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Elizabeth L. Cline

Overdressed

by Elizabeth L. Cline

Overdressed

Elizabeth L. Cline

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Overdressed explores the takeover of fast fashion, how it affects the environment, and how we can positively change our relationship with clothing.

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Overdressed

by Elizabeth L. Cline

Overdressed

Elizabeth L. Cline

Overview

In the last two decades, the average price of clothing has dropped to never-before-seen lows. Cheap clothes are no longer seen as unfashionable. Instead, they have taken over the fashion industry. The deciding factor for consumers has shifted from quality to cheapness.

This industry-wide shift in consumer desire has caused a massive surplus of cheaply made clothing that is wreaking havoc on the environment. Our cultural perspective on clothing must return to an emphasis on quality and longevity for the sake of fashion workers and the planet.

Elizabeth L. Cline is a best-selling author, journalist, and expert on consumer culture and sustainability within the fashion industry. Cline argues that an unhealthy divide has been created in the fashion industry that forces consumers to choose between outrageously overpriced high-end clothing or unprecedentedly cheap poor-quality clothing. In Overdressed, Cline makes an evidence-based argument to seriously reconsider how we shop.

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"I owned more clothing than I did anything else and probably knew the least about it of anything I bought."

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