Last updated on January 31st, 2019
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Nothing to wear? There’s an app for that! Who would’ve thought?
Today I’m filling you in on an app that I recently downloaded and haven’t stopped using since. It’s called Cladwell, and it’s like your having own personal stylist living in your phone. Sound pretty cool? It is– and you’re about to find out why you need this app in your life!
Now you can go from feeling unfabulous to FABULOUS in less than an hour. This pretty much sums up how I *pretend* that I have my life together. Let’s go!
How to use Cladwell — the basics
At it’s heart, Cladwell is capsule wardrobe centric fashion styling app. It encourages you to reimagine your wardrobe using items you already have, rather than enticing you to constantly buy new items under the guise of “inspiration.”
It’s very simple, actually. You tell Cladwell what you already have in your wardrobe and Cladwell churns out outfit combos for you to wear at an alarming rate. It’s groundbreaking.
Cladwell works on a day-by-day basis to help you figure out what to wear, but it also looks beyond the now with features like a custom outfit builder, outfit backdating, weather tracking, most owned and most worn colors, most worn pieces, and mentions of pieces you haven’t worn in a while. We’ll talk about all of these cool features throughout the post, so make sure you read until the end!
Adding clothing & shoes to your virtual closet
Adding clothing and shoes is super simple. All you have to do is head over to the Closet section in the bottom bar, and touch the red + symbol in the appropriate section. From there, you are offered thousands of clothing examples to choose from and add to your Closet.
Here’s the important part– you don’t have to find the exact items you own in order to add them to your Cladwell closet. In fact, it’s actually better if you don’t find the exact item. True fashion literacy is goes beyond matching specific items. It is about learning how to build outfits using a variety of items that come and go from your closet to create a look that is perpetually “you.”
In simpler terms, find images that are inspired by your real pieces, but not necessarily the same. Your virtual closet should inspire you, not hold you hostage to specific items.
One thing I wish they’d add is a section for accessories. Sometimes it’s your handbag, scarf, hat, or statement jewelry that really makes the outfit come alive. I’d love for those things to be a part of my outfit planning and history.
Creating capsules aligned with your lifestyle
Now that all of your clothes are in your Cladwell closet, let’s start making things less overwhelming, shall we?
I have 177 items in my Cladwell closet. That’s a lot. (Maybe I’ll par down one day, but for now I love clothes too much.) Of course, not every item is appropriate for every occasion. It’s easy to create “capsules” and add specific pieces to them. This way, you’ll never have to sift through outfit suggestions with crop tops and denim shorts when you need to get dressed for work!
All you do is open the menu bar on the left side of the screen, click “Create New Capsule,” and begin adding items you already have in your closet. Super simple.
You can create as many “capsules” as you wish, and each article of clothing can be present in multiple capsules at the same time. Try accomplishing that in real life!
Why I don’t plan my outfits or have Capsule Wardrobes in “real life”
Believe me, it’s not because I don’t want to! I have always wanted to create perfectly curated capsule wardrobes and plan my outfits a week ahead of time. But there are several issues that make it impractical for me to organize my clothes like this in real life.
First, I have too many capsule wardrobe ideas, and not enough clothes. I know, I know, this sentiment completely goes against what capsule wardrobes stand for, but here me out. Let’s say I want to create a separate Work capsule and Casual capsule, and hang them on two different racks. I own a plaid blazer that I wear casually with the sleeves rolled up, that is also perfect for professional environments. Which capsule gets the blazer? I suppose
I could just place it in the Work capsule and grab it when I want to wear it to the movies, but that would drive me nuts. I’m way too Type A for that to work.
Second, it would take up way too much space. I don’t have separate hanging racks to accommodate each capsule. Not to mention, each capsule needs its own shelf space for things like sweaters that can’t be hung. It would be so fun to have a set up like this, but I’m not there in life just yet.
Then Cladwell came along and solved all my problems!
(Almost) endless outfit possibilities
According to Cladwell, all the pieces in my closet can create 211,000 possible outfit combinations. #MindBlown.
Thing is, I’m not sure if each of these is actually a viable outfit. My wardrobe isn’t exactly “curated,” and I can think of a few top and bottom combinations that just don’t go together. Regardless, I should never run out of outfits.
On a more manageable level, just scrolling through the outfit suggestions Cladwell opts to show me (not nearly 211k,) has given me so much inspiration. I feel like I have endless possibilities even without muddling though hundreds of thousands of options!
Keep track of how often you wear each item
This is where you may start feeling a bit like a fashion failure, but in a good way.
Cladwell keeps track of how often you wear each item in your wardrobe. When you haven’t worn an item in more than 90 days, Cladwell puts a little red notification dot next to the item in your closet. You know what they say: If you haven’t worn something in more than a year, then you should get rid of it. (Your hear that, Cladwell? A year, not 90 days…)
If you’re anything like me, then you’ll find this nagging red dot super annoying. I haven’t figured out how to get rid of it besides lying to Cladwell by saying I wore the item when I didn’t. Though perhaps that is as it should be.
Beyond your closet — shopping suggestions & fashion advice
Wearing and loving what you already own is awesome, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement!
Cladwell offers a handy little section where you can find blog posts all about how to use the app, how to create capsule wardrobes, and more. I really love the layout and the information is easy to understand. Thumbs up!
Also nearby is a Shopping Guide. Here’s the thing, I’m not sure exactly how personalized this is, because it is filled with basic items that may or may not appeal to your personal style. Everything in my shopping list is very “trendy basic,” (read: Everlane Day heels, crew neck cashmeres, and mom jeans.) Are these items there because Cladwell honestly thinks I like them and “need” them, or are they generalizing my style and encouraging me to follow the current minimal wear trend? (Yes, I do believe it is a trend.)
How Cladwell improves my productivity
Productivity is twofold. It is about managing the time you have in a day, and also managing your attitude so that you can actually get things done.
Cladwell is very helpful in both regards. I plan my outfits ahead of time digitally so that there is no wondering about what to wear in the morning. I can even outline an entire month’s worth of outfits if I want to without making a mess of my real closet.
Besides the literal outfit planning part, Cladwell just helps be feel put together during times when I otherwise wouldn’t feel so composed. Work-at-home days used to be spent wearing sweatpants and an old tee because I didn’t want to waste time perfecting an outfit that nobody was going to see. Now, I plan my outfit the night before while lying in bed and throw the items on the next morning. It’s that easy, and it makes me feel so much more productive and awake during the day.
A monthly subscription that is actually worth it?
So, the (sort of) bad news: Cladwell isn’t free. I say “sort of” because paying money for something oftentimes gives it a sense of value that free things just don’t get.
The monthly subscription costs $7.99 per month. You can sign up for a 3-day free trial right here >> Cladwell
I think it is well worth it. For the cost of one burger meal every month, I can *look* like I have great style, when really I owe it all to the app that suggests outfits I never would have thought of.
And the moral of the story is, transforming from unstylish to stylish is as easy as downloading an app. No shopping necessary.
Unless of course, you decide to treat yourself.
That’s all for today!
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