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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.

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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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 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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HOODIE AND SEQUINS

Hoodie and dress-over-jeans

I must admit, I’m not naturally predisposed to wearing hoodies (or most things athletic related), but I’m quickly warming up to the idea, and if wearing one can include a vintage lace and sequin dress then I’m all in! And layering this sporty/luxe ensemble over a pair of jeans is one of my most beloved styling tricks (see here, here, and here). What’s cool about the dress-over-pants styling is the excuse to dress up during the day (if utilizing a cocktail dress), no need for an invitation to a fancy event. It’s the best of both worlds!

Heels would not look out place here, but a pair of Chelsea boots with rose-gold heels is more practical for running around all day. As far as coat, a sober double breasted number with exaggerated shoulders and extra long sleeves adds a masculine/avant-garde touch.

The white coin earrings, as far as I’m concerned, go with everything. I need big jewelry to stand up to this oversized coat, cue large Lucite bangles dusted with Swarovki crystals and an event bigger pavé snake ring.

The bucket bag in leather and a woven cotton design is another amazing find from my trip to Mexico City in October (yes it was a fruitful trip regarding many things including bags–I came back with three, not counting the two straw bags). It’s superbly made and was reasonably priced, I think around $150. They don’t have another one on their website, but there’s a very chic clutch in the same fabric.

XO Sasha

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Hoodie and dress-over-jeans

Coat: Vetements, similar here / Dress: vintage / Sweatshirt: H&M, similar here / Jeans: H&M / Sunglasses: Prada / Bag: Simona / Beanie: Marc Jacobs / Boots: Alexander Wang, here

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Pair of Lucite bracelets: here  / Dome ring: personal collection, I’ve linked similar below /  Snake ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

 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 and over-the-knee boots.

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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GOLDEN VALENTINE

Gold lamé dress and cardigan.

No matter how you’re spending Valentine’s Day next week, you can rock this look! Whether it’s a romantic date, or a fun galantine with your besties pick your fave party dress and top it off with a cozy oversized jacket or cardi, or why not two?

I’m obsessed with this 70s gold lamé dress from I.Magnin! It has seen its share number of parties. The Grecian influence is timeless and the foil like fabric is pure decadence. And it would look super chic with strappy heels and an elegant coat or trench. But why take the expected route? If your plans are more relaxed, or you just don’t want to look really extra. I suggest a nubby, oversized kimono cardigan from local designer Sherry Koyama (check out her online store, the lady knows her way around a quirky cat print!) and keep an eye on her frequent pop-ups in the Bay Area…and shop the Harumi K website with code “VDAY” through February 15th for 25% off.

Naturally, I won’t leave you without a V-Day code from yours truly, shop now through February 15th and enjoy 20% off with code “VINTAGEBLING”. Check out all the treasures added in the last several weeks and show them off next Wednesday!

For good measure and not to freeze out there, I topped off this ensemble with a knit neoprene bomber  picked up on vacay in October (Mexico City is awash with independent fashion talent!)

Like I mentioned before, a strappy sandal would be a no-brainer, but I went with a  classic loafer to tie in the oversized outerwear pile on. And I’m just going to say it–comfort is sexy. Add cute glittery socks for bonus points.

With this much glorious pleated gold, too much bling would be overstating the point. The dangly shell earrings are glam and whimsical, and the wide bracelet with fabric-like striations echoes the dress in a subtle way. Just add a minimalist clutch and your ready to celebrate any kind of Valentine’s Day your fashionable heart desires.
XOXO Sasha

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Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan. Gold lamé dress and cardigan.

Bomber: Ocelote, here / Cardigan: Harumi K, here / Dress: vintage I.Magnin / Sunglasses: Prada, similar here / Socks: Cos / Bag: Ohja / Shoes: Gucci, here

Earrings: Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Bracelet: personal collection / Ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Rings personal collection, I’ve linked similar below

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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IF YOU LOVE TO LAYER

Moto jacket and poncho.

Can we layer? Isn’t it what #winterstyle is all about? When the cold is especially biting I rely on a puffer jacket to keep warm, but I sometimes find they are too hot to wear. And I actually prefer to layer then rely on one piece. And here I really piled it on!

And I love how this kind of styling offers so many possibilities to create a one-off look. First the mock a-line sweater is paired with a thrifted Ralph Lauren shirt, over that goes my oversized moto and to battle the high winds a vintage 80s poncho shawl from Turkey. I find the interplay of different fabrics really interesting.

Needless to say, statement jewelry is a must to stand-up to this busy look visually. The wide silver-tone collar has a tribal vibe and I like how it contrasts in style with the edgy moto, but meshes seamlessly with the southwest style poncho. And how cool is the contrast of small scale plaid with the blown out design of the scarf! The semi-matte crinkled  earrings offer a cool contrast to the high polished necklace.

The mid-calf boot are by a local designer, Martha Davis, bought ages ago. The distressed texture is so appealing, I like something with a lived-in look in the mix with more polished pieces.
XO
Sasha

Moto jacket and poncho. Moto jacket and poncho. Moto jacket and poncho. Moto jacket and poncho. Moto jacket and poncho. Moto jacket and poncho. Moto jacket and poncho. Moto jacket and poncho.Moto jacket and poncho.

Poncho: Vintage/ Moto jacket: Acne Studios, here / Sweater: Cos / Shirt: Ralph Lauren / Jeans: Zara: Bag: Ohja, here / Sunglasses: Prada, similar here / Boots: Martha Davis

Earrings: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com/ Necklace: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com / Snake ring: personal collection / Enamel and silver-tone ring, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com

 Photography: Garry Alexander Photography

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TRENCH COAT AND CHIFFON

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The trusty trench is always on my list when I recommend essential wardrobe pieces for my clients. And it’s no wonder, since this staple can be worn all year round, and hardly needs an update year after year. For this look, as for last’s, I wanted to utilize a spring/summer item. And this chiffon dress from LA designer, A Bohemia & The Wolves, fits the bill perfectly as to how to stretch your wardrobe.

I grounded an ethereal vintage vibe dress with an avant-garde sweater by Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons. This chunky sweater is extra long and extra warm. Speaking of extra long the otk boots are on-trend and practical when styling with a lightweight fabric.

When wearing jewelry in fall and winter your best bet is to focus on earrings and bracelets, these pieces will not get lost among all the layers. The hoops are recently listed. I love the hand-hammered texture and antiqued silver-tone finish! My fave panther bracelet from the 60s mingles with a pair of oval bangles. The linked bracelet, is new find as well, yet to be listed, it’s interlaced rings design echoes the multi-hoop earrings.
XO Sasha

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Trench coat: Chaiken / Dress: A Bohemia & The Wolves, here/ Sweater: Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons/ Bag: Scabby Robot / Sunglasses: 3.1 Phillip Lim, similar here / Boots: Rebecca Minkoff, here

Earrings:  Sasha Maks Vintage, here / Ring: contact info@sashamaksvintage.com /  Bracelet, contact info@sashamaksvintage.com, similar here

 Photography:Garry Alexander Photography

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