Nothing to Wear? There’s an App for That

We all have those days when we have nothing to wear. Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration. I’ve heard that women only wear about 20 percent of the clothes in their closet. Well, I hate to admit it, but I fit that statistic. So when I was reading the local newspaper last week and I spotted an article that could possibly help me to make better use of my wardrobe, I was definitely up for the author’s suggestions. The article mentioned a few apps that can help you put outfits together using your existing clothes. What a genius idea! I decided it was worth trying.

I downloaded the free app Pureple. Here’s how it works:


Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel taking photos of dark jeans and black-and-white striped shirt using her smartphone

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel sitting on a couch with a blue blanket and using her smartphone

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel in a coffee shop waring dark jeans and a pink and blue flannel and light brown booties

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel in a coffee shop writing on a chalkboard and reading a newspaper wearing dark jeans and a pink and blue flannel shirt

  • First, you take pictures of all of your clothes. This took FOREVER! There is also the option to use pictures from websites, so if you do a lot of online shopping, it would be easy to grab a professional photo of an item at the time of purchase. But for the clothes sitting in your closet now that may not have photos online, you’ll have to do a home photo shoot. A light, uniform background works best.
  • Once you have all of the pictures on your phone, you can start creating outfits. This was super easy, I started by picking one of my favorite plaid shirts and clicked “Suggest outfit for this.” After that, I was able to combine other pieces from my wardrobe to wear with it. For example, the app suggested dark jeans and tan shoes. You can also select accessories and even makeup to go with an outfit. If you don’t like how an item looks, you can swipe for a new suggestion. When you’re happy with the result, you can save the outfit.
  • Then you simply continue to put items together until you have a nice catalog of outfits that you already own. And you can access the app anytime, anywhere. I had fun creating a variety of different looks while sitting on the couch!

Of course, the app does make some mistakes. For instance, it picked out a khaki skirt with a tunic top. So beware that not all options work together. The best revelation, though, was that the app created several outfits that I would have never thought of before. That means I’ll be wearing more than 20 percent of my clothes in the future. It also saves me a lot of time while getting ready in the morning.

Rachel Pella, CM Blog writer

Photography by Maria Castellon


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2 thoughts on “Nothing to Wear? There’s an App for That”

  1. What a great app! Thank you for letting us know about such a fun idea! I love the outfit it put together for you. 🙂

  2. This is awesome! I’ve seen a couple of apps like this out there and have been wanting to try one. It’s nice to know they work well, and it would be fun to see what it decides to put my favorite shirts with. Thanks for posting!!

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