The Anti-Haul: The Style Edition

‘Don’t need it. Not gonna buy it’ – Kimberly Clark, 2016


If you haven’t been introduced to the concept of an ‘Anti-Haul’ before, then head over to Kimberly Clark’s channel and prepare to be addicted. The idea is that you run through items and instead of a traditional haul where you show what you’ve purchased, you talk though things that you’re not going to buy. Or as Kimberly puts it ‘What I’m not gonna byyyyy-iiiiii‘. It’s all very catchy. I’m currently working on a list of beauty launches that just aren’t floating my boat and I’ll pop it up soon either in blog post format or video, but in the meantime I thought I’d do a run-down of the fashion bits and bobs that I’d throw into my anti-haul category…


Chokers. Now I must preface this by saying that chokers or just thin pieces of leather or jewellery around people’s necks can look really bloomin’ cool, but as someone who has about five chins going on underneath my mouth, it’s just not something that I feel like I can particularly pull off. I’ve watched enough episodes of America’s Next Top Model to know that I should ‘give it more neck‘ and I feel like I’d look even more turtle wearing one. Instead I’m on the hunt for something dainty (and long!), that won’t emphasise the fact that my mouth just somehow slips into shoulders. I found this brand on Instagram called Vrai & Oro and I basically want one of everything they make. It is so ridiculously up my street, but I think customs tax on a purchase would be huge. Has anyone given them a go? Or anyone know of any U.K based equivalents?

Bomber Jackets. This is another case of just generally not being cool enough to pull something off, but you know – I’m ok with bomber jackets not being the one for me. Mary Berry looks awesome in them, but I just end up looking like my Dad in the early ’80’s. They’re a little too casual for my wardrobe and a little too sloped in the shoulders. I will say though that Everlane have just brought out a line called ‘Street Fleece‘ that features a cropped bomber and although the bomber isn’t for me, the Pocket Pullover is just the right amount of weekend chic, mixed with practical properties. Everlane when you gonna’ start shipping to the UK man? 


Crop Tops. I might end up sounding like a Grandma here, but every time that I peruse Topshop and see something I like, I pull it off the rack only to find that it’s cropped and has rips/splits/holes in it in places that would make the garment very cold indeed to wear. My crop top wearing days are over and the only type of cropped top that I can get behind these days are jumpers or T-shirts that are slightly higher in the front, in order to make tucking them in easier (told you I’d end up sounding like a Grandma). The only other clothing item that I can get behind being cropped are trousers, like I mentioned in my recent wishlist post. I’m on the hunt now thanks to all your recommendations – cheers!

Ripped Jeans. I feel like my own Grandma has really rubbed off on me with this one. Last summer whenever I wore my Topshop Lucas Ripped Boyfriend Jeans she commented that she could patch up the gaping knees if I wanted her to. God I love her so much. Now I still love those jeans – they are some of the comfiest I’ve ever purchased, so I don’t think they’ll be making it onto the charity bag pile anytime soon – but I don’t think I’ll be investing in another pair for a while. It’s mainly to do with the chilly/’Damn I have to shave my knees’ factor, so I think I’ll be sticking to a classic finish for now. One thing I am in the market for though are a pair of cream jeans. I KNOW! Not black for once. I need to sit down…

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • Rachel 🌸

    It can get quite tiring reading the same old wish list format on everyone’s blogs so I love the idea of an “anti-haul”! Such a great post Anna! Xx

  • I do enjoy a good anti-haul! Just like you, crop tops are not making an appearance in. My wardrobe, and I think bomber jackets are not my style either.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Love this idea. Deffo with you on the crop tops. Don’t get me wrong, I love them for a night out but that happens very rarely, and I can’t stand having a cold belly!!xx

    Lucy x |

  • The slow pace

    I can’t agree with you more, specially on chokers. Being in my 30s I wonder why some of the most horrible trends of my teen years are making a come back!

  • Haha I love this idea! I love ripped jeans but I agree, it’s definitely not the most practical choice in this weather ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  • I definitely agree about the Bomber jacket and the shoulders bit! I’m a little bit on the fence when it comes to bell sleeves as well, they can look beautiful yet they are also very unpractical and I’m already a little bit tired of them! Just quickly visited Vrai and Oro, it’s gorgeous indeed!

  • Sometimes there are trends that just won’t work! I tried to get croptops but I’ve come to realize I just don’t feel myself in them. I’m on the hunt for a good pair of white or cream jeans too! Can’t wait to see what you find!

    Rebecca |

  • Sara MacGregor

    I’m with you on crop tops and bomber jackets. I’m not going to buy a top or dress with fluted sleeves or anything that ties at the waist.

  • 100% not team choker either! I have patiently waiting for them to quietly disappear for the entirety of 2016 and it seems they’ve seeped into 2017 unfortunately. I’m also not at all interested in that Gucci t-shirt everyone has been wearing recently, although on some people they can look quite cool. Your Grandma’s suggestion is so sweet, bless her! xx Tess Alexandra

  • So glad you’re doing these! Chokers aren’t my bag either, I feel like I’m in some kind of weird fancy dress. Can I add my name to the petition for UK everlane delivery?

    – Natalie

  • LOL I wouldn’t wear anything cropped or ripped either. My belly would be like “are you kiddin’ me, bro?” Just no.

  • This kind of anti hauls posts are a very interesting idea!!! I’m also not so engaged with the choker trend as well, they remind me of my teenage days for some reason 😛 I feel the same way about crop tops!

    Have a great week!


    Seize your Style

  • Louise Bowen

    Aside from ripped jeans, i couldn’t agree more with what you have written!

