Need a cure for I-have-nothing-to-wear syndrome? Cue: digital wardrobe apps that help you catalogue your closet in the palm of your hand!
Ever feel like you have too many clothes, but nothing to wear? You’re not alone. But despite this, we only wear 20% of our wardrobes, 80% of the time. That means at any given time, we’re neglecting a huge portion of the clothes we own, while still going out to buy more items we don’t need. Given the fact that we throw away millions of tons of wearable clothes each year, we have a problem.
But, if we could just wear an outfit 50 times instead of 5, its carbon footprint would reduce by 400%, which is pretty major. That’s why we’re excited about the new wave of digital wardrobe apps available. These apps unleash the potential of your closet by helping you plan outfits ahead, encouraging rewear and restyling (not to mention, making it easier to get dressed in the morning!) What’s more, knowing what you actually own can help reduce impulse buys and unnecessary textile waste ending up in landfill. So, if you’re ready to unlock your inner Cher from Clueless, check out the closet digitising apps that should be on your radar!
1. Save Your Wardrobe (Free)
Save Your Wardrobe allows you to upload images of pieces in your wardrobe and pair images together to discover new life in your clothing. The app uses AI to digitise your closet and provide insight on how to make the most of your wardrobe. And when you just can’t figure out what to wear for an occasion, SYW makes recommendations for events given the weather around you. It also helps you book repairs, cleaning, donation, and upcycling services as well as browse more responsible shopping.
2. Whering (Free)
What could you be Whering? As seen in Vogue, Marie Claire, and Grazia, Whering is one of the newest apps that helps you plan and sort an endless combination of outfits. Whering offers a style quiz to provide outfit selections catered to you. The app also offers a calendar and weather feature to help you plan your ensembles and a packing feature to help you plan for vacations! What’s more, for UK residents, Whering has a soon-to-be-launched “White Glove Service,” so if you aren’t up for digitising yourself, you can have professionals do it for you.
3. Stylebook ($3.99)
Stylebook is an expert wardrobe organisation and closet management tool created by a fashion industry insider. It was even included in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Travel Apps for Packing” and Mashable’s “Ten Fresh Apps for Fashion Enthusiasts.” The app contains over 90 features such as background removal tools for easy collaging and an ‘Inspiration Library’ to track and save your style inspiration. You can also take a peek at your ‘Style Stats’ and see how often you wear your pieces. This can be particularly helpful when looking for clothing to donate and what holes you need to fill in your wardrobe. Visit their website to see the app in action!
4. Smart Closet (Free)
With Style Closet, you can upload your own pictures or search the database for items like those in your closet. Their database is very extensive and easy to filter, and the images are linked to actual items, so you can see the designer/brand, price, and retailer of each piece. With your images, you can create looks and share them on the app and gather inspiration from other outfits displayed on the app. You also have more control over outfit suggestions and you can filter generated outfits by clothing item (t-shirts, pants, etc). Smart Closet also has a shopping feature where you can add clothing items to your favourites list.
5. Closet+ (Free)
Self proclaimed as “the Swiss Army Knife of styling assistants,” Closet+ lets you access your closet on the go and view WHAT you wore WHEN and WHERE. This is one of the fastest wardrobe organising apps with a clean and simplistic interface. It’s closet organising system is also particularly helpful as you can create your own tagging systems (size, colour, in need of mending/altering/dry cleaning, etc). Closet+ also allows you to create multiple closets—so you can organise by season or if you actually have multiple closets!
Samantha is an American studying in Singapore with a passion for sustainability and strong belief in expressive style. When she isn't doing school work, you can find her casually writing or thrifting!