Saturday, July 7, 2012
Book review: "Overdressed:The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion"
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Elizabeth Cline takes us along as she begins to evolve from a mindless shopper of shoddy goods to a more thoughtful consumer and sometimes DIY'er. If that was the extent of "Overdressed:The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion", I would have rated it 3 stars. But Ms. Cline enumerates the cost of cheap, overseas manufacture of fast fashion in a way that engaged me, made me think about effects far beyond the US manufacturing sector, and finally, gave me some small measure of hope for our economy. Small measure...I was left with some realizations of the enormity of the consumerism in the west, and its creep across to emerging powers.
Highly recommended for a fresh look at the social and economic effects of overseas labor.
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