OVERDRESSED: THE SHOCKINGLY HIGH COST OF CHEAP FASHION by Elizabeth L. Cline

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Have you noticed a change in American clothing stores?  I didn’t until I read this book by Elizabeth Cline.  In the past several decades, clothing in mainstream “department” stores has gotten cheaper and more uniform.  But to drive down costs, manufacturers also sacrifice quality, creating a sustainability nightmare and a culture of overstuffed, homogeneous wardrobes.  Overdressed traces the history of clothing and shopping habits in America and predicts where our bargain-driven clothing culture will ultimately lead.

This book was interesting, but didn’t keep me engaged the whole way through.  I think a more concise article on the topic would have better fit my attention span.  But if you are really interested in clothing and social history, it is definitely an intriguing topic.

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