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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Introducing Stylebook: My Favorite Tool for Managing My Wardrobe



I've had several people ask lately how I keep my wardrobe and outfits organized, so today I'm excited to share with you one of my favorite tools for doing that--Stylebook.  You guys know I love to come up with different outfit options and try to utilize my wardrobe, and lately I've been OBSESSED with Stylebook, as it's the perrrrrrrfect app for helping me do all of that!  It houses your virtual closet and has over 90 tools and features for you to build your wardrobe, create outfits, organize your outfits, and help you get the most from your wardrobe.

Mixing and matching and utilizing my closet is now my favorite thing to do on my phone while waiting in line at the store!  Anytime, anywhere.  In line at the store, while waiting for appointments or meetings to start, and while nursing Addie.  It's so fun and easy to use, which is why I've been dying to tell you guys about it!

Even though I just called it a “tool” it’s so much fun and so easy to use that it’s actually more like a game. A game that’s really useful and practical!  Here's a peek into the app:


Mix Your Closet
With Stylebook you just snap pictures of your clothes with your phone and store them in your virtual closet. Then, use Stylebook’s tool to put together outfits and mix up your closet.

Stylebook makes it so so so so sooooooo easy to upload your clothes.  Honestly, the thought of taking pics of all of my clothes felt daunting, but once I actually did it, it was very manageable.  I laid down a white sheet, then only inputted a handful of items per day.  You can take pics straight from the app, which is even more convenient.  Before I knew it I had a bunch of clothes to play with!

Then I erase the background with Stylebook's has an awesome editing tool.  It erases the background for you!  If I took the pic against a white sheet and the item is not white, Stylebook erases the background instantly.  You can also do manual erasing with a couple more functions.  I seriously cannot stress how easy it is to erase the backgrounds with Stylebook.  When I first tried the app I told Benson over and over AND OVER how impressed I was with the ease of erasing backgrounds.

And then you can have pretty collages of your outfits like this!


Also, seeing my virtual closet and all of my pieces laid out in front of me, not tucked away in drawers or stuck between other clothes, really helps with creativity. I started using stuff that I was neglecting and saw combos I might not have seen otherwise. 


Store Outfits
Once you’ve created an outfit, you can save it for later. I LOVE seeing all of the outfits I’ve come up with laid out in front of me.


Outfits can be stored in different groups, like by occasion or type, or whatever groups you want to create. This makes getting dressed much easier! Like, if I’m trying to figure out what to wear for a low key party, rather than sifting through ALL of my outfits and mentally filtering which ones aren’t appropriate for the situation, I can search through my “Nice Casual” outfits and choose from a bunch of options in front of me.


Calendar
And THEN, just when I thought you couldn’t get more organized or make dressing any easier, Stylebook lets you take an outfit and drop it into your Stylebook calendar so that all of your outfits are planned before your every eyes. All you’ve gotta do is open your Stylebook app, look at your calendar for the day and you can see what you planned to wear—all of your pieces right in front of you!


And again, I do this in line while I'm trying to kill time or would normally be surfing Instagram for the 50th time.  Instead, I've planned my outfits for the week!  Like I said, it might as well be a game!


90 Features I Don’t Have Time to Write About
All of that makes Stylebook pretty darn fun to use!  And like I said, it’s not only fun but really EASY to use, which is a huge, huge reason I like the app so much.


But those things listed above only scratch the surface of what Stylebook offers!  Other features include logging packing lists, collecting inspiration, getting STYLE STATS.  Yeah, like how often you wore an item, how many times you wore an outfit, when you last wore it, how many outfits you created with an item, and lots more to satisfy the nerdiest of all stylish nerds.  ;)

I also used it to create my Thanksgiving packing list--the 12 Pieces, 14 Outfits post.  I planned most of that post while nursing thanks to this app!

If you want to see the other bajillion things Stylebook can do, check out the “Features” tab on Stylebook’s site.

