Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being? I'm not saying this book will make you set your wardrobe on fire or join a commune, but after reading it, you might be more inclined to shop for your disposable party pieces of eBay and buy the more serious items from quality stores, even it they do cost much more. I always do check my labels just to know where they make the clothing. I found Overdressed very insightful. The goal for me is to be cognizant of the true cost of everything I purchase. A lot of people today have no idea how much work goes into sewing a garment, and many still believe that making your own clothing is less expensive than buying. Prior to reading the book I never thought too much about where my clothes were coming from and how they were made.
I truly never gave any thought to what happens to clothing once it goes to charity either. It was pretty disappointing to be honest and I think it is evidence of how far removed we are in the west from the consequences of our consumption. Some of these items are high quality and some are decidedly not. She paints a picture of two types of consumers. This choice will be better for me—and for the world. Michael Carter is based at the University of Sydney.
They used to last me for about 2 years even though I used 3 pairs and wore jeans daily, so they pretty much got washed twice a week. I totally agree that waste is something we need to focus on as a community. Putting them in the trash feels wasteful. Finally, in light of these problems, Cline makes some suggestions for how individuals can adjust the way they buy and care for their clothes. My son is nearly three , and he really gives his clothes some punishment crawling around in the mud, falling off his bike, toilet training.
Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Every entry in the discussion thread has created new lines of thought for me. Without even realizing it, I started shopping more and we accumulated much more than we needed. It concludes that human dress is as much about the being of the wearer as it is about the communication of social indicators. I have always considered myself discriminating, but since learning to sew in 2012, I am now an outright textile and garment construction quality snob. I can work with what I have, in the community I live in, meeting clothing challenges as I find them, and making small changes, but true changes.
Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear. Throughout the few weeks it took to read, I kept mentioning things about it in my conversations with others. Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries. And serged seams do look nice. Being a roundish woman, I have always found it hard to locate donated clothing which appeals to my taste and fits my body and is not just a badly made sack jazzed up with a bit of trim. Fast fashion is something I have been aware of to at least some degree for much of my life.
I really enjoyed the thoughts provoked by this book. I do think personal choices matter a lot, and that significant change has to start where we are rather than in some far-fetched possible future. But definitely a decline in quality! I read some negative reviews of this book online that I found intriguing. But even when I wanted to not think about it, that gnawing feeling was there in the back of my mind. I also, always thought I did my bit by sewing my own clothes, but then started to think about where my fabric is coming from and that starts a whole other load of concerns… a couple of weeks ago I made my first purchase of organic cotton materials to make a dress for a wedding I have coming up. It also saddened me to learn how much we have lost in the fashion world because of the push for speed design and production.
But I am also culling my pattern stash for a handful of perfect for me patterns I can make several versions of. When I get home from work I change out of my office clothes. She was buying a new item of clothing almost every week the national average is sixty-four per year but all she had to show for it was a closet and countless storage bins packed full of low-quality fads she barely wore—including the same sailor-stripe tops and fleece hoodies as a million other shoppers. I have an 8yo daughter and 10yo son. I have not yet finished the book but it has already had a huge impact on me.
I really enjoyed the thoughts provoked by this book. She was buying a new item of clothing almost every week the national average is sixty-four per year but all she had to show for it was a closet and countless storage bins packed full of low-quality fads she barely wore—including the same sailor-stripe tops and fleece hoodies as a million other shoppers. I recently had the desire to purchase a swimsuit from a practically made-for-Instagram company with tons of cute styles. I will continue to work at this and get to where many of you are making beautiful clothes. I am now starting to get a handle on skills and strategies that help, such as learning what basic fit changes I have to make with almost every pattern, which for me are adjustments for a slight hump on my upper back, thicker waist and full bust adjustment.
I can totally understand how you feel that way! The pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic, and low quality. Customers wear them and discard them, buying new clothes to match new trends and dropping the old like they're disposable products. And when I enquired about a piece of perforated leather at Mood……. Thanks also to all who have posted links. I love using pinterest for this too, especially as a way to tune in to what clothes I really want to wear and what my wardrobe needs hopefully, ultimately, reducing waste. Hysterical levels of sartorial consumption are terrible for the environment, for workers, and even, ironically, for the way we look.
What on earth is she doing in a lounging environment that causes sweats to wear out that fast? A friend once told me that something I had done or said made her think about her own life, and many months later she decided to make some changes. However, on the other hand, I realise that her concern is to pose practical options for normal people, so in this sense I grant that her recommendations are precisely what is needed. Sewing, once a life skill for American women and a pathway from poverty to the middle class for workers, is now a dead-end sweatshop job. It is hard to find a range of these in bigger sizes which do not come from a hippy era shop or look like pyjamas. I almost never buy clothes anymore, and pay way more attention to the materials and where things were made since I started sewing my own garments, so I feel like I was already tuned into a lot of things Elizabeth had to say. This book was a real eye-opener even though I was aware of sweatshop labour and the like I had no idea of the shear amount of waste in the clothing industry! It saddens me when her clothes have little perfect pockets and I know that these pockets have been sewn on by underpaid people. She also documents her transformation into a conscientious consumer — one who resoles shoes and shops for local, sustainable clothing.