There are a number of wardrobing and outfit planning apps out available so I asked my readers which they used and what they liked. Here are their thoughts and experiences on some of the wardrobe apps currently on the market.
Helen:I use ClosetSpace on my Android phone and occasionally the computer. Its essentially an electronic wardrobe to catalog what you have.
Its available on the computer and in the Android app store, you can upload an image from your camera, from a saved image on your device or copy paste a url where the image is saved on the web. You can group items in a number of ways (colour, garment type, number of times worn and date last worn), create lists and outfits, code outfits according to event (e.g. work, evening), save outfits to a calendar date, and look at summary statistics like cost per wear and the colour of clothes/shoes/accessories you regularly wear. You can also ‘archive’ items which you aren’t currently wearing (e.g. winter coats).
When putting together outfits in the mobile app it shows up as more of a collage of your items – you can’t for example put the blouse you selected at the top of the picture and jeans/sandles underneath it. You also can’t preplan outfits in the calendar like some other outfit planning apps but i get around this by making a ‘list’ of outfits. It’s also a bit of a time investment to initially photograph/find online images of all your items but I did it in stages and now it’s easy to update as I buy new things. ClosetSpace is also free, so it doesn’t have the advanced features some of the other apps have (e.g. background removal)
Bernadette: I use Stylicious on my Kindle Fire. I love that it sorts tops, bottoms, shoes, and accessories into horizontal sliding strips in the “my closet” section but do wish that there was a separate strip for handbags and belts. Sliding the strips under an item allows for experimentation and renders some alternate suggestions to try. I keep my dresses with my tops. In the lookbook section, I can make and store my own little polyvores of outfits I have put together or am going to try and I can also add alternate jewellery and accessories to those. What I like best is that I have “accidentally”, just by sliding the bars, found pairings of tops and bottoms as well as accessories that look well together. I would not have thought about using them together if not for this!
There is a calendar to keep track of when you have worn these, but I have not used this feature as well as shopping suggestions but that is another feature which I don’t use.
Lana: What I like about Stylicious is the ability to search for items from specific manufacturers or stores etc and add that item to my closet, being able to add outfits to the calendar, and when looking at an item, I can see all the outfits it is used in. The notes are helpful too. There I have added my style words and my own rules about what works for me when getting dressed.
On my iPad and I use it to make outfits and add them to the calendar. If I am doing challenges, I can tag them or label them for each challenge name. I also use it to make beauty bundles and capsules for travel or seasons of the year.
Sue: I have Stylicious on my iPad and use it to keep track of a season’s capsule. When I plan an outfit I store the details on a page for future reference. However, I don’t use it religiously and forget how to get the best out of it. I don’t like that the background stays in place and can look messy.
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Sue: I’ve been using Stylebook for myself for a while.
I think it is great for capsules! Easy to load in 16 items of clothing. I started adding every new piece of clothing I have purchased into it. Really easy from stores websites. Their pictures look much better than my photos. I love capsules so I have been using it to design my capsule for season. I have been using my OOTD photos in inspiration section. Sometimes I create a look that has each piece of clothing and then how it looks on.
- Very pretty in it’s look
- Eedit out the background of the picture so it just has the clothing.
- Create looks that look like polyvores
- Save an image from a website into your camera roll and import into your wardrobe.
- Email looks or clothing pieces to people.
- Send looks or clothing to another user with the stylebook app via WiFi. (I used this with my friend to add items to her stylebook from mine and I use it to sync the stylebook app on my iphone and ipad.
- I store my “OOTD Selfies” in the inspiration section of the app. Moves my photos off my camera roll. (I prefer to leave my camera roll with family shots etc so if family scroll through they are not having to view all my narcasstic selfies).
- You can add details about the piece of clothing (how much cost, colour, material, season, brand) you can then search by these parameters.
- There is a calendar function where you can add what you wore and then you can find out a price per wear on each piece. (I don’t really use this too time consuming)
- Gives a total $ value for your wardrobe (which I found interesting).
- You can add wishlist pieces from the web and see how they would work with your other clothing pieces.
- Loading in an existing wardrobe would be daunting! I have never got there.
- Taking your own photos of your clothing and editing out the backgrounds is time consuming and depending on the lighting the results can be a bit poor. They do have some great instructional videos to help improve your results.
