Let’s begin with a simple truth. I love fashion. I also love
to shop; but like so many other fashionistas, I never gave any thought to where
my clothes are coming from before they arrive on the hangers at the mall, or
where they go long after they’ve been donated to the Goodwill. It’s no
exaggeration to say the book Overdressed by Elizabeth L Cline completely
changed the way I think about fashion.
Overdressed shines a light on the recent phenomenon of “fast
fashion,” a term coined to describe the low quality, cheaply priced trendy clothing
stores like Forever 21 that have become such a large part of the landscape in
the shopping world. In her book Cline examines why this shift has occurred while
going further to explore the consequences playing out on a global scale.
This book is a fascinating critique of the fashion world,
and I heartily recommend it to all of the fashionistas out there. Looking for more sordid details on the
unsustainable business practices of the fashion industry? Be sure to check out
Magnifeco by Kate Black.