It’s a common joke that women love to shop for clothes. And I’ve got to admit I’m one of them. I love to shop, but I’m quite picky about what I buy. I hunt my clothes out like a predator, often stalking a particular piece for months before I buy it. Occasionally I see something I love so much, there is no thought about its purchase, I just have to have it. I often wonder about my wardrobe, and how it compares to other women. Do I have a ridiculous amount of clothes, or do I have less than the norm?
While flicking around the internet recently, I discovered a new smartphone app to fulfill a purpose that I didn’t know I needed. It was called ‘Stylebook’ and its main purpose is cataloging your wardrobe. This combines 2 of my favourite things: lists and clothes. I know that you’re thinking ‘why’, why would you want to catalog your wardrobe. I know this is what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing too. But then I started to consider the possibilities and features of this app.
This particular app, and there are plenty out there to choose from, allows me to
- catalog all the clothes/shoes/accessories that are in my closet.
- combine them together to create ‘looks’ or outfits.
- create lists of inspirational looks,
- schedule what days you want to wear items of clothing. Ok, this feature is ridiculous, but I’m not going to judge. Ok, I am going to judge, but you know, I’m the freak who just bought an app to catalog her wardrobe so let’s just move on shall we?
- get statistics on your wardrobe, item counts, closet value, most worn items, least worn, colour stats, and more
- create packing lists for holidays
- shop – via shopstyle
- access to style experts and advice
Are you starting to get interested too!
I think most of all this app is going to force me to know, in a way that I can’t deny, that I have way more clothes than I actually need. And if I’m honest with you, the majority of which I currently cannot fit into. That last statement is another reason why I want this app. I spend a lot of time in the morning, sighing over how many beautiful items of clothing I have in my cupboard that I love but cannot currently wear. I’m hoping that if I carry them around in an app I can look at them whenever I need inspiration to shape up or eat well, so that I can wear these items again.
Of course I ended up getting the app and entered in everything I own, excluding active wear, sleepwear and accessories. It probably took 2 to 3 hours just to take photos of everything, and that doesn’t include entering any details about the items, like cost, fabric, colour, brand. It is quite shocking to actually see a count of all the different types of items I have. The number is higher than I thought. Have a look at this screenshot,
I have 42 dresses. If you’d have asked me, I’d have guessed 20. I have 37 items for the bottom half of me, made up of 12 pairs of jeans, 8 trousers, and 14 skirts, the remainder are shorts. Of those jeans, I currently only fit into 1 pair of the 12. Tops – 64, I’m more than half way to 100. Ludicrous! By wearing either a dress or a top and bottom combination, I could wear something different every day for 79 days. At least in the shoe department, I think I am not too extreme. I have 12 pairs in total (not including 2 pairs of thongs). 3 boots, 3 sandals, 2 flats, and 4 heels.
And this app has already helped me. Just the other day I saw a dress online that I really liked, and then I remembered that I already have 42 perfectly good ones hanging in the cupboard. Once you can put a number on it like that, you really do think twice about whether or not you need to add another dress to the total, even if it is totally cute.
So what do you think? Is this a crazy amount of clothes? Do you have more than me, less than me or about the same. If you’re keen for a similar app, there are a few different ones out there. Some are free, the one I chose cost around $5, and details can be found here http://www.stylebookapp.com
I best be off now, according to this app I have 166 items that need detailing. Not that I’m going to bother doing that mind you, but I currently have 166 items of clothing that have been yanked out of the cupboard and photographed and now need putting back. Excellent chance to rearrange and tidy that cupboard!