How to Organize Clothing with an App

Recently I came across  Stylebook, an app to organize clothing and keep track of  wardrobe items.  Depending on how much time you are willing to invest, this handy app can give you lots of information about the wardrobe you have now and the pieces you add in the future.

To get the most out of this app you are going to have to invest some time up-front.  Start by taking pictures of all of the clothes in your closet.  It seems like a daunting task but it is also a good opportunity to organize clothing and prune your wardrobe.  If you don’t love an item enough to photograph it, why is it taking up space in your closet? 

Another way to start using Stylebook and organize clothing is to begin with a single wardrobe capsule.   (For a description please see our blog article http://imageinstitute.com/blog/work-your-wardrobe-2-develop-modules/ or our polyvore board at http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=109391491.)  Let’s say you decide to start with this capsule of work clothing: a blazer, a skirt, a pair of trousers and three blouses.  Start by laying out each piece, taking a picture then removing the background with the photo editor.   You are left with individual items that you can mix-and-match.  Create different outfits by combining the pieces in the capsule like a grown-up version of paper-dolls.  If you are working with an image consultant this is the perfect way to capture suggested outfits so you can remember them later. 

Once the leg work is done, use the calendar to keep track of the outfits you wear each day.  Why would you want to do this?  In addition to reminding you what you wore to your last dinner party or client meeting, the app will tell you which outfits you have worn most often and which clothing combinations you missed altogether.  

If you took the time to organize and add all of your clothing up-front, the app will point out which items you wear least – or not at all.  At the end of the season this information may help you decide if it is time to let some clothing go.

Are you the kind of person who makes decisions based on dollars and cents?  This app has something for you as well.  If you were reluctant to invest in a more-expensive, but higher-quality suit in a basic colour, you may be pleasantly surprised when the app calculates the price on a cost-per-wear basis.  On the flip side, if you spend your wardrobe budget on many less expensive clothing items with distinctive colours or patterns, you may find that you are not getting as much bang for your buck from a value perspective. 

Those who travel a great deal will enjoy the packing list feature to organize clothing for your trip. It lets you pick out the outfits you want to wear on your trip, and then generates a checklist so you don’t forget the items you need. 

If you are someone who cuts out tags because they irritate your skin, enter the care instructions in the notes and tags section for that garment, so that you don’t forget later.

The value you get out of this app to organize clothing, depends on how much information you are willing to add.  You don’t have to stop at clothes.  Include shoes and other accessories to create more complete looks. 

For $3.99 in the iTunes store, this app is worth checking out, whether you are a fashionista, or simply looking for an easier way to organize clothing.  You can download the app at http://www.stylebookapp.com/index.html.

Thank you to Julie Holinger for submitting this article on ‘how to organize clothing with an app’ to International Image Institute Inc.

Karen Brunger, AICI CIP is President of International Image Institute Inc. and Past-President of the Association of Image Consultants International.

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