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This book takes you behind the scenes into the world of fashion, garment making and marketing, but don't get turned off if you are not a fashionista! This is a book every consumer should read, whether you are a twenty-something collecting your own pay check for the first time, a working Mom with kids to clothe, or a senior on a tight budget.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline

It is a shocker. We the consumers are responsible for the decline. Because we want current fashion at a cheap price, and merchandisers have figured out how to give it to us. But if you are a savvy shopper who heads to a thrift shop or consignment shop to buy better quality at equally low prices, beware! As cheap clothes flood the market, more and more are finding their way into second hand stores.

Soon quality clothes will go the way of clunky TV and computer monitors and dial-up telephones. And it's not all about "Made in China. The author appears to have done her homework. I gave it four stars because I think it's an important book -- didn't give it five because it xould have used some tighter editing. For the record, I seldom give 5 stars!

For most of my life, I've followed my mother's advice and paid a bit more for high-quality, timeless clothes. However, over the past few years I have been sucked into cheap fast-fashion and added a few knock-offs to my closet that often don't make it past the second washing. Cline raises the curtain on the ugly fast-fashion industry and reminds us to be more thoughtful when purchasing clothes and accessories.

The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

She inspires us to be more thoughtful in our purchases and to be cognizant of whose hands are creating the pieces we put on our backs. I am now back to my old-fashioned much more honorable habit of consistently inspecting seams and hems for proper construction and looking for the "made in If we refuse to buy items created in sweatshops, our actions could lead to better working conditions throughout the world.

Overdressed Last month I read Overdressed: Cline and it changed my life. It was eye opening. It was truly shocking. It made a huge impact. It was life changing.

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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. That and never being happy with the fit and quality of workmanship. When you sew, you know how things should be put together. 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. This book was incredibly interesting and looks at some of the lesser known reasons why the clothing available today is so cheap and poorly made and why US manufacturing is all but extinct. It was incredibly interesting to read- I couldn't stop reading it. Unless you have a lifetime of experience with overseas manufacturing I think you could learn some new things and it would be interesting for you.

It puts it all together. I'm not sure why this has some negative reviews, because I found it extremely interesting and well-researched. There are a few typos and grammatical errors, but none that made the book difficult to understand. I'm currently loaning it to a friend who is also enjoying all the information. As a stylist, it is always concerning that consumers will tend to buy cheap and poorly made fashion. This book has been an eye-opener on the fashion industry as it operates today - and given me a great deal more ammunition! The author argues convincingly that we are wearing 'rags' - poorly designed and constructed fast fashion made out of cheap materials.

We are not doing ourselves any favours, let along the planet. I had expected a very 'green' approach - the environmental message is clear, and especially fascinating within the context of this wildly out-of-control industry. Most Gen X and Ys have never constructed a full garment and so have no idea of what constitutes quality in clothing.

This book will change the way you look at clothing forever - to quote the author "cheap clothes not only undermine those who sew, sell and design them, they're the pitiful result of decades of price pressure that has erased the craftsmanship and splendor of what we wear When we can recognize how clothing is put together, what it's made of, and can visualize the long journey it makes to our closets, it becomes harder to view it as worthless or disposable.

Instead, we begin to want to own garments that are unique and made with a level of skill sand good materials that cheap fashion simply can't provide us. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews.


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Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Not Enabled Screen Reader: The pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic, and low quality. Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear.

Cline is a journalist, public speaker, and the author of Overdressed. Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense. The tremendous values and advantages of domestic production are often ignored in favor of a price point that makes clothing disposable. Cline By Elizabeth L. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Looking for More Great Reads? Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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