Anyway, in case I haven’t made myself clear, this app is awesome!  There’s a good reason why I’m addicted to it.  If you want to make better use of your clothes, get organized, make it easier to get dressed, and have a new app to play with, I *highly* recommend getting Stylebook!  



Thanks to Stylebook for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are mine.  (And in case you're wondering, I bought the app myself before this collaboration with Stylebook.)

44 comments:

  1. Ok I totally just bought this app after reading your post... problem is - I have tons of stuff and having to take pictures of everything is going to be a nightmare!

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  2. I'm been wanting to organize my closet and this seems PERFECT for it. Did you photograph all of the pieces in your closet and then upload the images to the app?











    x. Sabrina // Simply Sabrina

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  3. HappinessatmidlifeTuesday, January 20, 2015

    Do you still use Go Chic or Go Home along with this?


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  4. I saw you recommended this in one of your replies to a comment and looked but not available for Android users. Huhu.

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  5. whoa! my mind is blown! I kind of feel like I have Cher's (from Clueless) amazing closet computer, which is amazing!! Thank you SO much for sharing this app! My daily dressing will be forever changed :)

    xoxo Danielle http://stylecrushdiaries.blogspot.com

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  6. I felt like that at first too, but I just laid down a white sheet and did a few pieces a day. Soon enough I had a lot of pieces from my wardrobe to play with. I also found images online if some of pieces and took screenshots with my phone.

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  7. I took pics with my phone. You can either store them on your phone then upload to the app, or you can actually take pics straight through the app. Stylebook makes it super duper duper easy to do either one.

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  8. Wow! That is so cool! I may have to buy one myself!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/?m=1

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  9. I still love the community on GCOGH but I haven't used it since Addie was born. There are a few things I miss about GCOGH, particularly seeing what other ppl are wearing, creating, and pinning. But I'm not able to use it on my phone and these days I spend a lot more time on my phone than in front of my computer (in line at stores, nursing, waiting at dr appts) so it's more convenient for me to use an app. It also feels easier for me to take pics of clothes on my phone, rather than having to upload pics from a camera/phone to my computer. But if you like the community aspect of GCOGH of course stick with that! I think both have benefits, and it just depends on which works for you.

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  10. Oh, bummer! Hopefully an Android version will be rolled out!

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  11. I adore StyleBook! I have been using it for years now. It helps knowing what you have and is so fun to create outfits without the closet shuffle. It is so funny because I just posted today about my experience with them for thier #30DaysNoShopping challenge.

    Janeane
    www.designingfrommycloset.wordpress.com

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  12. This looks like a really great way to stay on top of my closet. I am the worst about forgetting some items and wearing others non-stop!

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  13. Rachel @ Small Towns & City LiTuesday, January 20, 2015

    This sounds awesome! I'm definitely going to check this out, thanks for sharing!

    http://smalltownsandcitylights.com

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  14. I remember like four years ago when I got my first iPod touch I was obsessed with wardrobe apps like this, interesting to see that they're still aroud!

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  15. I love Stylebook too. I'm in the middle of transitioning off an old iPod touch to android smartphone and so bummed I can't have Stylebook on my phone.

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  16. Ooh, for andriod users, this looks to be one of the closest matches to app functions to Stylebook as I can find at the moment. Called: .
    My Dressing- Fashion Closet https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.mydressing.app

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  17. I am going to buy this tonight when I get home. Thanks!

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  18. Sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation -- I think I will buy it.

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  19. I just discovered this app in the last week, and it IS awesome! I'm a bit burned out from inputting all my clothes (I chose the marathon option), but it's worth it. An unexpected benefit is that I can immediately ID orphans -- and see why they're orphans. I was so embarrassed to see I had almost ninety tops (including camis, etc). Time to get rid of some things.

    Making outfits helps me realize, more than anything else, how much glut still remains after several closet purges. I can do so many looks with just a few pieces.

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  20. Oh my! This app has my name written all over it! I love Go Chic or Go Home, but it can be a bit clunky to work with sometimes, and I always wished they would make an app. Definitely checking this out!

