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Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion Paperback – August 27, 2013
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“Cline is the Michael Pollan of fashion…Hysterical levels of sartorial consumption are terrible for the environment, for workers, and even, ironically, for the way we look.”
—Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
“How did Americans end up with closets crammed with flimsy, ridiculously cheap garments? Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense.”
—Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation
“Overdressed is eye-opening and definitely turns retailing on its head. Cline’s insightful book reveals the serious problems facing our industry today. The tremendous values and advantages of domestic production are often ignored in favor of a price point that makes clothing disposable.”
—Erica Wolf, executive director, Save the Garment Center
About the Author
Elizabeth L. Cline has written for AMCtv.com, The Daily Beast, New York, The Etsy Blog, Popular Science, The New Republic, The Village Voice and seedmagazine.com. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Last month I read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline and it changed my life. It was eye opening. It was truly shocking. It made a huge impact. It was life changing. I just didn’t realize the ramifications of fast fashion. I’m a casual gal – cotton twill slacks in a couple colors, jeans, a few knit tops and sweaters, and I’m set. I used to love to shop at Kohl’s. It’s inexpensive and if it’s not on sale this week, it’ll be on sale next week. And, just like the book stated, items were reasonable enough that I could and would buy a few colors of each style I liked. And do it again next season. And next… So where do all the clothes go when everyone throws them out to get new styles next month / season? That’s what got me. That and never being happy with the fit and quality of workmanship. When you sew, you know how things should be put together. Furthermore, I don’t wish to be a willing participant in providing extremely poor working conditions for those working in garment factories. So I chose to make a difference in my world. I chose to be a more conscientious consumer. I chose to return to making my own clothes.
I would also highly recommend this to anyone who works in the fashion/clothing manufacturing industry, especially if you're interested in eco fashion.