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Overdressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion

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Like The Omnivore's Dilemma did for food, Overdressed shows us the way back to feeling good about what we wear.

Fast fashion and disposable clothing have become our new norms. We buy ten-dollar shoes from Target that disintegrate within a month and make weekly pilgrimages to Forever 21 and H&M. Elizabeth Cline argues that this rapid cycle of consumption isn't just erasing our sense of style and causing massive harm to the environment and human rights-it's also bad for our souls.

Cline documents her own transformation from fast-fashion addict to conscientious shopper. She takes a long look at her overstuffed closet, resoles her cheap imported boots, travels to the world's only living-wage garment factory, and seeks out cutting-edge local and sustainable fashion, all on her journey to find antidotes to out-of-control shopping.

Cline looks at the impact here and abroad of America's drastic increase in inexpensive clothing imports, visiting cheap-chic factories in Bangladesh and China and exploring the problems caused by all those castoffs we donate to the Salvation Army. She also shows how consumers can vote with their dollars to grow the sustainable clothing industry, reign in the conventional apparel market, and wear their clothes with pride.

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display_description Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to fast fashion chains like H&M now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are proƯducing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they've turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it's cheaper to just buy more. But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being? In Overdressed, Elizabeth L. Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retailƯers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals.
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subject_facet Clothing trade -- Environmental aspects, Clothing trade -- Social aspects, Consumption (Economics) -- Social aspects, Fashion -- Environmental aspects, Fashion -- Social aspects, Shopping -- Environmental aspects
title_display Overdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion
title_full Overdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion / Elizabeth L. Cline, Overdressed : the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion [electronic resource] / Elizabeth L. Cline
title_short Overdressed :
title_sub the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion
topic_facet Clothing trade, Consumption (Economics), Environmental aspects, Fashion, Shopping, Social aspects