On Monday, I posted my goals for March, but I guess I may have jumped the gun because it finally happened. One of my coworkers caught on to what he now refers to as my “winter uniform:” a sweater, dark pants, and some boots. I could blame it on the cold weather that’s been pelting us for the last five weeks or my company’s a-okay with jeans work attire policy, but it really comes down to my own apathy.
There is, however, a silver lining to this story. It has motivated me to create an additional goal for the month: track my work outfits in Stylebook every single day.
I first heard about Stylebook Closet App a few years ago in a magazine, but at that time I had a strict “I don’t pay for apps” policy. That’s right, Stylebook costs $3.99, and for a college student with no real need to plan out her wardrobe or make sure she wasn’t buying the same piece over and over again, it just wasn’t worth it.
Fast forward to the end of my undergraduate career and the emotionally painful boxing up on everything that I owned. Can you imagine my dismay when I realized that every “work appropriate” article of clothing that I owned was either navy, brown, or white?
How was this possible? It didn’t take long for me to realize my mistake: I never thought about how a piece would work within my existing wardrobe. I liked something. I bought it. I called it a day.
When I started to think about the tens and probably hundreds of dollars that I had spent on clothes hanging idle in my closet, the $3.99 that Stylebook would cost me suddenly didn’t seem so bad. I opened iTunes, and the rest is history!
I will say that it takes a bit of work to get everything into your Stylebook closet, which is why I first started using it when we moved into our current apartment. When I unpacked something, I would snap a picture, categorize it, and use the cool background removal tool to get rid of (most of) the photo’s background.
The Closet is where each of your separate pieces live (once you’ve scanned them in), and you can keep them in categories like Tops, Bottoms, Shoes, and Accessories.
I also like to associate a color to each piece, the size and brand, and put in how much it cost me. These items will come in handy when you start to use all of the features.
This tab is where you’ll put together outfits using the different pieces from the Closet and categorize them based on where you’ll wear them (Day, Work, Evening).
I don’t make much use of the Inspiration section (that’s what Pinterest is for!), but you can take photos/save them from other sources to inspire you when you’re putting outfits together or when you’re out shopping. I mostly use Stylebook when I’m out at the outlets to keep me from buying yet another cream colored top that I don’t need.
The Calendar function looks just like a calendar and allows you to track what you wear each day. You can also plan your outfits ahead of time and input them into the Calendar, cutting down on my morning routine time like nobody’s business!
Another cool thing that the Calendar feature allows you to see is which items you’re wearing most often and the items that you’ve received the best value from (based on the cost of the items divided by number of wears).
This feature is pretty self-explanatory, but you can add individual pieces and outfits to packing lists to help make travel planning a breeze!
The nerd in me goes a little crazy for these closet stats, including (but certainly not limited to):
- How many items are in your closet and their total worth
- 25 Most Recently Added pieces
- Never Used Pieces
- 25 Least Worn
- 25 Most Worn
My goal now is to use Stylebook’s calendar feature to keep me from wearing the same sweater three weeks out of the month. I’m a very visual person, and I’m also a planner, so by creating “looks” ahead of time, I should be able to keep my look fresh and find unique ways to style my existing pieces!
Have you ever used Stylebook? Please tell me I’m not the only one who realized she had a work “uniform!”
P.S. Stylebook can also help you plan out which items to donate or even sell on ThredUp!