Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Laura Gayle + Fashionista
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A few of you have been asking me how you can learn more about fast fashion, and why I’m so very against it. I don’t frequently delve into this topic, but instead try to offer fun alternatives to Forever 21, H&M, Target, and the like.

I’m not here to preach. I’m not here to judge. As I state pretty clearly, I’m just here to change the way you think about fashion.

But for those of you who want to learn more about how cheap fashion has fundamentally changed all of our lives, and the lives of the people who make our clothing in an incredibly short period of time, I have a reading recommendation for you.

overdressed

, this book by Elizabeth Cline breaks down the history of the rise of fast fashion and its effects on our environment, global economy, society, and well-being. Overdressed offers affordable alternatives to treating clothing as a disposable commodity, whether it’s creating your own, buying sustainable quality clothing, or simply taking the time to mend what you own when it’s damaged rather than throwing it away.

Cline in a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear!
Cline in a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear!

Cline wasn’t always a slow fashion advocate. Like many of us (including me), she once had a closet full of once-faddy threads that were purchased because they were “a deal” or because they were “on-trend”. When she realized she barely wore any of these items, many of which were clones of what everyone else was wearing, she began her research into why this obsession with fast fashion felt so wrong to her.

She traveled all over the US, China, and Bangladesh to get the real story of how our buy-and-toss mentality is shaping the world.

SlipsKnute fans will be happy to see a cameo by yours truly. :)

I'm not 29 anymore...:'(
I’m not 29 anymore…:'(

I hope you’ll give a read. It might help you be a more conscientious consumer.

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