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“Cline is the Michael Pollan of fashion…Hysterical levels of sartorial consumption are terrible for the environment, for workers, and even, ironically, for the way we look.”
—Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

“How did Americans end up with closets crammed with flimsy, ridiculously cheap garments? Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense.”

—Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation

Overdressed is eye-opening and definitely turns retailing on its head. Cline’s insightful book reveals the serious problems facing our industry today. The tremendous values and advantages of domestic production are often ignored in favor of a price point that makes clothing disposable.”

—Erica Wolf, executive director, Save the Garment Center

 

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“Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”
—Katha Pollitt
 
Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenny now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. And we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more.
 
Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut. What are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being?

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A tale of fast fashion 16 février 2016
Par Pat H - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Cline explains the flight to cheaper production overseas, and the reasons. That leads into what she calls the fast fashion business; churning the clothes every six weeks in the low end stores because they can make a profit by selling a lot of cheap clothes fast. Cline explains, the young women, who don’t know better, buy the fads and are perfectly willing to throw away something that breaks apart in three washings. She admits that until she did the research for the book she wouldn’t buy anything over $30 and would sweep through a store gathering clothes like a squirrel gathering nuts, and do pretty much what a squirrel does; stash them. She admits to have had over 300 pieces of polyester clothing, none of which fit well, made her heart sing, or she cared about.
Then she does physical research to follow the millions of tons of clothes that are given away to charities where they hire many people to sort and price and date them. After a few weeks the left over clothes are taken off the racks and sent to a rag man. That business then goes through them and picks out what ever high end clothes are in the bales. They, Cline says, are declining in charity stores as the fast fashion has taken over. The ragman sells them to antique stores. The rest are separated into useless and clothes to go to underprivileged countries. The useless ones are sent to recyclers to be chemically broken apart and re-spun, if, the fabric can be broken apart. Cline goes into details about the mess this fast fashion has left in the environments of the countries that are doing the work.
When Cline lost her job and it took a long time to find another one, she could not buy fast fashion and had started to doubt her need for them. She found a sewing teacher and gloried in her ability to hem her own dresses and pants, take in the too big garment, and make simple changes to make the fashions more her.
I think this book is a good eye opener for anyone who buys clothes, has seen the art of fashion deteriorated and have heard the stories of the devastation the industry is doing overseas. She does end it on a hopeful note that include, custom sewing, small local designers working with small productions people, selling in small stores.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye-opening Look at How We Dress 16 mai 2013
Par JMB369 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Reading this book helped me make sense of why most of today's clothes seem cheap and poorly made. They ARE! 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. It is a shocker. We the consumers are responsible for the decline. Why? 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 book is an easy read, but packed with information. 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!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting read from beginning to end 20 décembre 2014
Par MMdesigner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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. Ms. Cline raises the curtain on the ugly fast-fashion industry and reminds us to be more thoughtful when purchasing clothes and accessories. 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..." label. If we refuse to buy items created in sweatshops, our actions could lead to better working conditions throughout the world.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 read along with "Supersize Me" 19 juin 2012
Par A. Whitacre - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I had the same sense of revulsion reading this book as I did reading "Supersize Me" (which is more or less the food version of this book) and I see fast food and "fast fashion" as indicative of the same lack of basic skills. We don't typically cook -- and therefore don't recognize quality in food. Few people sew anymore, and therefore don't recognize quality in clothing. The high cost of housing means that cost becomes more important both for food and clothing -- and quality suffers. The manufacturing chain makes adjustments to accommodate the desire for more of everything. And then follow the TV shows: Biggest Loser for the food problem; and Hoarders for the clothing (and everything else) problem.
Oddly enough, the bad construction of cheap clothes puts consumers into the endless cycle of buying more of everything. If you can't fix your shoes or alter your clothes, then you need multiples of everything just to make sure something lasts through the season. Expectations of grooming and dress have become demanding, which means that there is more acceptance of cheap clothing. 60 years ago when every working woman wore a suit every day to work, her entire wardrobe was different. She didn't have 22 tops and 14 skirts -- she had five suits. And yet we see the connection between clothing and our behavior-- schools that expect specific behaviors usually have specific dress codes. (the author of Supersize Me also comments on how fast food -- and eating in your car -- disrupted the idea of set meal times. )
I am old enough to remember the grand department stores in big cities -- and the expectations both of dress and behavior that accompanied them. The author does not make the connection between larger houses (and greater house payments as proportion of income) and the growth of the shopping mall. Those grand department stores didn't need parking lots -- people took transit and had their purchases delivered by delivery truck (not FedEx). They shopped during the day, not on the way home from work at 8 pm. Our whole society has changed and the way we relate to food and clothing has followed.
This may be one of the first things I've seen that puts a "sustainable, green" cast on clothing consumption though. its ironic that Whole Foods sells cheap -- although organic and fair-traded -- teeshirts in the toiletries aisle. And those items are always manufactured overseas.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why shopping is no longer "fun!" 5 mars 2013
Par Pandora - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book was recommended to me by someone I had met after discovering that we made the same Vogue coat 40 years apart! It was nice to find someone else who is so very bothered by the lack of quality in current clothing. This book did a great job of explaining how the clothing manufacturing business has changed over the past 30-40 years. If you've ever loved a Bobbie Brooks outfit or a Jonathan Logan dress, read this book to discover what happened to these companies. It's nice to know that there is a subset of folks who still enjoy quality clothes and have either replaced mall shopping with vintage shopping or have started sewing (again).

The author validated for me why shopping is no longer enjoyable. Who wants to stimulate China's economy? Her descriptions of the size and numbers of China's factories were both overwhelming and extremely upsetting. This book also confirmed my determination to buy American and to go the extra mile in seeking out American-made products. While she claimed that her primary reason to avoid fast fashion was on environmental grounds, she missed an opportunity to explore other factors contributing to the out-sourcing of American clothes; i.e. excessive government regulations as well as the damage done by unions. Nevertheless, she captured the "throw away" mentality that keeps the cheap clothes coming.
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