Elizabeth Cline’s Overdressed has taught us some hard lessons about our fast fashion habits: Namely that buying super cheap clothes–and lots of them–is having a negative effect on our planet, our culture, and our general well-being. But it’s also having a negative impact on our wardrobe.
“The thing about cheap fashion is that you often wind up with a closet full of deals rather than a closet full of clothing you’ll actually wear,” Cline told me. Most of us who shop fast fashion can probably relate. Somehow, that H&M blouse that was so irresistible in-store, just doesn’t hold up when you pull it out of the depths of your closet two years later.
But while Cline makes a convincing argument for not shopping at cheap-chic stores, it’s hard to know what other options you have if, like us, you love fashion but don’t exactly have a thousand-dollar budget. Fortunately, Cline has some helpful advice on that matter.