Wednesday, June 13, 2012

book review: overdressed by elizabeth l. cline

You guys ... I read a book.  Okay, so I'm not entirely done with it, yet - but, I'm reading a book.

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago about sharing Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion and was instantly interested in reading more for myself.  In a nutshell, Overdressed takes an investigative look at the industry of fast fashion and its devastating effects on the environment, laborers and even our own economy.  My favorite review of the book is from Katha Pollitt of The Nation who said, "Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries."

I've written very briefly in the past about my own personal attempts to be more conscious about my clothing/shopping habits.  I've always known that fast fashion has negative impact on many things.  I've even stopped shopping at certain fast fashion retailers after learning that they throw away damaged (but fixable) goods instead of offering a discount to shoppers and even dispose of all of their hangers because new merchandise is delivered to them on new hangers.  But, I'm nowhere near perfect.  And what's worse is I wonder if I'm even making a difference.

Overdressed is a humbling snapshot of the devastating blows of fast fashion.  The numbers are staggering.  The numbers of items made each year, taxing our natural resources and leaving a toxic imprint on our environment.  The tragic drop in numbers of garments made in our own country.  The unbelievable number of items purchase each year.  And the worst numbers of all - the laborers all over the world who remain underpaid at best.

While it all seems very depressing, I have a personal motto that says "The more we know, the better we do."  So, I'm glad I know.  If nothing else, it's reignited my desire for thrifting and vintage, knowing that I can indulge in both without adding to a destructive industry.  If you are interested in knowing more, check out Overdressed.  It hits shelves tomorrow will surely deliver an eye-opening experience for everyone.

I was provided an advanced copy of  Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion in order to write this review.  All opinions expressed above are my own.

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