Hey, hey! I'm still on the topic of closet organization this week and what better timing with a change of the seasons coming in. (Why am I thinking of Mary Poppins and that weather vane?) As I shared in the previous post, I cleaned through my closet several times last year. The object was to only have items that flatter, fit, and are well loved. From there I began thinking about which direction my closet needed to go.
- Did I need more professional clothing?
- How am I doing on comfy, casuals?
- What shape are my shoes in?
- Am I heavy on one particular color?
- Are my clothes current or currently workable?
- How is my jewelry collection faring?
Once I began this line of questioning I noticed that I had shoes that left pieces of themselves as I walked around. Gross. I didn't own a pair of comfortable neutral colored shoes, sunglasses or even a casual watch.
Time to make a list. In addition to a list, I looked at my fellow bloggers and pinterest for trends that may suit my style.
And right as these items began to fill the gaps in my closet I stumbled upon this fun organizational app for your clothes! There are quite a few closet organizer apps out there but from what I've seen "Pureple" and "Stylebook" are the top rated for Apple devices. (Check out this link to find Style Apps for android) For now, I'm going with Pureple. They both have the same concepts. Add your wardrobe via web images or snap pictures of each individual item in your closet. Don't groan. It's so worth it. ;)
To do this, I used either our large square coffee table or I hung the larger items on the door. White works best for a background. I added a category to each item as I went along. If there wasn't a category that I wanted, it was easy to create my own.
Now I know what some of you may be thinking.
I don't have time to take pictures of all my clothes, shoes, and accessories!
Alright, let me ask you a couple of questions.
- Is it time to pair down what's in your closet?
- Are you truly wearing most of what you own?
- How much time do you spend on figuring out what to wear? Remember, it took me 3 sittings to finish so you don't have to tackle it all in one day. Now I add articles as they come in. Bonus: more items went to the goodwill pile.
Add Those Items
I enjoyed the baffled looks of my family members as they watched me drag items out of my closet and then take pictures of them.
Create Or Let the App Create
Once you have a good virtual stock in your "wardrobe," you can create your own outfits or, one of my favorite features... ask the app to suggest outfits based on your category settings. For example, I chose shoes, jeans, tops and handbags...
Save Created Outfits
Once an outfit is created, you can choose to save it and add it to a category of your liking....
I created half of the above outfits and had fun allowing my "virtual stylist" to create the others. I've noticed that I'm changing out my handbags more now. I just don't have time to think about what bag would go best. Now I let Pureple do it. ;). That sounded like a commercial but I promise, no kickback happening here.
Your community can suggest outfits from your virtual closet as well...
Add Outfits to the Calendar
If you like keeping up with the latest trends, then browse through the "trending" newsfeed.
|A simple outfit suggested by the app for a hang home day.|
The app is free, but if you want to store data on multiple devices it's 1.99 per month. I'm trying this option for the time being.
I like having it on my iPad and my phone. If I was to choose, it would need to be my phone because I like having my virtual closet with me when I'm out shopping. My memory is terrible and this is great for a quick reference when I'm looking at the super great deal. If I check my closet and see I have something close, I pass on it.
So in closing, I am spending far less time picking out stuff to wear. I'm using more of my accessories, especially the forgotten pieces, and the app has enlightened me on options I would not have thought of on my own. In fact, at first I was worried that I would start to completely rely on the app, but I'm still creating. Phew!
What about you? Do you use a clothing app to organize your closet? What do you use and what's your experience with it?
Fun challenge for this week: I'm going to let Pureple choose my outfits over the next 5 days. I'll allow myself one "nope" and then wear the first or second choice. Follow me on Snapchat (granolangrace), Instagram Stories, or Facebook to see the daily outcome!
As always, thank you for reading! ;)
P.S. Today I'm linking up with Not Dressed as Lamb, Elegantly Fashionable, Sydney Fashion Hunter, Michelle's Paige, Living on Cloud Nine, Posh Classy Mom, , Shelbee on the Edge, The Red Closet Diary, High Latitude Style, Living Color Blog