Style Challenge at the Real McCoy: Part 2

All photographs: Maria Dragan Photography

Wearing: H&M blouse, charity shop jeans, vintage shoes, Moschino bag

You'll remember from this post last week that I was very kindly invited down to Exeter's Real McCoy on the Saturday to take part in a styling challenge. Along with the gorgeous Milly from A Sensible Heart (check her out in the first pic-what a babe!) I was challenged to try my hand at styling to fit some different themes.

It was such fun basically being let loose in this mega vintage emporium to put together styles as I chose to interpret them. I chose "picnic in the park" as my first theme, which involved these flower pattern flares (which I didn't realise were from the fancy dress section; I love them!) and to make the look a little less panto I added a rather natty 70's blouse and chucked a chunky knit over the top (this is a picnic in a British park, after all!) Some gorgeous cat eye sunnies and a small leather satchel completed this look.

The second look I attempted was meant to be "absolutely fabulous" for which I'd intended to try and style some sort of sequin co-ord look but I ended up straying from my original tangent to create something that the lovely organiser of the event, Sorcha, described as more like Florence Welch's festival performance outfit. I think this description suits it much better than ab fab! You can see ms styling it in the pictures; I chose a long black midi which I paired with a tie front silk blouse, sequinned bolero and waist belt. I added my own lizard sunglasses for a bit of a modern kick, and this went from being the look I was most unsure about to actually one of my favourites.

The final look I created was based around a navy vintage blazer that I'd bought with me, I wanted to create a sort of "Alexa Chung" inspired look under the theme "festival fashion" and this is what I came up with. Putting the navy blazer over a printed blouse and adding a suede, zip front skirt gives the whole look a collegiate, preppy, French vibe that I just loved. I used the same satchel and glasses as for the 'picnic' look and I think it worked really well!

I had such a wonderful day down in Exeter and I can't wait to share a couple of the pieces that I bought when I was down there (it would have been a crime not to shop after 3 hours rummaging around the store and styling!) but in the meanwhile, why not check out the Real McCoy's facebook page? 

Once again special thanks to the wonderful Maria for taking these fabulous shots (and letting me use them here!) Oh and don't forget to mention Credit Crunch Chic when you're shopping in the Real McCoy to get a 10% discount!

XO Amie
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