that uses distinct and  mostly natural materials (the company’s pedigree includes work for Donna Karan). And I’m obsessed with this between the finger turquoise and onyx ring from the 70s!  To counter the bulk of the sweater a wedge peep-toe lace lace-up shoe elongates the silhouette.

Hope everyone is safe and this post serves as some much needed sartorial distraction!
XO Sasha

Statement sweater and cargo pants. Statement sweater and cargo pants.Statement sweater and cargo pants.Statement sweater and cargo pants.Statement sweater and cargo pants.

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TEDDY COAT AND PLISSÉ TOP

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Damn!! Uncertainty is a bitch! We’re living through some unprecedented times. I have been like everyone else, stocking up on supplies, filling prescriptions and getting ready to “shelter in place”. The mind just reels and spirals… I’m gonna keep taking deep breaths… This is going to be beyond a challenging time for all people all over the world. At the time of social distancing it only makes it more evident how important it is to stay connected, to fight anxiety and stress and to provide support in any way we can in our communities.

As a very small, niche business, I will continue to publish my blog, and list new jewelry on all my social channels and my website. Not only do I hope to sustain myself exclusively online for the time being  with the support of my long time friends and clientele, (who I appreciative immensely!!!) and hopefully gain new clients as well (I suspect we will all be spending even more time online). I hope my obsession with all things fashion, with jewelry topping the list, provides positive distraction to you and a much needed escapism.

Take care of yourselves, stay healthy and stay in touch!
XOXO Sasha

Now on to the post!

One of my recent blog post featured Issey Miyake’s Please Pleats flared pant, and this one has another newer vintage find from the Japanese designer–a neutral beige top that is the perfect basic but sophisticated backdrop to a pair of distinct pendant necklaces. Both have sold, but I have the Gucci perfume bottle still available in navy.

I’m clearly on some kind of pleated fabric kick! What I really appreciate is how plissé elevates a pretty basic garment. Now I’m eyeing pleated knits. How chic and cozy are these two piece combos that are popping up (scroll down to #4) all over!

Speaking of texture, I love how the sheared, plush teddy bear coat contrasts with the pleats–both  convey a sense of luxe in their own distinct way. And I’m equally enamored of these creme pumps by Tibi! They always draw so many compliments. They somehow  possess this uncanny ability to transform any boring old look all their own. So on those days when you just cannot bother, slip into a pair of creme or white shoes and watcb your look magically transform.

XO Sasha

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Coat: MSGM, similar here and here, and here / Top: Issey Miayke, similar here, here, and here / Jeans: Vetements, similar here,  here, and here / Bag: vintage Miu Miu, similar here and here / Shoes: Tibi, similar here, here and here / Sunglasses: vintage Gucci, similar here and here

Givenchy Cross Necklace, sold / Rings left hand: ring finger, sterling and ,contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com; middle finger, Amethyst and vermeil, personal collection  / Rings right hand,  middle finger, Chinese, 1930s enamel and sterling ring, personal collection;contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com; middle finger, brass band, personal collection; pinkie finger; Lion ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com

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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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A TOUCH OF PLEATS PLEASE

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I love an elegant pleat and I love adding a new vintage  addition to my wardrobe!  Pleats are the of sophistication, but also can be surprisingly practical. And no one can deliver it like Issey Miyake!! Do you remember the Pleats Please collection? The garments are lightweight, high quality polyester, that look high maintenance but are the complete opposite!
The collection is still around and was born in the early 90s. A finely pleated garment like these full, flair cut pants always make me think of the elegant Fortuny gowns, (the pleating was  invented in 1909).

Besides these Miyake pants, that I have proven to be more versatile then I anticipated,  I cannot stop wearing this thrifted ,oversized trench from Donna Karan Signature. I hope and pray the oversized trend is not going anywhere soon, I still cannot get enough of it. All that expanse of fabric creates a sense of fluidity and luxury, but also is very comfortable and easy to style when you want and need to pile on the layers.

I chose some stand out accessories for this neutral look, the elongated hoops are from my personal collection–80s sterling from Israel. I have not seen this kind of hoop design anywhere else, and the leather and ebony cuff is from Danish brand Monies, who incidentally have designed  jewelry for Donna Karan in the past. Look for it to come soon to the e-boutique or email me (info@sashamaksvintage.com) if you’re interested.
XO Sasha

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 Trench coat: Thrifted, Donna Karan, similar here and here, and here / Sweater: vintage Phillip Lim, similar here and here, here / Pants: vintage Pleasts Please Issey Miayke, similar here and here / Bag: Ohja, here, similar here and here / Shoes:Marc Fisher, similar here, and here
/ Sunglasses: vintage Gucci similar here and here

Earrings, sterling, personal collection / Rings left hand: Blue diamond and sterling ring, floating pearl band ring, pearl and sterling ring and topaz and sterling ring, all personal collection / Rings right hand: Aquamarine and sterling ring, personal collection; rhinestone and sterling band ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Lemon quartz and gold ring, personal collection /  Bracelet, vintage Monies, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography | Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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IN THE MOOD FOR A NEW LEATHER JACKET

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If y0u follow fashion trends even tangentially, you would have noticed that leather is trending. If you’re going to buy one piece this season, trench or any separate, make it leather! I’m currently looking for the perfect pair of leather pants  and I wouldn’t pass up a good leather skirt either, having not long ago found the coolest leather shirt, here)  Pieces like that will prove their worth over the years and can be easily worn across all seasons. It may be trending but it’s not a short lived fashion whimsy.

My latest find while thrifting was this vintage quilted jacket. Of course it immediately conjured up Chanel vibes! I love to play down dressier pieces and  paired it with a more down to earth gauzy peasant shirt from Oaxaca (why didn’t I get more?!). My go to jeans lately have been this, high-waisted, straight leg pair (they are my new skinnies!) and they are just right for the cropped jacket.

I finished off the look with a pair of Balenciaga Knife wannabe satin mules. They are so elegant and luxe.
I love beautifully sculpted statement earrings, and these oversized Sun motif pendants are like little sculptures!
XO
Sasha

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Jacket: Thrifted, no label, similar here and here / Top: from Oaxaca, similar here and here, here / Jeans: Frame denim, similar here and here, here / Bag: vintage Celine, similar here and here / Shoes: Zara, similar here, and here
/ Sunglasses: vintage Gucci similar here and here

Earrings, contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com /Jade ring and rhinestone rings contact info@sashamaksvintage@gmail.com / Rings: panther and yellow quarts, 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

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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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