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Who Dumbed Down American Fashion? [Via Etsy Blog]

Women’s clothing once looked like an elaborate layered cake. Floor-length dresses were made of reams of fabric, often covered in trims and details like lace and embroidery, and supported by chemises, bustles, crinolines, corsets, and petticoats. Over the last 150 years, fashionable dress has shed layers and complexity to the point where many Americans spend …

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Textile Waste Writings

Where Does Discarded Clothing Go? [Via The Atlantic]

In Brooklyn, New York, where space is precious, it’s not surprising that many of the borough’s residents are starting to complain, loudly, about the countless used-clothing donation bins gobbling up sidewalks and serving as a magnet for garbage and graffiti. Aghast, Brooklyn Magazine commanded its readers not to use “those piece-of-crap bins.” Read more via The Atlantic.

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Was My Hat Made in a Factory Like Rana Plaza? [Via The Nation]

In the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster—the garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed in late April, leaving 1,000 dead, as of today—consumers are left with some troubling questions: Can we trust any item of clothing that’s made in Bangladesh… or anywhere else, for that matter? Are all garment factories “bad”? Is there any real …

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The Good Closet

Years ago, I had a Tumblr blog called The Good Closet. I’m finally resurrecting here, dedicating this space to how to reconnect with what you wear and get dressed more ethically and sustainably on a budget you can afford. 🙂

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