Capsule Remix & the Stylebook App

I’ve been asked about how I go about selecting what I am going to wear for the week in my Capsule Remix. I have been using the Stylebook App for a while and have most of my clothes entered in the app. Polyvore is great for creating outfits but doesn’t help when trying to keep track of when I wore an outfit or a single piece of clothing and doesn’t keep track of Cost-per-Wear.

Let’s take my beloved Tory Burch Cropped Skinny Jeans.

Since I have purchased them I have worn them approximately 11 times. I know there were times when I just threw them on at the last minute to run an errand so I didn’t count those days. I’ve created 14 different outfits with them. I originally paid $185 but the CPW has been brought down to $16.81. That will go even lower as these are my go-to jeans. There’s a Notes and Tags box that is free-form so you can add anything you want in that section. 

As far as picking what I’m going to wear, I find something I like and want to wear and then build around it. Right now, I’m trying to add at least one item I either haven’t worn in a while or never worn (and still with tags in my closet). The first week were several of my current favorite pieces. This week has been about dressing for the cold and rain we had. Once I have everything picked out and outfits or Looks put together I stick to it for the week.

Here’s a glance at the Looks I’ve created.

Here is the first week’s main Look with all the pieces I planned to wear, including those TB Jeans.

From this main Look, I created all the outfits I could with the bottoms.
From that Look I created individual Looks, complete with Shoes. 
With the exception of a few days, My Calendar has been pretty full for the month of May. Creating a Look doesn’t count towards the CPW. You have to add it to the Calendar for it to be calculated. You’ll see at the bottom of the image my Most Worn (TB Robinson Open Dome) and Best Value (Express White Jeans) for the month. (Today is not filled in as it’s Laundry Day.) If I can wear an outfit 5 days a week then I think I’m pretty successful with this Remix.
You can add or remove Categories & Sub-Categories from your Closet. I’ve even created a Closet section for Sold/Returned/For Sale items. I want to be able to keep track of that so I know why I sold or returned an item (fit, color, didn’t wear, Husband hated). I use the free-form text box to add why I removed that item from my closet. 
When I purchase something new, I create Looks for that item within the first week. That helps me decide whether or not to keep it. And it also helps me to wear it right away. 
Here’s a glance at my “Black & White” Week. I am going to be pretty busy running errands and prepping for two graduation parties so I’ll need dressy and casual. Laundry may take a back-seat that week so I’ve added a few extra pieces just-in-case I can’t get to the laundry. It will also help me stick to just these items. I may switch this to the week prior, but for now I have it set up for the last week of May. My reasoning for a week like this was because I don’t wear this color combo unless it’s already patterned for me, like the Carrie Dress in Big Dot. I’ve not worn the Silk Crepe Maxidress with my White Linen Perfect Shirt, tied at the waist, so there’s another option. This Capsule is pushing me out of my comfort zone of bright color. All pieces seem to have some visual interest but the Maxidress will require a necklace at least. 
It’s sooooo easy to just throw on shorts and a sloppy tee everyday since I work from home. This Capsule Remix keeps me from doing that. Something I’ve noticed is that I feel great all day and it’s motivated me to start working out and eating better again. It’s also a little less stressful, now that I am no longer standing in front of my closet every day figuring out what to wear. If Husband wants to meet for Happy Hour or have a date night, I’m already dressed or can pull something together from that week’s pieces. Easy-Peasy!
I’m sure there are other apps and programs out there but the Stylebook App is what works for me. My favorite feature, by far, is the Cost-Per-Wear tracking. I will buy items at full-price and this helps me keep track of how many times I’ve worn it. And then eventually decide if it needs to go to a better home if I’m not wearing it enough. 
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  1. May 16, 2014 / 11:53 pm

    This app is amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. May 17, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    I have not used this app, but I'm excited to try it – thanks for the info! A little worried it could consume too much of my time, but hopefully beyond the initial setup and getting all of my clothes added it should be easy breezy. 🙂

  3. May 17, 2014 / 7:08 pm

    You are super organized!!! WOW. Thank you so much for sharing all the benefits to this app. I'm excited to start using this app I downloaded a few years ago….

  4. May 20, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    I've been using this app for a few years now but you definitely put it to better use. I like to keep track of what I'm wearing in the calendar app and checking out the cost per wear. I like to see how low I can get that number with some of my wardrobe MVPs. These past two weeks, I've planned out my outfits for the work week and put them in the app. I have to say, I should probably keep doing that because it definitely takes the headache out of getting dressed in the morning.

  5. May 23, 2014 / 10:55 am

    I have not been able to find this app in my app store. Could you provide a little more identifying information for it?

  6. May 23, 2014 / 10:57 am

    I have not been able to find this app in my app store. Could you provide a little more identifying information for it?