Mindful Book Club 2: “Overdressed” by Elizabeth L. Cline

Overdressed by Elizabeth L. Cline is book #2 in the Mindful Book Club series. If you, too, have ever wondered why shirts from large chain stores cost as little as $5, this book explains. We’ll learn the true impact the fast fashion industry has on our planet, fashion factory employees and ourselves.

Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”—Katha Pollitt, The Nation


The book that has changed the way thousands of people around the world think about their clothes, helped to set in motion a revolution of sustainable and ethical practices in the global fashion industry, and established Elizabeth L. Cline as a leading thinker on the issues of fast-fashion and the globalization of the apparel industry. In Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Cline set out to uncover the true nature of the global fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of fast fashion retailers and discounters, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of cloth­ing castoffs end up. All in an attempt to answer: What are we doing with all these clothes we’re buying–68 items a year? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being. – overdressedthebook.com

Thanks to Chloe Popove of My Modern Closet for recommending Overdressed. This passionate Vancouverite is dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of fast fashion — on our environment, our bank accounts and our well-being. Through her company, My Modern Closet, she encourages women to have a positive impact in the world of fashion by choosing to consign. On her site mymoderncloset.ca, you can shop, consign or get in touch to organize a thrifting night with your friends.

The next book club meeting is happening on Tuesday, March 8th. If you’d like to join an existing group, consider this one hosted by our friend Natalie McRae at Be Fresh Market in Kits, or start your own group! Email erin at itstodiefor dot ca for details.

On the evening following our gathering, we’ll have a public Twitter discussion about the book at 7:30pm using hashtag #MindfulBook. We can’t wait!

-Erin & Genieve

Read more about Mindful Book Club here.


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