The Conscious Closet (Paperback)

The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good

By Elizabeth L. Cline

Plume, 9781524744304, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

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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.

With her landmark investigation Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Elizabeth Cline was the first to reveal fast fashion's hidden toll on garment workers, the environment, and even our own satisfaction with our clothes. The Conscious Closet shows exactly what we can do about it.
Based on her personal experiences getting off the fast-fashion treadmill and figuring out a common-sense and affordable approach to conscious style, Elizabeth will share how to pare down your closet; swap, resell, or recycle what you don't love; better care for and repair what you do; and how to affordably buy, thrift, or rent the ethical wardrobe of your dreams. Whether your goal is to build an effortless capsule wardrobe, keep up with trends, buy quality, seek out ethical brands, or all of the above, this is the book for you.

The Conscious Closet
is not just a style guide. It is a manifesto and call to action to transform one of the most polluting industries on earth, fashion, into a force for good, on both a micro level—
our own closets—and macro level, by learning where and how our clothes are made, and how to connect to a global and impassioned community of stylish fashion revolutionaries for bigger systematic change. 
Clothing is one of the most personal expressions of who we are, and in The Conscious Closet, Elizabeth aims to help readers truly understand and love their clothes again—without sacrificing the environment or their morals in the process.

*Michelle Goldberg, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

About the Author

Elizabeth L. Cline is a journalist, public speaker, and the author of Overdressed. Elizabeth has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, to name a few, and has appeared on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and NBC Nightly News, among others. She is an expert on fashion industry waste, runs a clothing resale business, and is currently the director of research and reuse at Wearable Collections, NYC's largest for-profit used-clothing collector.

Praise For The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good

Praise for Elizabeth Cline and Overdressed

"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

"How did Americans end up with closets crammed with flimsy, ridiculously cheap garments? Elizabeth Cline travels the world to trace the rise of fast fashion and its cost in human misery, environmental damage, and common sense." --Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation

"Overdressed is eye-opening and definitely turns retailing on its head. Cline's insightful book reveals the serious problems facing our industry today. The tremendous values and advantages of domestic production are often ignored in favor of a price point that makes clothing disposable." --Erica Wolf, executive director, Save the Garment Center