Margaret: I use it on my iPhone. It’s a good resource for having all of your clothing that you want to track on file without having to go through your clothes. Makes it very easy to keep track on the quantity you have in various areas of the wardrobe and whether or not you have too many or too few. Also it’s great for people who want to track wears, cost per wear, make outfit combinations, etc.
I do think that it can be a pain starting out with adding all your clothes, shoes, etc to the application, because not every item has an online photo readily available, but once you get started it’s quite easy. I mostly use it to track how much I’m wearing everything and as a wardrobe inventory.
Natalie: StyleBook is visually very pretty, clean, simple and light.
- You create an outfit image rather than look at a combination of pictures. This makes looking at the upcoming calendar of outfits exciting.
- You can clone outfits to save time when you are changing tops or accessories.
- The process of taking pictures and editing the background can be really time consuming. If you had a large wardrobe, this could really turn you off using the program. In my opinion, this feature is what allows the prettiness of the program to shine and is worth the effort.
- I find the organisation fields intuitive (Tops separates to Sleeveless; Tshirts; Sweaters; Blouses and Blazers)
- I like being able to sort items into seasons.
- Organisation fields are editable
Lana: I tried Stylebook again, and it looks like they have done some great improvements on the background removing tool. The background removal gives much cleaner look in Stylebook vs Stylicious.
They have added shopping as well, so you can add items from specific stores, brands or designers, which was not there in the beginning. I am loving the packing tool which I used this morning to make a Spring capsule. Just added the outfits, and it tells you what your items are to pack or in my case to use in my capsule. Here is the capsule in Stylebook.
Kirstin: StyleBook has more flexibility and can be used for a variety of different purposes.
- Data is stored on each device. Syncing is possible, after using WIFI connect, however it is clunky, manual and labour intensive. I-cloud backup available.
- Visual: I would like it to display the names of the clothes in wardrobe mode.
- Image Load: Clip from website or can add own photos photo upload.
- Background removal: automatic not bad, can be cleaned up manually.
- Garment metadata: Stylebook really shines here. You can track size, colour, fabric mix, brand, own notes, price, cost-per-wear, condition (eg needs laundering/tailoring etc, location (eg out on loan, in storage), whether it is on a wishlist etc and much more.
- Metrics: If you track it, it will have a metric.
- Wardrobe composition: Set it up how you want it – I have jewellery, accessories, bags, hats as well, and separated out activewear, loungewear, workwear.
- Outfit display: you are in control here – as many or few as you want.
- Inspiration: Space to save our compile your favourite looks – I find pinterest easier on the fly, but have a couple of lookbooks/ inspo saved.
- Outfit suggestions: Suggestions are a brute force approach – for a given garment it will show you all possibilities. It is up to you to save them down and tweak the styling to your liking.
- Shopping feature: Can add own stores.
- Capsules? Yes, can build capsules, as packing lists.
- Under $10, one off cost
Overall I prefer Stylebook, it is so flexible – great for the price.
A couple of things I’ve used extensively in lockdown, neither of which can be done in Cladwell: I can load up a photo of the colour fan, and a value contrast ruler and have them display with the prospective outfits. I can load an image of me as a paper-doll, and try online purchases before I buy.
Get the Stylebook app (Apple only)
Kirstin: Cladwell is really designed to assist you in minimalizing/Marie Kondo-ing your wardrobe.
- Visuals: Oh my, so pretty and clean. Does display the names, but only generic ones.
- Image load: generic pre-select, clip from website or photo upload. I’m really visual so not a fan of generic images – if I have a hero piece, I want to be able to see it.
- Background removal: good, usually does not need clean up.
- Load time: about the same. not too bad – depends how many clothes you want to load.
- Garment metadata: way more limited. Tracks number of wears but not cost per wear. Does track how you feel about it (brings joy!).
- Metrics: more limited.
- Wardrobe Composition: Fixed. You get Layers, Shirts, Dresses, Pants, Skirts and Shoes.
- Outfit display: Will only display 4 elements.
- Inspiration: not really or not that I’ve found. There are classes and articles as part of the community, but really they are looking to outfit suggestions to simplify this part.
- Outfit suggestions: pretty and quite stylish. The algorithm is tweaked to the style you got in the quiz, so the outfit suggestion are pretty well in line with things you like. Will take local weather into account. Has some backend tweaking around ‘good’ style choices.
- Shopping feature: Stores are recommended that meet your values eg sustainability, etc. Will suggest new items that will work with your wardrobe if you want it to.