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  21. Do you know if it uses up memory on your phone, even if pictures are taken using the app? I purchased this app several months ago and really need to use it! ....But I have a 16 GB iPhone that gets full a little too easily. :-\

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  22. Wow, this sounds amazing! I've tried several clothing remixing apps and haven't found the right one yet. Downloading it now! Thanks. :)

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  23. I have no idea, actually. Since you already have the app you could at least try taking a few pictures and seeing if/how that affects memory. You could also ask them on Instagram, Twitter, or email!

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  24. I just downloaded this app after reading this post! Super excited to try it out and see if I can use more of my closet/clothes! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. If only it were available on Android.

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  26. I use Stylebook on my iPad, and currently it uses 283 MB - with more than 400 items in it! So I think it's really moderate. And it might be less on the iPhone because the pictures are smaller.

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  27. Instead of taking screenshots, you should be able to tap photos you find online and save or copy them. Then you can easily import them in Stylebook! :-)

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  28. I'm obsessed with this app!! I took me years to add all my clothes (because to get good results I take photos with a DSLR and upload them)... But it's totally worth the effort! If you log everything you wear in the calendar, you can tell which clothes you wear often and which not (useful if you want to get rid of some items), and also which ones were the best purchases via the value per wear feature! I love this! Yes, I'm a huge nerd :-) I also love how you can recreate outfits you see on Pinterest (or PMT, hehe) and not forgetting them! On a sidenote, I use Stylebook on the iPad, because of the bigger screen.

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  29. After this post i think i need to get this app!:)

    http://www.somewherebyannika.blogspot.fi

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  30. I bought this app I while back but had a hard time photographing my clothes in a way that made removing the background easy and efficient...but maybe I'll give it another try!

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  31. Would you be able to show us how you took your pictures and made them super clear? I used a white sheet but still had a hard time getting good pictures 😔 thanks!

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  32. Just did it next to a window when the sun was still out. Nothing else to it really!

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  33. Do you know/recommend any apps that are similar to this one that are free?

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  34. I have all the pics ready to do a plaid shirt remix, but just haven't been able to edit them and whip together a post. It's coming--just not sure how long it's gonna take, haha! Usually I pair a plaid shirt with a girly necklace so I don't look too mannish.

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  35. If button ups were the new "mom" shirt as opposed to a plain t-shirt, that would be amazing! I'm in the club now. It's totally necessary to have button ups as a nursing mom. Whenever people tell me it's hard to find tops for nursing or are puzzled I'm like BUTTON UPS. BEST EVER.

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  36. Hi! I came across your blog a week back and I am now a believer!! I cant mix and match to save my life... I just have one question! Have done any post on staple items to keep in the closet? I love when you style a particular top many ways and it would be great if a post shows the basics to always have, e.g. a few scarfs and in which colors, number and colors of statement jewelry, ideal number of bottoms and in which different types... I hope that is not asking for too much!

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  37. This is so cool! I can't wait to do this. I've been looking for a good app to use to catalog clothes and put together outfits! Thank you! LOVE your blog! I read it everyday and have used so many of your ideas!!!!!!!!!

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  38. Hi Priya! Have you checked out the Wardrobe From Scratch page? There's a general list there. Also, under "Style Tips" in the menubar there are a couple of lists of my fall / fall transition favorite items that are my personal closet staples. Good luck!

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  39. I'm not sure if it's any good, but I just came across an android/play store app called My Dressing - Fashion closet. The initial app is free so it's worth a shot.

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  40. I have tried it and it sucks unfortunately :(

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  41. I committed to Closet+ after starting to use it and then everyone started posting about style book. I want to switch so badly. The taking photos part is quite daunting I agree.

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  42. I adore button ups, but I have a hard time finding some that fit - I'm a little busty, so if the shirts fit in the waist, they pull in the bust, but if I get them big enough for my chest, they are too baggy in my torso. It's the eternal struggle, haha! However, when I do find a button up that fits me well, I looove them! Like you said, they're perfect for casual and dressed up outfits, which I love! :)

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