I Tested a Clueless Style Closet App to Stop Shopping and Save Money
If you’ve ever been tempted to buy clothes online that you just don’t need, I might have found the perfect app for you.
In an effort to spend less, I’ve turned to a new virtual wardrobe on my phone that lists your clothes just like in the hit 90s movie Clueless.
You might have spotted the app, called Whering, and its founder Bianca Rangecroft showcasing the Dragon’s Den panel – and viewers went wild.
“OMG she invented Cher’s wardrobe from Clueless,” one fan said at the time.
Another added: “It’s Clueless IRL [in real life] I am obsessed”.
Although I have what I consider a small closet (especially after a storage room), I can easily forget what’s in it.
There’s no Instagram ad for a striped top that I won’t click on — even though I’ve had more than enough of it already.
But somehow, the lure of something shiny and new on my screen makes me completely forget that.
And I’m not the only one. Clothing worth an estimated £10billion hangs across the country.
Yet the average UK household spends £24.20 a week on clothes and shoes, or more than £1,000 a year.
And these days, it’s easier than ever to click and buy, with millions of people turning to buy now and pay later to fund their online shopping habits.
Frictionless shopping is just one of the ways retailers get us to spend money, along with nudges from store apps and emails about items left in your cart. .
According to Money and Mental Health, the charity created by Martin Lewis, one in eight adults spend more than they can afford online, and nearly one in four buy things they don’t need.
On average, it only takes us 16 minutes to see a product on social media and hit the buy button, according to research from investment platform Wealthify.
He estimates that around 1 million people are in debt due to their social media habit, and almost the same number unable to save money for the future.
Ellie Austin-Williams, Money Coach and Founder of This Girl Talks Money, says: “The speed and ease of making payments has increased and it’s an almost seamless process to go from seeing an item to delivering it. at your doorstep, whatever the cost.
“Cash is long gone and the absence of physical cash makes it even more difficult to associate the shopping experience with your bank account number – all it takes is a few clicks and you’ve got the excitement to know that something new is on the way for you.”
Whering is here to help you catalog your wardrobe, create stylish outfits, and make the most of what you already have.
I wanted to see if using it could help me stop shopping and save some money. Here’s how I went about it…
How Whering Works
My goal was to use the app for a month to see if it stopped me from being tempted to shop around.
I was hoping I could just turn to my own wardrobe to recreate the looks from the shiny Instagram ads with clothes I already owned.
Downloading the app was easy and you can get it for free from the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android phones.
The first step is to create your digital wardrobe, which means uploading photos of all your clothes.
You can take a photo of the item and add it, but I found it easier to take the image from existing images on retailer websites.
I scoured my previous online orders to find them, and the professional photos are much better than my own efforts.
I took photos of old favorites and closed second hand items but found many other items that I hadn’t purchased online by googling other items that I hadn’t purchased online. line.
In total, it took me about two hours.
The technology sorts your images into categories, like skirt, as well as colors and styles, like A-Line or maxi.
This information is not always correct, but you can easily change this information yourself.
You can also add more details like where you bought it to get stats like where you shop most often or what color you wear the most.
Then you can start creating outfits. You can assemble them yourself from the items you downloaded by tapping and dropping them to create a look.
It’s easy to browse your wardrobe and the outfits you’ve created and they’re placed in an Instagram-style feed that you can browse.
But the magic of Clueless style happens when you press a button — like hitting shuffle on a music playlist — and it creates an outfit for you out of clothes you already own.
You can swipe yourself to improve the suggestions, such as swapping a pair of sneakers for sandals.
With that all set up, I could log in regularly to browse my wardrobe and create outfits whenever I wanted.
How did that happen
Every time I found myself adding an item to an online cart, I hesitated and turned to the Whering app instead.
It satisfied the itch to want a new look – but without spending the money.
Whering’s Instagram style feed to view your wardrobe and browse your looks also satisfied my desire to scroll through actual Instagram fashion accounts.
In the meantime, I’m guilty of always falling for the same items – black pants and those striped tops are my Achilles heel.
So seeing that I already had more than enough on Whering kept me from buying more – on more than one occasion.
Taking or finding pictures of all my clothes was quite a commitment, although it would depend on the size of your wardrobe.
I did a bunch of posts at once, which probably took an hour or two, and added a few days when I had time.
An unexpected benefit of this cataloging was that I didn’t spend time on my phone being tempted to shop.
And it was actually quite satisfying to get organized – I had more than one “oh I love it” moment after discovering items long buried in the bottom of drawers
I also discovered a pair of pants (black, of course) that I had intended to get altered and had never taken the time to do.
I now have them ready to re-hem, so I ended up getting a brand new pair of my favorite style of pants without spending a dime.
I also rediscovered two white shirts with stains on which I had wanted to give a good scrub, but never did.
And there were at least two items that still had tags – a blazer (another favorite style) and a strappy dress – not to mention several other items that I didn’t wear regularly and had forgotten I had. .
I’ve now worn nearly all of these newly rediscovered items at least once – and it’s like having brand new clothes, with a zero price tag.
I also now use the Whering app several times a week when deciding what to wear the next day.
Using the shuffle button gives me new ideas, rather than just removing the first thing I see.
Another feature of Whering is outfit planning. You can create a look and assign it to a certain date.
I haven’t used it myself, but it might help avoid those last minute “I’ve got nothing to wear” panic buying, especially on special occasions.
In addition, you can create an image of what you wear most often, either to avoid repeating certain looks or to be able to mix them up a little more.
One feature you should avoid if you’re trying to stop shopping is Whering’s Market.
Although it does offer “pre-loved” items for sale and rental, which may be cheaper than new, it might tempt you to spend when you hadn’t expected.
After a month of using Whering, I hadn’t bought anything, so we can say that it was a success.
According to Snoop, an app that tracks your spending, I typically spend around £100 on purchases a month (compared to the UK average) and that’s mostly clothes.
So over a year I could save £1,200 if I aimed for zero spending on clothes. But let’s be honest, I don’t think I can last that long.
I have continued to use Whering and am spending less than usual so will always be saving money.
The first thing I bought since I got the app was pants, but in bright green – something I’m 100% sure I don’t already have in my wardrobe.
For anyone looking for ways to reduce expenses, Whering could be a helpful tool.
Might be worth a try if you find it hard to make impulse purchases online or find that you are now spending beyond your means due to the cost of living crisis and need to change your financial habits.
Being more aware of how my phone tempts me to spend has also prompted me to make other changes.
I turned off notifications for shopping apps and put them all in a folder called “expenses” – which makes me think before opening them. But you can just delete them completely.
I also added screen time settings, which means I can’t watch those apps or social media at certain times when I’m most tempted to spend (early evening watching TV).
Austin-Williams also recommends keeping a list of the items you want, rather than immediately hitting the buy button to give yourself time to consider the purchase.
Plus, deleting your saved payment information is one of the easiest things you can do to slow down the process of buying new things on a whim.
“Even the short time away from your device it takes to find your credit card can give you the opportunity to re-evaluate your purchasing decision and avoid an emotional or instinctive purchase that you don’t really want,” says -she.
Whering costs nothing and was also fun to use, while helping me save money. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to check out Cher’s Clueless computer in real life?
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