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REVIEW: Cladwell – A Personal Capsule Creator

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Cladwell.com is a web app that helps you automatically generate a custom capsule wardrobe plan based on your lifestyle needs and preferences.

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In this post I’m going to share:

  • How Cladwell works
  • Video: Watch Me Create a Mom Capsule in Under 10 Minutes
  • Pros and Cons of Cladwell
  • An alternative to Cladwell that saves you time

How Cladwell Works

You sign up for a quarterly subscription to Cladwell on their website.

It costs $5/month, billed quarterly. 

As you’ll see in my video preview, it’s easy to create a capsule plan that provides balance.

You plug in your lifestyle details, fashion preferences, and color palette. Cladwell then gives you a gallery of suggested pieces to buy.

WATCH ME CREATE A MOM CAPSULE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES

SCREENSHOTS

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here are some screenshots:

Pros & Cons

Cons

  • Lack of specificity about clothing pieces. The clothing pieces they suggest are very general, such as “button down blouse” or “jeans.” There are simply icons representing the pieces, not actual clothing items. At least personally, I enjoy more clear examples of what to buy because I do well copying fashion that I like rather than coming up with my own cohesive style.

  • Very few shopping options provided. There’s a good reason for this–Cladwell encourages ethical shopping, so they feature only businesses that meet this criteria. However, this may make it more difficult to locate pieces and afford what you need to get.
  • Minimal guidance on how to combine clothes to create outfits. While there is an outfit section, it is dependent on users submitting their photos. Currently there are not many photos available to browse. This may grow more quickly when the mobile app launches. Uploading photos on the computer may just be too much work for most users.
  • A few technical glitches. It seemed I need to refresh the page any time I made changes to the wardrobe before I’d see the changes. (Not a big deal, though.)

Pros

  • The capsule plan is created based on YOUR weekly activities, broken down by neat categories: Active, At Home, Date Night, Party, Social, Weekend, Work, Worship.
  • You’re encouraged to shop your own closet first.
  • There is a focus on buying less and enjoying high re-mixability within your wardrobe.
  • The plan is editable.
  • Affordable. You pay $15 for 3 months (a season) of access to Cladwell. That’s $5/month to bring order and direction to your wardrobe. It could be a good investment if you already have a handle on your style. 

An Alternative to Cladwell

One of the biggest cons of Cladwell is you have come up with your own list of essentials. 

You also need to come up with your own outfits. 

In contrast, the Frump Fighters Interactive platform does ALL the planning for you. 

It will give you a closet list of essentials, while letting you add more items if you’d like. You can customize the image for each item with pictures from your own closet.

It also creates all the outfits for you in advance, so you just have to toggle a button to see how each basic outfit combination looks with the clothes from YOUR closet.

Check out some of the amazing features: