I’m a reformed clothes hoarder. My best friend will attest that as a 20 something, I owned a massive amount of clothing that basically lived in piles all over my bedroom. Now my teenage sons employ this method of storing clothing and I complain about it all the time. This is the natural cycle of life.
Anywhoo, the past few years have seen me becoming more and more on board with the small, curated wardrobe movement. I don’t exactly have a capsule wardrobe, but I do keep it pared down and current. If I’ve moved past a style or no longer love a garment, I get rid of it without a second thought.
Our upcoming move to Colorado motivated me to do another wardrobe pare down recently. I packed up about half of my more seasonal or event clothing, and kept out a capsule wardrobe. To keep myself from wearing the same 5 things over and over, I went looking in the app store for a wardrobe app to help me keep track of what I own and pair outfits. I tried a few apps that didn’t impress me – and then I found the Cladwell app. It’s a fantastic wardrobe planner/curation app that has a beautiful, clean and easy to use interface. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I love it!
Before planning anything, you need to know what you have available. In the Cladwell app, you add all of the clothing you own into a digital closet. This is a lot easier than it sounds!
Other apps I tried have you source clothing you own from online shopping listings (only works if those listings are currently active, so no out of stock, thrifted or vintage items!) OR take photographs of everything you own and upload them (HOLY CRAP.) But Cladwell makes it really simple. They have a pre-made database of hundreds of clothing and shoe styles. You just search for an item that’s similar to what you own and add that to your digital closet. It doesn’t have to be exact – you just match the most important features like color and silhouette.
You can make sub-groups too – I have a digital closet that has everything I own, one for Work From Home, one for Weekend, and even one for To Make – where I add clothing I want to make for myself at some point. When I get a new item or make something, it’s easy to add it to the closet it belongs in. You can also have items in multiple closets – which is handy for things like planning a vacation capsule.
Before I started using Cladwell, I would wake up every morning and stare at my closet. I would try on a few things and not like them, or I just wouldn’t have time to think of a creative outfit. Then I would just put on a tried and true outfit like jeans and a comfy shirt.
Now I wake up and look at my phone – because Cladwell gives me outfit suggestions by mixing up my tops, bottoms, outerwear and shoes together. There’s no chance you’ll get a weird outfit because their algorithm knows what goes together! I love technology!
You can also ignore all of the choices and make up your own outfit – but I have had really good success with the suggested outfits. I have definitely started wearing my clothes in more interesting combinations.
After your select your outfit, you save it for that day – and then you have a running log of all the clothes you’ve worn! This also enables the app to track a bunch of metrics like what clothes are your favorites, what colors you wear the most, and what you aren’t wearing.
My favorite part is that I’m not just planning my outfits more efficiently and stylishly every day – I’m tracking my habits.
Your Style Profile in the app shows you all kinds of stats – which items you wear them most, which ones you never wear, and even how long something has been in your closet without being worn. This is obviously great for figuring out which items to get rid of or put into storage! If you see an item has been in your closet for months without being touched, it’s so much easier to convince yourself to let it go.Cladwell also tracks the colors in your closet – what percentages there are, what you wear the most.
That’s not all – there’s also a really helpful blog with articles about how to create a capsule wardrobe, how to style trends and seasonal items, and how to be a better consumer.
There’s even pre-made capsule wardrobe digital closets and seasonal shopping guides if you want to start curating your wardrobe but aren’t sure where to start!
Honestly, this is my most used app besides Instagram and Lightroom. I have so much fun using it and tracking my clothing – and it’s definitely helped me have better shopping habits and a more conscious approach to dressing. I highly recommend it so go download it! it’s iOS only right now – sorry Android users! AND it’s free for life right now – but it won’t be forever, so hop on it before they start charging.
Let me know in comments if you have any questions about how I use the Cladwell app to plan my outfits and curate my wardrobe! I’d love to chat about it.
Cheers – Rachel