- Provides statistics on how often certain items are worn
- Allows users to keep track of what they wear each day via the calendar feature
- Provides a digital version of a user’s closet
- It takes a long time to chronicle a closet
- Erasing the background on uploaded items doesn’t work well
Stylebook will give users relevant statistics on how often they wear certain items or outfits, but takes a long time to set up and has deleting the backgrounds on items doesn't work as advertised.
After getting out of bed in the morning, figuring out what to wear can sometimes be the next greatest struggle; and for the fashion focused, choosing the right outfit is key. That’s where the Stylebook App comes in; a lifestyle app designed to help users organize their closets, track style inspiration, and even pack for vacations.
It’s compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices running iOS 4.3 or later and is priced at $3.99 in the Apple App store, at the time of the review. Stylebook for iOS will benefit anyone looking to keep their closet up-to-date or that just can’t seem to recall everything packed inside. For those who want a place to keep track of style inspiration and keep a visual notebook of every top, bottom, shoe and accessory they own, the Stylebook App may disappoint.
In order to get the maximum benefits of this app, users must first digitally catalogue their closets. The process is simple enough; just take a picture of an item, upload it to the app, erase the background and select the proper category (tops, bottoms, shoes, dresses, accessories, bag) and sub category (ranging from t-shirts and blouses to heels and sandals).
Users may also create their own categories and subcategories and enter information about an item such as color, fabric, size, brand and price. While it’s a relatively simple process, it takes a painstakingly long time to actually chronicle an entire closet. The amount of time it takes will obviously vary based on the amount of items a user has, but it’s a repetitive process that gets old quickly. The good news is it only needs to be done once, and adding future items won’t be as time consuming.
A Digital Closet
One of the main uses for the Stylebook app is to provide consumers with a visual representation of their closet in an easy-to-sift-through digital environment. Once a user takes a picture of an item, the app allows the background to be deleted, so users essentially see a hanging image of the item, similar to what fashion magazines and websites put together.
The problem is that the background doesn’t always erase cleanly and, while it varies from item to item, in most cases splotches of the background were still visible. There is an edit function to manually erase the background, but it doesn’t work much better. Because of the poor image uploading, creating looks and putting together different outfits isn’t as user friendly as it could be. Users can create an outfit by choosing the genre of look they want to create (day, work, evening, formal etc.), then users can add various clothing items from different categories via a sliding bar at the bottom of the screen. The items in the sliding bar are small and it can be difficult to tell apart different tops or pairs of jeans.
What the Stylebook app excels at is its calendar feature and style stats. The app allows users to upload specific “looks” to the calendar feature. Users can upload more than one look per day, allowing for a work look and an evening look on the same day. The calendar allows users to view what they’ve worn on specific days, so as not to repeat outfits for certain days or events.
The app also does an analytic review of a user’s closet. Assuming a user creates and uploads their daily looks to the calendar feature regularly, the app keeps track of how many times a single item has been worn and how many different looks it appears in. The style stats will automatically keep track of the top 10 most and least worn items and looks. The app also keeps a folder of items not used in an outfit and not recorded on the calendar, signaling it may be time to take those to the thrift shop.
The Stylebook app features a size tracker, which allows users to enter their chest, waist, inseam and shoe sizes for easy access on the go. Users can also purchase clothing from various online retailers directly from the app or add items to a wish list. Additionally, the app features packing lists, allowing users to easily see the items they own and add them to a list designated for a specific trip without having to shuffle through the closet.
The Stylebook app is geared toward women, but Stylebook Men is also available for download for $3.99 in the App Store, and is designed to organize a man’s closet.