How To Incorporate Vintage Accessories Into Your Summer Look

We love Robert Black of Fashion by Robert Black. The man knows style, and has an amazing collection of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Get his tips on how to incorporate fun, vintage accessories into modern summer outfits. All of the accessories pictured are from Robert’s store in Downtown Scottsdale, and model Kirin of FORD/Robert Black Agency (a.k.a. Red Haute Mama) provided her own wardrobe.

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“I love to combine pretty pops of color, which we did here with a lime-green Chanel purse and Ann Klein statement necklace. The key is how you make it relate to the dress. The necklace provides a combination of both tones of color and the element of gold as seen in the purse clasp. The necklace has matching earrings, but for daytime I thought it would be better to have only one of the two.”

Vintage Summer Accessories

“The six strands of costume pearl necklaces by Jewelry designer William De Lillo add so much here. The key is to layer them so that they create the look of one statement. Using various shapes, lengths and even colors can make a very beautiful look. Costume pearls or real pearls are always in fashion and in style!”

Vintage Summer Accessories

“This is one of my favorite colors in a dress. Every woman should own one! I played off of the summer theme of red, white and blue with a 1970’s Venetian glass necklace and a 1960’s textured velvet handbag. Notice again, the gold tone is in both accessories. I would not have done a silver-tone necklace and gold-tone purse; you want to keep the metal colors consistent.”

Vintage Summer Accessories

“I love the texture of this Mary Oros 1980’s necklace and earrings. They are not a set, but both designed at the same time and relate to each other in texture and color so I felt they worked well together.”

Vintage Summer Accessories

“The pop of turquoise goes nicely with the bright yellow, and with this ensemble I felt that combining a statement earring with a statement necklace worked well as they complemented each other.”

Vintage Summer Accessories

“When accessorizing, I always like the unexpected and to think out of the box, which we did with this combination. The layers of 1970’s Southwest turquoise and coral worked well with the dress (Southwest jewelry does not have to be part of a Southwest theme). The wow is the 90’s Dolce and Gabbana purse with a bit of bling, but also with turquoise and coral accents. Accessories should always be fun and interesting.”

Vintage Summer Accessories

“The statement earrings are by Gerda Lynggaard and the bracelet is 1960’s Renoit in copper. We topped off the look with a pair of vintage Cartier aviator sunglasses .This look says “I want to get down to business”. Black is always a go-to color for our wardrobe and the sky is the limit when it comes to accessorizing. You can do tone on tone or bring in powerful colors.”

Vintage Summer Accessories

“You want to have a balance with your accessories. Always remember that your accessories must “speak “ to each other or relate to make the look “cool” and not messy.”

Vintage Summer Accessories

Stop by Fashion by Robert Black to explore their collection of vintage clothing and accessories. You can also learn more about the boutique in this blog post.

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Their summer hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Memorial Day to Labor Day).

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  1. Robert’s eye for detail is as timeless as ever! Gorgeous jewelry and accessories on a beautiful model!

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