This book by Elizabeth L. Cline is next on my read list. My partner mentioned on Facebook that it would be a good read for us, and his friend dropped it at our shop within in an hour. One of our employees called us, saying “someone put this book in our mail slot. They must have been stealthy because I didn’t even see them do it. But this looks like a great read!”
I can’t wait to read this book. One of the main reasons we are so into vintage is because we are passionate about conservation and protecting the environment. (Of course, we love the way vintage makes us look snazzy and our looks are super unique.) But this book highlights the downfalls of buying clothes at H&M, Forever21, Zara, and other retailers that rotate their stock weekly, push trends like no tomorrow, and have super low prices. These companies also use so much of our natural resources, pay underage workers an uncomfortably low wage, and are super wasteful. Donation shops such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army are getting too many donations and can’t properly shelf the stock, so much of it is getting cut into shop rags in factories out west.
Myself and my partner, Tim both personally have very large clothing collections, but get this: Tim hadn’t been to the mall for over 5 years when he met me, and I had sworn off any clothes made in sweat shops about 6 years ago. If I do buy new clothes, I research where they are made so my conscience can rest assured while I wear them. This has meant that I go without some items that I previously may have wanted really badly, but I know that I am contributing toward change in the fashion industry. And just think, if you buy used and sweatshop free, what kind of change you are contributing to!
If you’re interested in the book, this is the website! http://www.overdressedthebook.com/