Happy Friday! I’ve successfully made it through the first week of summer break and now there’s only 7 weeks to go (who’s counting right?). For those of you who have followed along with the Styled by Erika series, this is the final installment. And in my opinion, it’s the most important. I’ve walked you through learning from your shopping mistakes, styling by age, how to elevate your look, choosing a color palette – and everything in between. Last but not l wanted to give you the valuable tools needed to maximize your wardrobe. Now that you have a defined style and have chosen your color palette, this part should be easy.
Believe it or not, prior to having Rylie in 2014, I mainly wore dresses to work out of laziness and not wanting to put on more than one piece of clothing. As I’ve said before, something about that pregnancy changed me. I was tired of feeling like I had no style so I turned to my dear friend Pinterest for help.
How to use the StyleBook App to Maximize Your Wardrobe
StyleBook is pretty much the real life equivalent of Cher Horowitz’ closet in the movie Clueless. Essentially you can take pictures of all of your clothing and accessories and build outfits within the app and save them for future reference. But what’s even cooler is you can also import “inspiration” photos from Pinterest or the web. Or if you’re too lazy to photograph every item of clothing you own, uploading your inspiration looks based upon clothing you already own is another quicker alternative.
Why would anyone want to spend so much time doing this? Well, this app also keeps track of how many times each piece is used in a look so it gives you a look into how much you’re wearing particular pieces in your closet. There is also a feature that allows you to input the price of the item and it gives you an actual cost per wear which is great when planning future clothing budgets.
Prior to using this app, I thought I was wearing different items but really was wearing the same outfit with different shoes again and again. Not that there’s anything wrong with that though. However, this app really forced me to see how many ways I could wear certain items and get creative. Again, Pinterest is a great resource for this.
For example: you purchase a pair of red shorts that you have to have. Once you get them home and wear them with a striped tee like you had seen on the mannequin at the store, they sit in the back of your closet for 6 months.
With StyleBook, you can see that you’ve only worn your red shorts once in the past 6 months. This will spark you to get a better cost per wear out of your item. You log into Pinterest and search “red shorts outfit”. Suddenly your Pinterest feed is flooded with 35 different ways to wear red shorts. 13 of these looks you can recreate with clothes you already own.
This app can really help you to maximize your wardrobe to it’s fullest potential. Initially it will be a bit of a time investment, but in general it can lead to huge monetary savings. I don’t know about you all, but I like to save a dollar or two whenever I can 🙂 This can also be incredibly helpful when trying to plan a capsule wardrobe.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this series! If there are any other topics you’d like to see me cover in future posts please comment below. Also, if you love these posts and want to stay up to date please subscribe.