It’s back to school! It’s Fashion Week! It’s no longer 90 degrees and 80% humidity! All together, it’s time again to get dressed for real. In honor of the changing season, and the renewed to chance to get more out of our closets, we put together the five best apps — some of which are even free — to memorialize your wardrobe in mobile form and remind you how to put it all together:
Cloth, which co-founder Seth Porges originally created as a side project, is one of the cleanest, easiest to use, and most logical closet organization apps available for both saving and sharing looks. The app is free, an in-app $.99 upgrade makes it possible to pull up cataloged outfits according to real time weather conditions. Cloth is currently available for the iPhone.
Like Cloth, Looks makes it easy to photograph outfits and assign them to categories that you create. The free app also offers a private chat function, so you can consult with friends (even if they haven't got Looks downloaded). Looks launched last week for the iPhone, with an Android version on the way.
As the name implies, Stylitics lets you run analysis on your closet (as well as share and discover looks), allowing users to tag outfits according to utility and color, along with the price and number of times worn. The idea is to help you get organized and simultaneously track your spending. We're not sure if we can download this when it launches; we might be horrified at what we learn. On the other hand, Rebecca Minkoff is on the company's advisory board, so it'll be a fashionable awakening. Stylitics will launch mid-month for iPhone and Android.
Wardrobe Journal, like the others on this list, offers users a way to photograph and record outfits and clothing items. How this more businesslike, $.99 option stands out is with its particular notations, which let you add dates to your looks, so you can either remember when you wore them or when you will in the future, along with ratings based on an outfit's feedback, and even who you saw while wearing it (and, presumably, whether they reacted positively or not). The app is currently available for the iPhone.
I Wear is free to test and add a few looks; and in-app $1.99 purchase lets you upload an unlimited wardrobe. What's different here is the showroom feature, which makes it possible to remove the background from items you've photographed, so you can drag and drop a number of different looks together, all within the app itself. I Wear is currently available for the iPhone.