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Over-Dressed – The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion


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Written by New York author, Elizabeth L. Cline, “Over-Dressed – The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” explores the global effects that cheap fast fashion has on society, the environment, and the economy.

Shopping frequently at convenient budget stores such as Zara, Forever 21, and H&M that hash out new trends at low price and quality each season has become the modern shopping norm for most consumers. These budget retail chains are proving to be doing more bad than good.

Cline, a self-proclaimed former shopping addict does not work in the fashion industry, leaving the novel with more psychological and research based content that brings readers away from the glamour of fashion and allows them to focus on its current damaging nature. To some “Over-Dressed – The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” may seem like an anti-fashion book, when in reality it is attempting to stop fashion from being disposable low quality goods, and bring fashion back to being well made and designed clothing that can be considered art rather than trend.

The eye-opening novel is a great read whether you are trying to kick a shopping habit or gain a deeper understanding of cheap fashion.

“Over-Dressed – The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” can be bought at Chapters or online at

Meredith Lougheed, JCI Fashion Grad

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