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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

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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JUST A BLAZER AND JEANS

Camel blazer and jeans.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone celebrated in their ideal fashion. I unfortunately was under the weather, but not as a bad as last year when I struggled to get over  a cold for a month. But Russian New Year is still ahead (January 14th) and I will make up for it then!

I have many exciting things in store for the new year. Hence you may not here from as often for a little while. One of them involves a home improvement project that will be challenging  for someone who spends a lot of time working from home. The other big project (that has hit a few snags) will be setting up a new website and blog. It will be hard, but so worth it and I’m dreading it and feeling excited about all the changes to come!

I wanted to start the first post of 2019 with a very classic, very simple and oh so necessary outfit to have at your fingertips when life is too demanding to think up elaborate outfits. The formula is simple: blazer + t-neck sweater + loafers. Invest in the best pieces you can afford, they will last longer and you really need the classics to mix in with more quirky pieces you may want to experiment with.
My big splurge from last year was a pair of  Gucci Brixton loafers, they are classic through an through and will be impervious to passing trends. Ideally, I’d have topped of this look with a perfectly luxe but comfortable-as-a-bathrobe camel coat, and while that search continues, I did find this classic Rag & Bone double breasted blazer (that I sized up in to be able to wear with chunkier pieces underneath).
No surprise, think the secret in giving this type of look (and for that matter any other look) your own spin is the accessories. In my case that role will be probably always be fulfilled with over-the-top jewelry. These giant sterling and vermeil 80s hoops are from Israel, I’m pretty smitten with them and will be not letting them go! As well as the the chunky domed cuff with just a sprinkling if diamante is Kenneth Lane.

As you know dressing well is about more then clothes, it affords the pleasure of feeling confident and comfortable while exploring your sartorial fantasies.

Ready to fulfill your wardrobe dreams in 2019? Email info@styledbyasashamaks.com and we can take it from there. Check out all the services here and Yelp reviews here.
XO Sasha

Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans. Camel blazer and jeans.

Blazer: Rag & Bone / Sweater: Cos / Jeans: Vintage Levi’s / Bag: Ojha  / Shoes: Gucci

Earrings: personal collection / Rings: personal collection / Bracelet: Kenneth Lane, sold

Photography: Garry Alexander Photography Editing: Guseva Photo

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MOTO AND SATIN TROUSER

Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants.

This look is all about contrasts. As soon as I saw these pants online, I knew I would be wearing them with a moto jacket! I love the juxtaposition of textures and vibes. The satin is so sophisticated and refined while the moto is tough and masculine–the two balance each other perfectly. And how gorgeous is this forest green! I love how versatile this color is, I can wear pair it with  other color.  Speaking of juxtapositions I love that the luxe fabric was cut into a menswear inspired style.

I had to double up on the sweaters, the day I shot this was bitingly cold. Both are from Cos, can you tell I’m obsessed with this store! I actually thought I would get little use of the chunky grey sweater. Was I wrong, it’s been a lifesaver! It’s kind of like the ideal grey V-neck sweater. Basic, but not really, note the wide ribbing on the high V. As I mentioned this is all about the contrasts, I like the fuzzy mohair paired against the fluid satin.

And I wanted a very chic bag for this look to marry the satin and leather.  This Alexander Wang top-handle is very old-school and modern at the same time (it does come with a cross body strap for those who prefer to go hands-free).

For jewelry, I went with two enamel bracelets. I think both stand up the bulky layers nicely and the sheen of the enamel echoes the satiny fabric of the pants. The double elephant head one will be added to the store soon, but feel free to email me if it sparks an interest.
XO Sasha

Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants. Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants.Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants. Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants. Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants. Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants. Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants. Acne moto jacket and satin wide leg pants.

Moto jacket: Acne/ Mock turtleneck: Cos / V-Neck sweater: Cos / Pants: Cos /Bag: Alexander Wang, contact Closet 1951 / Loafers: Gucci, here / Beanie: Cos

Black enamel bracelet: Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Elephant bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com  / rings: personal collection

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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TUX SHIRT AND TOGGLES

Duffle coat and tux shirt.

This is the kind of look that for me personal style is all about. It’s about putting your own unique spin on fashion. Taking disparate elements and  creating a cohesive look that is expresses all the contradictions and peculiarities of one’s personality (and those can change everyday as your outfit does!)

I pulled many of the pieces from my go-to, Closet 1951, (the jeans and the jewelry are mine), a treasure trove of designer consignment goodness, and by the way you can find a selection of my jewelry there, so next time you’re in Cow Hollow make sure to swing by!

When I spotted the extra ruffled shirt, I knew I wanted to wear it with my treasured vintage Levi’s. They are faded just so and I love the contrast of the somewhat tongue-in-cheek exaggerated with hints of the 70s tux shirt from Dolce and Gabbana and the classic American denim.
The pale pink duffle coat from heritage brand Burberry, begged me to wear it. I need more color in my winter wardrobe and I’ve always had a weakness for the distinct toggle button closure.

Now for the accessories–the box Chanel bag is so unique and special, it dates to the 80s and oozes personality, I needed shoes that matched its presence and I think the Binx star platform slip-ons by Stella McCartney are are style, quirkiness, and comfort rolled into one.

For jewelry I wanted fun and distinct pieces. The Versace star earrings just make me smile, they are just the right size to be noticed, but not overwhelming. The zodiac charm bracelet by Kenneth Lane adds whimsy as only costume jewelry can.
XO Sasha
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Duffle coat and tux shirt. Duffle coat and tux shirt.  Duffle coat and tux shirt.Duffle coat and tux shirt. Duffle coat and tux shirt. Duffle coat and tux shirt.

 Coat: Burberry, contact Closet 1951, similar here / Shirt:  Dolce & Gabbana, contact Closet 1951 / Jeans: vintage Levi’s / Bag: vintage Chanel, contact Closet 1951 / Platform sneakers: Stella McCartney, contact Closet 1951 and here.

Earrings: Versace, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Kenneth Lane, bracelet, here  / rings: personal collection, I’ve linked similar below.

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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