The No Buy November Challenge and Rocking My Failsafe Clothes

The No Buy November Challenge and Rocking My Failsafe Clothes

In light of my recent posts about being ethical and environmentally friendly fashion brands, I thought I would show my dedication to the cause by challenging myself to an entire month without buying ANY CLOTHES!
Now I hear the gasps, the wonder whether I could actually spend an entire month without caving into my internal voice that tells me I need a new pair of trousers, a top, a dress or whatever. But I’m determined to do it! I will be pulling out older pieces from my wardrobe, fixing/altering pieces I’ve had for a while and that have always intended on doing, but never quite got around to (I’m always willing to do it for others, but when it comes to my own clothes I simply cannot be bothered).
I was thinking about things that I’ve bought which have stood the test of time and thought in addition to today’s announcement that I would share those with you all. I’m aware that a lot of these are jackets and jeans, but they’re what I’d consider investment pieces that I think should last.

Black Topshop Shearling Biker Jacket

I’m sure if you’ve been around for the last couple of years that this jacket isn’t unfamiliar to you. Aaron bought it for me a few years back for Christmas in the Topshop in Milton Keynes; although it’s always got those bastard bobbles on it, I still wear it all of the time!

Ripped Miss Selfridge Jeans

I bought these jeans in a Boxing Day sale about 6 years ago and they’ve worn so well! I’ve rocked these bad lads for years and you’d never know they were old – unless you clock the small bleach stain from when I was highlighting my hair and decided not to change into something else – that was stupid. It’s not often I’ve had to part ways with jeans, but when I have I’ve donated them to the “I’m your cousin and I have no money” fund – see, ethical.

ALL of the handbags

I don’t think I have one handbag I bought in the last 5 years that I’ve simply thrown out. The only one that’s left my ownership was an old Mulberry bag that I sold when I first moved out to help me out when I had to buy some homeware bits – it was a sad day. However, I did indeed sell it and I didn’t throw it in the bin. Obviously it’s because I was skint, but I was being unconsciously environmentally friendly!

Navy Blue Blazer from H&M

I’ve had this blazer for a few years and bloody love it; it’s well structured, fits like a dream and has stood the test of time – I can’t see a time where I’d throw it out and know I won’t need a new navy blazer.

Tan Jacket from Topshop

I can’t even remember how old this is, but it’s been a staple in my wardrobe for years, it’s more of a casual jacket that I wear out to work or during the day, but I bloody love it!
Have you got any failsafe pieces of clothing that have stood the test of time and will you join me on my challenge for November?
Until Next Time


  1. November 6, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    I absolutely love that biker jacket!! It suits you so well and is well sassy. Also you’re a handbag queen, it’s very rare I give a handbag away or get rid of it, I wear them until they break so I guess that’s kind of ethical!? Do you remember when everyone went through a phase of wearing “Grandad cardigans” about 6 or 7 years ago? I bought this lilac one with white patterns on it from a vintage shop and it was honestly one of my favourite things to wear. Admittedly, I haven’t worn it in ages but it’s so cute that I just can’t part with it. Jake has absolutely HATED it since he met me and tries to get me to give it to charity on the regular but it ain’t happening! I’m sure I’ve got a few pieces of clothes that I’ve had for years and I still wear but for some reason I can’t think of them right now. I’ve already failed no spend November though, bought myself a velvet pleated dark purple skirt – it’s GORGEOUS though…
    Alice Xx

    • November 6, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      Oooh I love the sound of the cardi and the skirt 😍😍 You’ve reminded me I’ve got an old grandad knit cardi that I bought when I was at college/uni (can’t remember which one) that’s still hanging up in my wardrobe for this time of year! And I do love me a good handbag, I’m sure many people will agree 😂❤️❤️

  2. November 8, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    I have a Topshop Shearling Jacket too and I love it! They’re so sturdy and long lasting! A couple good pair of jeans are essential too – I wear jeans literally every day! I love that tan jacket from Topshop on you – it looks great 🙂 xo
    Char |

    • November 8, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      They’re such good quality, I don’t think I have one coat/jacket that I’ve thrown out from Topshop! And jeans are my go to as well, I bloody love em 😂❤️

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