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I will admit, this is a pretty simplistic article about the current state of the global fashion industry. (Cheap clothes come from sweatshops! You should invest that $50* you’re about to spend on two pairs of jeans [because it’s SO EASY to start a decent diversified portfolio for less than $1000**]! Cheap clothing encourages us to increase our consumption! Never mind that your wardrobe is made up of disposable clothing—get them customized by a seamstress for a unique look!) But now that school is around the corner, I don’t have the time to do a more thorough article myself, so you’ll have to enjoy this book promo from Grist. —C&C

bad fashionI really thought I was above binge shopping. But on a recent trip to Target, the women’s clothing section quickly pulled me in with trendy pastels, $19 dresses. The moments clawing through racks under fluorescent lights are a blur — but unfortunately, the resulting bright purple shorts are all too real. They remain at the bottom of my closet, a (literally) uncomfortable reminder of the irresistible pull of cheap fashion.

Ring a bell? It’s no accident. The fashion industry has sped up and priced down to the point where a common shopping trip can make you feel like you’ve doubled down on a Double Down: bloated, unsatisfied, and foolish for indulging in something so trendy and cheap.

Elizabeth Cline was all-too-familiar with the feeling. “I had gotten to a point where I really wouldn’t buy any clothing if it was over $30 and I owned almost 400 pieces of clothes as a result,” Cline says. The Brooklynite was curious as to how clothing had gotten so cheap and why it felt like her huge closet lacked substance and any sense of personal style.

So she set out on a nearly three-year journey behind the scenes of the fashion industry, traveling from sweatshops in China to overflowing Goodwills to a mostly shuttered New York garment district haunted by ghosts of U.S. industry’s past. The resulting book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, is a revealing look at how fashion arrived at where it is today. Before you write off apparel as low-hanging Fruit of the Loom, keep in mind that clothing is easily the second largest consumer sector, after food. I chatted with Cline about how cheap clothing cramps our style, our economy, and our planet.

Continue reading at H & Ahem: Cheap clothing hurts the planet, the economy, and your style | Grist.

*$25 seems to be the current average price of a pair of jeans at Target.


Source: true grit @ blogspot

I wrote this post because I’ve noticed that lately in the mornings, I’m staring at my closet uninspired — which means it’s time to refresh my wardrobe!  About a month ago I went with a friend to an overpriced, vintage hipster joint and scored a wonderful (and cheap) crinkly black scarf and gold plaited/brass? necklace. They’re both so simple but excellent, versatile pieces—the scarf is pretty much a staple item now, and the long necklace easily doubles up to add more character to my outfits.

Not all thrift stores are created equal, of course. I used to rave about Goodwill where the bulk of my work wardrobe comes from, but when I want to visit my parents, I naively thought their local Goodwill had the same selection (and general hygiene) that mine did. Nope! I’m all about Savers now, but I feel like there might be gems out there that I don’t know about. I was thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place where people could review thrift stores and tag/categorize then according to what’s sold there and list their specialties? (Like shoes…it’s hard to find beautiful shoes in my size that aren’t +4″ heels). I was thinking details like clothing sizes, general price range, whether they directly accept consignments (I’e got a lot of stuff I’d like to sell), you name it. Before setting off to make such a place myself, my quick Google-fu found this: TheThriftShopper.Com. It’s a national directory specifically for charity-driven thrift shops, so it’s not exhaustive by any means, but it is socially-minded. Just playing around for a few minutes, I can see that the forum section will be a great pastime for me. Some people are real hard-core thrifters! Once I start working again, maybe I can build up to their status…maybe.

Check out The Thrifter Shopper’s National Thrift Store Directory Listing Charity Resale Shops.

a href=”http://www.hijabstyle.co.uk/2011/08/august-giveaway.html”>Hijab Style August Giveaway
One fashion blog that I read, Hijab Style, is giving away two scarves fromVeil Vision this month.
Check out the details here.

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