I first came across the idea of an anti-haul from The Anna Edit a few weeks ago when she spoke about style items she wouldn’t be buying. Anna got the idea from Kimberley Clarks YouTube channel. This channel was new to me and I’m addicted Kimberley is hilarious and so sassy. Basically, an anti-haul is a list of things you won’t be buying instead of the usual haul of things you’ve bought. I think it’s a great way to challenge the consumer nature of blogs and the haul culture in general.
After finding myself nodding along to everything Anna listed in her anti-haul blog post I knew I had to create my own version. As you guys know I’m not a big shopper (anymore – read all about my wardrobe journey) so I decided to focus on Spring trends I won’t be buying into. At this time of year, we’re being bombarded by magazines and blogs telling us we must follow the latest trends. But it’s OK to say no to trends after all we’re wanting to curated timeless wardrobes not buy into fast fashion and its ever-changing trends. So here are the Spring trends you won’t be seeing in my wardrobe this year (or any other year)
I totally get the appeal of all the big fluted sleeves in the shops right now. Even I was tempted by THAT Marks and Spencer jumper. Fluted sleeves look amazing in outfit photos and are so Instagramable. But the inner granny in me just thinks about how unpractical they are. How do eat without getting your sleeve in your dinner? How to wear a coat on top of them? Don’t they get in the way when you’re trying to work? And don’t get me started on how on earth you go to the bathroom in them. I don’t want to spend half my day struggling to do basic tasks because of my clothes. So, I won’t be buying into the fluted sleeves trend no matter how good they look on Instagram.
I think my style is far too minimalist for ruffles. To me, it’s all far too much with frills all over your clothes. I like clean simple lines without any fuss. And ruffles and the Victoriana trend is way too fussy for my style. Like with the fluted sleeves I totally get the appeal and think they look amazing in photos but would not work for my lifestyle. I’m not about to wear a ruffle dress to walk the dog in the muddy woods. This trend is too girly and pretty for me which means it has to be on my anti-haul list.
I don’t get the whole cold shoulder trend. Again, the old granny in me questions how practical they are. Surely if it’s chilly enough for long sleeves then it’s cold enough to cover your shoulders. It’s just not just shoulders, I don’t understand the need for cutouts in clothes. I don’t want to flash random bits of skin.
Whilst we’re talking about shoulders apparently big shoulder pads are going to popular this spring. Now I know I will be staying as far away from this trend as possible. If you ask me shoulder pads should be left in the 80s where they belong. Any trend involving cold or statement shoulders is a no go for me.
I don’t have anything against this trend but I know it’s not for me. I’m a grown woman in my thirties I don’t want some tacky slogan written across my t-shirt. I’m much more comfortable with a simple plain white tee no matter how boring some people think that is. I won’t be buying any slogan tees this spring and sticking to the simple plain tees I know I’ll get heaps of wear out of.
This is another trend I think I’m too old for. Never mind the fact that I have a flabby belly. Although I think even if I had a flat toned stomach I wouldn’t be wanting to walk around with it hanging out. Like I’ve already said I don’t need to be flashing random bits of skin. I’m much happier covering up a little. I don’t mind a crop top worn with something high waisted where only a tiny bit of skin shows when you move. It’s the short crop top which shows a lot of skin that I don’t like.