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

“Cline is the Michael Pollan of fashion…Hysterical levels of sartorial consumption are terrible for the environment, for workers, and even, ironically, for the way we look.”
—Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/The Daily Beast


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“Attention, Shoppers”
The New York Times Sunday Book Review, Feb. 8, 2013
“The wastefulness encouraged by buying cheap and chasing the trends is obvious, but the hidden costs are even more galling. Cline contends that “disposable clothing” is damaging the environment, the economy and even our souls, and she presents a dense and sobering skein of data to support her thesis.”

Overdressed, a review
Publisher’s Weekly, Mar. 26, 2012
“The good news for shoppers, notes Brooklyn journalist Cline in her engagingly pointed, earnestly researched study, is that cheap knockoffs of designer clothing can be found in discount stores almost instantly. The bad news is that “fast fashion” has killed America’s garment industry and wreaked havoc on wages and the environment, especially in China, where most of the cheap clothes and textiles are now made. ”

How “fast fashion” moguls filled your closets with junk
Bloomberg Business, June 21, 2012
Overdressed is the fashion world’s answer to consumer-activist bestsellers like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Self-deprecating about her own lack of style—she has a thing for fleece-lined sweatshirts—Cline writes with the zeal of a reformed shopaholic.”

Beware, False Thrift
Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2012
“The allure of cheap clothing can be impossible to resist. Author Elizabeth Cline once stumbled on a sale of canvas shoes at Kmart. At $7 a pop, she bought every pair, a total of seven, in her size.”

Dressed to destroy: A skeptical look at cheap fashion
Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2010
Elizabeth L. Cline goes for the jugular straight away in this exploration of the consumer love affair with cheap clothing.


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