With such a huge spotlight on the fashion industry in the last few years, people are now starting to wake up to the harsh reality of fast-fashion and many even going as far as to change their shopping habits altogether.
There’s no doubt that second-hand and vintage fashion has rocketed in popularity, and many people are starting to jump on board with the idea that buying less is the way forward. You only have to do a quick search on Pinterest to see that there are hundreds of articles with advice on starting a capsule wardrobe.
We all know the larger issues associated with the fast-fashion industry, but many people often forget the issue that hits a bit closer to home – it drains your bank account.
Whilst a £5 t-shirt here and a £15 pair of jeans there might not feel like a lot at the time – the rate in which we’re buying clothes and how quickly trends come and go means that we’re spending a ridiculous amount on stuff we probably don’t even need.
But, let’s face it. It’s hard.
It’s hard not to give in to the bargains, the sales, the Instagram trends and that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when the delivery man knocks on your door with another parcel. So, how can you make the process a little easier?
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out Stylebook, an app that is your digital closet but its aim is to help you get more out of what you own.
So, what exactly does it do?
Create a digital copy of your wardrobe
If you’re interested in going down the route of creating a capsule wardrobe, or you’ve forgotten what’s hidden deep at the back of your wardrobe, then this feature is really useful.
Stylebook lets you add your clothes into the app and assign it to different categories. To do this, you simply just have to take a picture of the item.
A little tip – if you’ve bought something online, save a copy of the seller’s image. It saves you time and can look a bit better than trying to lay your clothes out across your bedroom floor, trying to disguise the fact that you avoid using the iron like the plague – guilty.
What I love about this is that it gives you a true insight into just how much you own and if you too many of the same style.
Put together your own looks
Another fab feature is the ability to put together your own ‘looks’ using the clothes you’ve added to your digital wardrobe. A handy tool which totally utilises all those hours I spent playing dress-up games on the computer. Finally.
The app keeps track of all the items you’ve used in your looks and how often they’re used. For me, this is one of the winning features of the app. Being able to see what you actually wear on a regular basis can you help you cut down your wardrobe and remove the things that you don’t love wearing. It can also let you clearly see what your style is, helping you to decide which pieces to invest in next. I mean, is there much point in buying another pair of Mom jeans if you already have 3 other pairs that you don’t wear?
Pack outfits for your upcoming trip
If you’re anything like me when packing, then you’ll find this feature pretty cool. Whenever I’m planning a trip away, it always inevitabily ends up with me having a melt-down the night before.
Have I packed enough t-shirts?
What if the weather turns freakishly hot while I’m there and all I have is jeans?
Do these clothes even go together?
OK, maybe packing another pair of pants wouldn’t hurt.
With the packing feature, you can pick some of your favourite saved outfits and create your own checklist. Seeing all your items displayed out in front of you and picking items that can be worn in multiple outfits, can help you cut down on the amount your packing.
See statistics for your wardrobe
One of my favourite features of the app is the ability to see data about the items you own and the ability to track specific details. For example, you can tag an item by colour, fabric, season, brand, size and cost.
If you do this consistently enough for everything in your digital wardrobe, you’ll eventually be able to gain a greater understanding of what you own. The app can give you data about what your favourite brands are, which items you most and least use in your outfits etc. You can even find out what the actual cost of your clothes are, based on how many times you wear them.
This data can be invaluable if you’re trying to shop more sustainably or build your own capsule wardrobe for example.
Come up with new outfit ideas
If you often find yourself stuck-in-a-rut with your wardrobe and consistently start your day sitting on your bedroom floor whilst wrapped in a towel, proclaiming that you have “nothing to wear” – again, guilty – then you might find this feature worth a look.
Once you’ve built up your wardrobe, the app can then “shuffle” your clothes and come up with new outfit ideas. This can be a real eye-opener and a brilliant way of helping you get out of that ‘nothing to wear’ slump.
Plan your outfits for the rest of the week
Another feature that you might find useful if you spend far too long trying on different outfits in the morning, is the calendar feature. You can use the calendar to help you plan out your outfits in advance, taking the stress out of your mornings.
You can even add multiple outfit options for each day because let’s face it, one minute in the UK we have snow and the next we have a thirty-degree heatwave. The calendar is an excellent visual tool to get an overview of what you’re wearing each week.
Would I recommend it?
Honestly, yes. While the app does have a few flaws, overall it’s a brilliant app to have on your phone. If you’re looking to cut down on how much you spend on clothes, revamp your style, build a capsule wardrobe, or simply just like the idea of organising your wardrobe digitally, then I would definitely give Stylebook a go. The app costs £3.99 (about the cost of a takeaway coffee) but I feel that for everything you’re getting, it’s worth it.
What do you think? Have you used Stylebook before? Is the app something you’ll try?