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Publisher's Summary

Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to fast fashion chains like H&M now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are producing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they've turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it's cheaper to just buy more.

But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being? In Overdressed, Elizabeth L. Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retail­ers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals.

©2012 Elizabeth L. Cline (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[An] engagingly pointed, earnestly researched study." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Computer generated narrator-not a real person!

This book is really interesting and you will never look at that Target T-shirt the same way! However, I am 99% sure that "Amy Melissa Bentley" is just the stage name of Siri/Alexa. The emphasis and intonation is completely off. I wouldn't mind so much if they dropped the price for robot narration but I paid the same for this Audible book as I did for a book read by Colin Firth! Come on, Audible! We're on to you!

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What the Tag on that $15 Item SHOULD Say...

Just as with food, we need to take a look at what we are filling our closets with.

I love fashion. I really, really do. But the next time I cross paths with what appears to be an expensive yard of fabric or anything else I wear, I will see it differently. And most likely take it home. There's a lot going on in the background before and after clothing hits the rack.

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Great Content, Pretty Good Narration

The content of this book is fabulous. I took notes and loved learning about the clothing industry. The narrator is a little... bland? dry? It was a little weird at first but grew on me. Overall great book, well worth a listen.

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Will keep listening to this book over and over!

This book opened my eyes to a lot of things! A must hear book! It sad that we don't take care of our pieces of clothes and don't want quality when we can have quantity. if you ever wondered where is it that these cheap poorly sown clothing are coming from you should definitely get this book and open your eyes to a new world!

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Good book

Great book i had to read it for class but i enjoyed it! It really opened my eyes about the way i shop! Makes you think not much of a story to entertain but educational i guess

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my favorite audible

this has been my most favorite listen. hard and shameful to take in, despite reader's easy and professional tone. inspiring of major understanding and behavior change.

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VERY informative!

Learned things I never knew before. It was an eye opening book, that I'll be listening to again!