From journalist, fashionista, and clothing resale expert Elizabeth L. Cline, “the Michael Pollan of fashion,”* comes the definitive guide to building an ethical, sustainable wardrobe you'll love.
Clothing is one of the most personal expressions of who we are. In her landmark investigation Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Elizabeth L. Cline first revealed fast fashion’s hidden toll on the environment, garment workers, and even our own satisfaction with our clothes. The Conscious Closet shows exactly what we can do about it.
Whether your goal is to build an effortless capsule wardrobe, keep up with trends without harming the environment, buy better quality, seek out ethical brands, or all of the above, The Conscious Closet is packed with the vital tools you need. Elizabeth delves into fresh research on fashion’s impacts and shows how we can leverage our everyday fashion choices to change the world through style. Inspired by her own revelatory journey getting off the fast-fashion treadmill, Elizabeth shares exactly how to build a more ethical wardrobe, starting with a mindful closet clean-out and donating, swapping, or selling the clothes you don't love to make way for the closet of your dreams.
The Conscious Closet is not just a style guide. It is a call to action to transform one of the most polluting industries on earth—fashion—into a force for good. Readers will learn where our clothes are made and how they’re made, before connecting to a global and impassioned community of stylish fashion revolutionaries. In The Conscious Closet, Elizabeth shows us how we can start to truly love and understand our clothes again—without sacrificing the environment, our morals, or our style in the process.
*Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Journalist Cline follows up Overdressed, an investigation into the global impact of fast fashion, with this thoroughly researched blueprint for making sustainable, humane clothing decisions. Cline sets her sights on the apparel industry, which employs nearly a hundred million people around the world at poverty levels and accounts for as much as 8% of global carbon emissions. While the figures are daunting, Cline believes individual consumers have the power to change these worrying trends: "If you want to change the world, there's no better place to start than with the clothes on your back and the shoes on your feet." She invites readers to take a closer look at their clothing choices by exploring the working conditions of garment workers and listing the many natural resources that go into each piece. She suggests tips for researching companies and a guide to stores that make lasting, well-made clothing. Much of the advice comes as helpful tips for renting and reselling items, and suggestions on how to make clothes last with smart laundering and mending. A final section, "The Fashion Revolution," consists of Cline's activism playbook and a discussion of the fight for living wages in the apparel industry. Melding worrisome facts, intuitive tips, and helpful resources, Cline's intelligent work provides plenty of tips for making ethical consumer choices.