The Cladwell capsule app that helps you build a wardrobe tailored to you. It helps you avoid a closet stuffed full of clothes that you won’t wear. I came to Cladwell because I lead a very busy life from a very small space. I’m always trying to make it easier. The app also promises to direct you towards ethical, sustainable clothing sources, which went right along with my recently kindled interest in slow fashion.
Cladwell App: A Review
The Cladwell Process
The basic process for creating your wardrobe with Cladwell is picking a color palate, picking a style, and indicating what activities you regularly participate in. At this point, your wardrobe list is generated. You shop you closet first and then actually buy items to fill in the gaps. Possibly, you will donate a whole lot of clothes that you don’t need to Goodwill.
You can pick any colors that you want for your color palate, but they recommend taking a short quiz to find out the colors that will look best on you and that all coordinate with each other. I tried picking my own and they didn’t coordinate. I tried doing the colors they recommended and, of course, didn’t use some of my favorites. However, making a few tweaks worked pretty well.
There are eight styles to choose from, which isn’t a lot, but they had bohemian, so I was happy. The neat thing about the style is that when your choose clothes for the activities, Cladwell suggests which items support that style. The not as awesome thing about it is that when I received my wardrobe list, not many, if any, of the items were for my style. I’m completely puzzled by that one.
The activities were my major hang-up. I don’t know if I ever figured out how to do that properly. You choose which activities you do, such as “At Home”, “Date Night”, “Work”, etc. You can also add custom activities. You tell Cladwell how often you do that activity. They give you a list of suggested items for that activity, and you choose the ones you want. I just choose anyone that I might conceivably use for any given thing. This may have been too many; I’m not sure. For example, I chose rompers and jumpsuits on a whim, but my list told me to get more than one of each of them. I guess I should have stuck to things I’ve had success wearing already. I misunderstood the nature of the shopping suggestions and thought they were actually going to find me a bohemian romper in my size.
The promise of ethical clothing vendors convinced me to try the Cladwell capsule app. I’m not at all happy that none of the vendors carried items in my size. Not. One. And I went through quite meticulously (although almost none of them could be searched by size, and some of them required measurements that I didn’t know.) A few companies went up to size 16, and most stopped at 10 or 12. That’s a large population who will be mighty disappointed if this was a selling feature for them. However, as my husband pointed out, this is not really Cladwell’s fault; it’s the industry’s fault. Still, I would like to have known about it before I shelled out my $15.
It costs $5 a month to use Cladwell and you sign up for three months. I don’t mind paying this small fee to help fund a good app, but I can’t see myself paying for it over a long span of time. Some people create seasonal capsule wardrobes. Even if I were interested in doing that, I’d want to do it and have it done, not go on indefinitely.
I wish they would offer a free trial version that showed you exactly what you were paying for. They could easily have you pick one color, fill it one activity, and generate a list of a couple items. I looked pretty extensively at the FAQ and other information on the site before signing up and I still didn’t have a really clear idea what I was paying for.
It’s a cool app, but I kind of want my money back. I thought that it was going to ask my body type and make recommendations based on that–it doesn’t. Confusingly, the version for guys apparently does. I thought they were going to ask more lifestyle questions, like,”Are you a mom? Here are some ethical clothing options that DONT’T have to be dry cleaned every time someone poops on you and that AREN’T made of silk that will get stuck on someone’s velcro shoe fifty times a day.” The app has promise, but I don’t think it’s there yet. I feel like I could have just used the time I spent doing it to clean my closet, which still needs doing, so…I’ll chat with you again later!
PS–Despite my dissatisfaction