A Simple Technology Hack to Help Master Your Wardrobe

You Don’t Have to Love Fashion to Care About Your Clothes

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Getting started with the SYW app is easy

The first step in using SYW is to create a digital version of your wardrobe. You can do this in two ways: 1) by taking pics of the items in your wardrobe in the app or uploading pics from your phone’s camera feed and 2) by giving SYW permission to scan your email for online purchase receipts. I opted to take pics of items in my closet. But I plan to test the option to have SYW check my email for online purchase receipts because this feature fully complies with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). I don’t foresee any significant data risks.

Shop less to save yourself time and money

With SYW, you can view your wardrobe anytime, anywhere from the palm of your hand. While shopping, you no longer have to rely on your memory for details about the clothes, shoes, and accessories you own because you can look them up in the app in real-time. Ultimately this saves me time and makes me a smarter shopper.

Doing your bit for the planet

Keeping and wearing your clothes for as long as possible is the kindest thing you can do for the planet. Clothing consumption statistics are shocking; on average, Americans are throwing away 81 pounds of textiles per person per year. And the impact of the fashion industry on the climate is awful. The industry’s CO₂ emissions projections show an increase of more than 60% by 2030. If the industry continues on its current path, by 2050, it could use more than 26% of the total global carbon budget. Doing your part to reduce the amount of clothing you throw away really is a vote for the planet.

For skeptical technology users like me — take note

  • Save Your Wardrobe is based in the UK, and the app complies with EU standards for data protection. For Americans, this should be a sigh of relief, as those standards are far more stringent than any data protection policies we have in the States.
  • The Save Your Wardrobe team is committed to keeping the app 100% free to users forever. A premium version will launch in the future but will add features, not take any away from the free version.
  • The app contains zero sponsored content, no ads, and no home screen alerts.
  • SYW thoroughly vets service partners listed in the app. They are resources for app users to access, but you don’t have to use them, and they can’t contact you.
  • The app’s roadmap includes a paid SYW membership for companies/brands, which will give them access to quantitative data (not personal data)and won’t enable ads or the ability to communicate with or advertise to app users.

SYW isn’t perfect, but I’m here for the long haul

I admit that I don’t use SYW daily, but I’m a massive fan of being able to view, filter, and sort my wardrobe without standing in my closet. That alone has sold me on SYW as a useful tool and worthy of residing on my iPhone.

Writing about Fashion, Spirituality, Business & Psychology via my research & life experiences. These topics intersect more often than you might expect.

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