- Capsules? Yes, can build capsules.
- Stylists? Or program? Subscription will get you
2 Month Free Access to the App8 On-Demand Video SessionsYour Full Style Direction — including your custom wardrobe assessment and your seasonal color palette.
Downloadable Capsule Wardrobe Planner
Repeat Private Classes (6-week classes) – take as many times as you need over 12 months
Small Group Meetups – ability to get matched with members of your class
Access to a Stylist (Class Leader) — to the member – only community.
- Cost: $19.95/month, min 12 month Subscription.
Hubby loves Cladwell. Expensive but he is on a mission to simplify and reduce his wardrobe as he loses weight. Admirable, but slightly horrifying all at the same time. Cladwell basically tutors him how to do it.
Ann-Charlotte: I have the app My Dressing on my Android. I’m not sure I like it though.
You take your own pics, add them to the outfit planning app, crop them and get the choice of a default background color, which usually compliments the color in the item, or a range of set colors, some are free, some you pay to get. You can add several categories of clothes, even sub-categories, using the default names or rename them to suit you.
There’s an outfit collage creator where you add the wanted items to create each outfit. The background of the outfit board is white so I’ve opted for white backgrounds on all my clothes pics to keep it neat. The order in which you add each item is important, if you for instance wish to wear a top untucked and want the collage to show that you have to add the pants first and the top next. Resizing each item to get the scale correct is hard in my opinion, but could also be from not having the best pics in the first place.
What I miss is the option to duplicate an outfit to change only one or a few things in it for a different outfit, rather than having to start from scratch every time. Most of my clothes are fully mixable, which means that skirt #1 + top #1 would go with several toppers and accessories, and skirt #1 + top #2 goes with the same and other toppers and accessories etc., which makes it a very big task starting from scratch for each outfit.
I don’t know if there are any limitations in number of items and outfits, and since I don’t have that many clothes and so far have only added five outfits. I’m also unsure if there are any other features included in the app. The app is free but as mentioned above you can pay to get more background options, and there might be more features you can get by paying.
Sue: Closet+Worked fairly well but it was pretty basic. You could take photos of your clothes and add them but you couldn’t edit out any backgrounds. Compiling an outfit consists of adding putting the pictures of the outfits next to each other. It wasn’t very “pretty”
Natalie: Closet+ is a great free outfit planning app
- The free version only allows you to use 50 items of clothing
- Easy to use in terms of adding clothing items
- Calendar function
- Very text heavy with drop down menus an is easy to get lost.
I find the organisation fields intuitive (Tops separates to Sleeveless; Tshirts; Sweaters; Blouses and Blazers)
- I like being able to sort items into seasons.
- Organisation fields are editable
Similar Outfit Planning Apps (and Wardrobe Apps) You May Want To Try
Stella: Wardrobe Moi, simple and easy to use, just put your own pictures in. You makes your own categories such as tops, skirts etc I tried Stylebook but didn’t like it.
Ann-Charlotte: Just tried Closfy and although it’s simple enough to use there are several things that make me not like it. For starters the language, several spelling/grammatical/word errors in the instructions/information, and also that all items you add are stretched to perfect squares, although you get the option of resizing the pic when first adding the items that is totally disregarded, it’s very annoying as it’s altering the scale of the items.
There’s an option to get “your best colors”, which simply is a description of the classic four seasons. You can also get suggestions on what your best silhouette is, determined by five classic body shape geometric figures. A third option is you can get fashion advice, which is about $25 per advice, judging from the info in the app overall that’s nothing I would pay to get so I can’t really review that feature.
Granted I only added a few items and only created two outfits this isn’t an outfit planning app I can say I recommend and I’m removing it from my phone.
Isan outfit planning app where you had to join up to a community. I was loathed to add my details onto another site and it appeared that you would share your outfits and looks with other members. I wasn’t really looking for this either so I never went further with this app.
Candace: I used Cloth 2 years ago to plan a trip to Rome, Italy. I photographed my travel wardrobe capsules so I could remember what made the outfit(s) complete. It was very helpful to have a handy reference when in new surroundings and jet-lagged. I liked looking at my app where everything with notes was right there when I needed it. “Cloth” changed and the new site seemed more complicated, so I stopped using it. Subsequently, I began to take photos on my iPhone and organize for travel without involving a third party.
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