Let's talk about closets, shall we?
Last year, I went on a massive binge and pared our closets WAY down. I used it as a money making tool, and you can read that post HERE. I also spoke about organizing my closet HERE. As a typical American woman, I have a ridiculous amount of clothes. Even after selling over 400 items during my closet sale last fall, there were still around 20 boxes marked "clothing" for the move. I've found that I often forget about some incredible pieces I have, or accidentally by multiples of the same thing (how many LBD's does a girl need??) because I forget they exist.
When I wrote about POLYVORE before, it was in the spirit of shopping my own closet and cutting down on spending while maximizing what I already down. Well, this week I discovered that Stylebook does it a million times better, and since it's on your phone- you'll always know exactly what you have in your closet when you head out to the mall.
What is Stylebook? It's app that allows you to import your entire closet, categorize it, create (and save) outfits, store inspiration and so much more. It keeps track of how often you wear things and when it was last worn (so that you can more effectively get rid of things you never use!). It also has a packing feature which is awesome for wanderlusters everywhere.
This is NOT a sponsored post- I just liked the app and wanted to share it with you. I also thought this could be helpful for people who download it, you can know what to expect and also learn from my mistakes. I love the idea of shopping our own closets! Now when I pin something to pinterest, I can see what I have and create the same look without buying anything... or very little.
Let's take a look!
There are two ways to add clothes to your closet. One is to use the "shopping" feature and search for them, then simply add. This is the easiest and if you've bought anything recently- I'd recommend importing it that way. You can also do that with basics, such as leggings or skinny jeans.
The second is through taking a picture of the item and then importing. Once it is imported, you can use the auto option to adjust and remove the background. If some of the background remains, you can then select the manual option and continue removing the background until it is a solid color.
If you (1) choose a plain background (white or black work best) for the item. (2) choose an item with a strong contrast (such as this vibrant red tank above) and (3) crop the picture down before importing it, you will have fantastic results.
Not everything imported as easily as this shirt, though. Anything with a print or patterned (even my tweed blazer) can be difficult. For all items pictured below, I used a wrinkled white sheet laid on the ground OR a black table top (accessories). If I had white butcher block paper, that would have been PERFECT as the wrinkles in the sheet made a mess for me often. Perhaps the backside of (or a solid colored) gift wrap would work as well.
Accessories were also a little harder- the bracelet (DIY HERE) had lots of black leftover from the table top around the links and in between. It was the same for anything with a small chain link as well. The watch imported perfectly!
Another great feature is the search option. After you import clothing, you can tap on the item to add notes, such as color, fabric, season, brand, etc. Then, you can search your entire closet using those tags! So great.
The cost is a little hefty at $3.99, but it was worth every penny. It's an easy-to-use app that will cut down on spending and (in the long run) make outfit planning and maximization a lot easier.
I hope you're staying warm! In Michigan we are getting pounded with snow, but that's nothing new :) All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!