  • Jessica Sutherland

    Bloomin love this post! I agree with ALL of your points! Your reasons for not wearing a chocker are also the same as mine! x

  • Vrai & Oro alternative:

  • SamanthaSeries

    I agree with the bomber jackets, I’m not into them 🙁

    Samantha Series

  • Except for the choker, I agree on all these points! Stop with the crop tops already! x

  • Mitch

    this has to be a universal-grandma-thing… my grandma asked the exact same question 😉
    x from Germany

  • Mademoiselle Saar

    Absolutely love your style! Really like the anti-haul concept.x

  • This was so very funny. I can relate to every item you mentioned 😉 xx

  • Such a great, funny post! <3

  • peace.oglory

    I agree with you on all points. I don’t need those either 🙂 Great post, love the idea. It’s good to know which trends are just not for you.

  • crissstiana

    i got the 3 thin gold ring set from V+O for christmas from my boyfriend. the rings are beautifully made and just as featured. i love that they are 14k gold and not plated! makes such a difference. i wish i could help you with a UK brand but if you want a reliable USA friend, i’ll be here to help! xx

  • Haha such a twist on the usual haul post I love it! I definitely won’t be adding chokers or bomber jackets to my wardrobe, I just love dainty jewellery that hangs and bombers just aren’t my style either but give me a denim jacket and leather jacket any day!

  • Tatiana

    I feel like ripped jeans just aren’t as dressy as a pair of crisp, deep indigo ones. Give me a really dark indigo or black pair of jeans and put it together with a sleek pair of heels and fancy top and I can go out almost anywhere.

  • Totally agree on the crop top front! Unless it’s not tooooo much of a crop, otherwise it’s part of the anti-haul.

    Rachel |

  • Katrina Veenstra

    I am with you on the cropped tops and chokers… just can’t do it! Love this post!

  • Caitlin

    Could not agree more with these! I have the exact same thing when I go into Topshop.
    P.S. I’m now addicted to Kimberly Clark since you mentioned her anti-haul videos in your Q&A video.

  • Mm, haha 😀 I do agree with you on all the point! Look good on others, but I don’t feel they would look good on me or I would not be comfortable in them. Anti-haul sounds pretty fun! 🙂


  • Jime Tamayo

    Hi Anna,
    My engagement ring it’s from vrai&oro, it’s beautiful (if i said so myself) i did get to follow the shipment or anything since it was my boyfriend that bought it, but he doesn’t seem to have had any problems. The shipment however was to France.

  • Thank you for introducing me to Vrai & Oro, gorgeous jewelry!


  • I actually want a new pair (or several) of ripped jeans! Have a hard time squeezing into my current (only) one…

  • Sharon

    I wish you would spend more time editing your blog posts. There’s no point in having beautifully taken pictures if the content isn’t even proof read!

    For example:

    I feel like I’d look even more turtle wearing one
    my mouth just somehow slips into shoulders

    It’s really sloppy and happens a lot!

    • Aya

      I think this is just her chatty way of speaking/writing. Perhaps it’s a British thing? For example, I read “turtle” as being an adjective rather than a simile.

  • elisha mae

    Hahaha, loved this post – such a good idea and thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Elisha-Maé |

    P.S. Please ignore ‘Sharon’ below, I think the attention you pay to each of your posts is amazing, typos just make you human!

  • Emma Grice

    I agree with everything that you’ve mentioned.

    Chokers – being on the petite side none of them fit, even if I wanted to revisit my secondary school days.

    Bomber jackets – I am no way cool enough to pull these off, and like you said a little too casual. I have found a nice one from French Connection I am willing to try but I can’t afford the £150 price tag right now.

    Cropped tops – I don’t mind cropped jumpers because then they actually look the right length on me, but honestly who wants to see my middle?

    Ripped jeans – Again I understand, I also purchased a pair last year but after weight loss they are falling down. I wont be buying another pair as I have just purchased my first pair of Levi.

  • Alice Adventure

    I am SO with you on the crop tops, I see girls in them and all I think is, you must be FREEZING! p.s the leopard print boots are incredible 🙂

    Alice xo

  • Sara

    Love this, this shirt is a cheaper alternative to the equipment one an I love it so I thought I’d share!

  • annasjotter

    Love this style of post and I could not relate any more! Definitely not on board with the chokers, and bombers make me feel like I’m back in primary school…


  • This post is amazing- please do more!! Maybe a monthly installment? I love the whole philosophy behind it- in a world of fast fashion, it’s so important to say no. Lydia Eve | xx

  • Orange Suitcase

    I agree with Lydia! Love these posts!
    Also, I have a pair of Lucas ripped jeans as well and think they’re one of my best purchases! Love them so much and their so comfortable!! Bonus!

  • This is a very good idea. Good job Anna for promoting ‘closer-to-reality’ stuff like these! 🙂 I suddenly remember “Minimalism” from Netflix! 🙂

    Kristine |

  • I am so 100% on board with all of these!!! Great way to feature items that just don’t work for some of us (and thank you for reaffirming my feelings towards them all.. I sometimes try to convince myself otherwise). Let’s now focus on what we love!! #shopyourcloset <3 xx


  • I agree!

  • Sarah Desmarais

    Anna! So glad to see you mention Everlane! I have loved this brand for quite a few years now, and think it’s so fab that they are ‘radically transparent’ with their factories, pricing etc. I’m in Canada, so we are able to order (without the free shipping perks the U.S gets etc), but I totally hear you on when they will expand to the U.K as quite honestly I can’t wait to see you sporting some of their pieces as I think they would suit your style so amazingly, their quality is exceptional and would fit right in to your capsual approach. So exciting!

  • Belated response but I am so with you on the choker trend. I’m ok with letting that one go.

    Also, I have it on good authority that Everlane will be offering international shipping later this year—I’d keep an eye on their instragram or twitter to know when they announce it 😉