You go shopping for new clothes, but all the clothes you pick out are similar to the ones that you already own. Does this situation sound familiar to you? This happens to me all the time. To buy less and shop better, I started tracking my past purchases and organizing my clothes digitally. Creating a digital closet organizer is a great way to shop less and buy better. Next time you go shopping, you can scan through your virtual closet and do a quick check before buying duplicates. Supporting sustainable fashion isn’t that difficult after all! Below are my favorite methods to create a digital closet organizer!
Create A Digital Closet Organizer to Buy Less and Shop Better
EXCEL is by far my favorite way to create a digital closet organizer. I love EXCEL for many reasons. One, it’s user friendly. Second, it’s free. Third, I can easily maintain this EXCEL sheet on my phone using Google Doc. So how do you create a digital closet organizer using EXCEL? In this spreadsheet, I create a table with columns: “Category”, “Color”, “Style”, “Material”, “Weather”, and “Links to official pictures”. Before I purchase new clothes, I just filter and search my digital closet organizer to see if I own a similar item already.
When you create this spreadsheet, it will be helpful to add these additional columns:
Brands/Designers: A good way to track your favorite clothing brands and fashion designers. This will help you shop more efficiently!
Purchased Date: When you give away an item from your closet remove it from your active spreadsheet or relocate the item to a separate tab called “Old Clothes”, this way you’ll be able to see which items in your closet end up being most loved and/or used.
Price: Combined with the purchase date, adding this column can let you approximate the cost per wear or the quality of the item. Upon reviewing your spreadsheet, you may find that the oldest item is actually a cheap t-shirt you got from Wholefoods, but not the expansive tank you got from BCBGeneration. This is a great way to discover what you actually gravitate toward on a daily basis.
If you are a visual person, you may want to create a visual closet on Pinterest. This is pretty easy – you just pin all the clothes you own and tag them with relevant keywords. If you can’t find the item on Pinterest, you can just take a picture and upload it to the site!
If you want to take one step further and visualize the “fit” of the clothes, the best way to do this is to take a picture of yourself in it. This definitely takes A LOT OF time and patience, but I know a lot of Redditors love their visual closets and highly recommend it. Not quite for me because I am too lazy, but a lot of other people do it and love this!
UPDATES: After reading a couple comments on my Instagram, I would say I didn’t include a lot of other popular platforms such as Polyvore. However, I still gravitate toward EXCEL because it’s easy to use and lets you document information such as purchased date and price.
I’ve worn this white top multiple times to create different outfits. You can see it here, here and here.
After ordering and returning different cameras, I finally decided on a Sony A7 ii and a 35mm f1.4 lens. I was torn between 85mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4, but I went with the shorter focal length for more background. If you are also seeking for an all-purpose prime lens, I would highly recommend 35mm f1.4 because this is good for both street and landscape photos. I can’t wait to shoot with my new camera. Meanwhile, please support my friend Iris Kim (IG@iriskimphotography) for more awesome pics!
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Top :: The Reformation (Old, Similar here)
Bottom :: LIBE (Vietnamese Brand)
Sunnies :: Gentle Monster Fame 02(E) , I am also eyeing this