Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion presents a fascinating look at the long-ranging effects of cheap clothing and explores the average shopper's shift in expectations. Many of us, for example, don't expect our clothing to last for decades. Instead, we expect a t-shirt to fade and stretch, a pair of jeans to go out of style. And when the trend passes or the seam rips, we get rid of the garment. After all, if you can buy a new t-shirt for $5, why repair the old one?
Elizabeth Cline's Overdressed examines the long-term effects of our throwaway culture. She visits factories where clothing is made, malls where clothing is purchased, and thrift shops where clothing is dumped. I found this book to be insightful and provocative, and I highly recommend it.
~Queen of Books