Oct 6, 2017

Fashion App Review for Cladwell & One Caution for Subscription

Hi guys!

This week, I am testing out a new fashion app that set out to revolutionize how we do Capsule Wardrobes!! I saw this app mentioned on Audrey's website 'Putting Me Together' and wondered what it was like. ( Link ) I had abandoned most of my previous fashion apps because I switched phones between Apple and Android and really missed the 'Randomize' function in Closet+ which only works for iPhones. I have an iPad but there is no service available for it!

I started out with their 3 day trial. To cut to the chase, I really see a potential in their app being able to help me from 'Compulsive Shopping' and 'Retail Therapy'... :) because Cladwell shows me so many outfit options from what I have. I spent 7 hours today logging 144 items and it is showing me something 102k outfits! Imagine! 102,000 different outfits SITTING IN MY HOME CLOSET!!

My real motivation for writing though is to save you potential frustration. And to give you a fair warning before you go ahead and log all your clothing pieces and before you subscribe. I spent the last hour and a half to two hours, only to realize that Cladwell's current service settings are not fully converted between desktop users and iPad users. My desktop is Android based, not Apple. And Cladwell's app runs on iOS/iTunes. And the way their services is set up is not clearly shown on their website. I really wish they had a page that gave us a diagram of their services functions and features...

To relate what I know thus far...
I initially subscribed with my everyday email and they said that the free trial is for 3 days. I used the app for one day and decided to quit it before getting charged on my credit card. I had signed up for their service on my desktop, then downloaded their app from Playstore on iPad. So far, so good.

Well. I read a blog post that had some neat tips on how to use Cladwell to optimize your wardrobe, and decided to subscribe again. But I wanted to use my work email for this... but because I went straight to my iPad this time, I ended up creating a new account from iTunes. If you are an iTunes user, be warned!!! If you don't want to pay for your Cladwell service, quit within the first 48 hours of subscribing. Apparently, iTunes policy is really specific and Cladwell can't do anything about it.

I noticed that when I signed up from my desktop, the monthly subscription was $7.99, or 6 months for $5.99 per month, or yearly plan for $3.34 per month.

when I subscribed from my iPad... 
I got the 3 free trial days yes... but... this time, they were showing a 'weekly' subscription!! Whoa-!! At first, I wondered if I was being offered this because I was a returning subscriber or something... But after a lot of digging around... I found that Cladwell's services are running on completely different platforms. 

The weekly subscription was not available from my desktop account, ONLY on my iPad (iOS) account... And it goes for $2.99 each week. I think as a newcomer, the weekly service is a nice mid-step offered. When you try something for the first time, you don't know how much the service is going to be worth to you... So... going from the 3 day (2 days technically) free trial to a weekly, then monthly or annually made a lot of sense. And it really gives great flexibility to the users! 

Here is what I currently understand of the two different platforms based services by Cladwell, in a chart form:

As you can see, from the desktop side, the weekly subscription was not possible.
And from the Apple's iOS or iTunes side, the monthly subscription paid for 6 months was not possible. 

I don't have an iPhone so I don't know how this factors in for the subscriptions via iPhone. But, so far, regarding the website's structure, Logging in part also had an interesting flow. 

I could register from my Desktop, then login to my app on iPad. However, the reverse was not possible due to iTunes restrictions I think. 

To back up what I have gathered above, here are two screen captures from the Support section I read tonight that clarified Cladwell's services and features. (Link) As you will see, Cladwell DID refund the money and was supportive to the client. But I think the info I detailed above could have been explained more transparently on their main website. Maybe include a full page on how they are operating... so users can make the BEST CHOICE regarding their services.

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To end on a positive note...

I still feel great hopes for Cladwell working for me!
I did the math... and my annual subscription which I got just prior to writing this blog post... comes down to a $1 USD per month. 

Annual Subscription $39.99 divided by 12 months is $3.3325 which I think they rounded up to $3.34 on their main page. 

$3.3325 divided by 4 weeks is $0.833125 for each week. In my home currency (Korean won), that equates to about 955 won which for local mind is a US 1 dollar. I think paying a dollar each week for Cladwell might be totally worth it... 

I love the excitement of seeing new ways of mixing and combining my clothes displayed on Cladwell app. I did try out a similar service called Lookastic.com but their outfit suggestions didn't inspire me as much. I prefer the clean layout and style aesthetic of Cladwell. (Sorry Lookastic!)

And here are two screen captures for Cladwell's beatifully streamlined outfits for me!! The first one is a list of my 144 items. My clothes here are 'good enough approximations' to what I really have!

Secondly, here are the incredible 102,000 outfits Cladwell is showing me!! Just from what I own!! I can totally shop from my own closet now~!! There are so many outfit combinations I haven't tried yet and that really really excites me!! 

OK. So...
For those of you style savvy yet shrewd money managers reading this! Give it a go~!! Especially shouting out to those of your who are doing Project 333 or taking Jill Chivers' 'My Year Without Clothes Shopping' program... I heartily recommend you to explore this new app! Cladwell website: http://www.cladwell.com

Love & Gratitude from Seoul, Korea,
Jessica Flatshoenista

Aug 14, 2017

Style Finding Made Easy - by Truth is Beauty

Hi readers!

One of my blog commenters left me a really cool link...
You can easily find style references... from her site!


Love this contemporary look.
It works for any city! London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Seoul, New York...!

A more feminine styling... but still polished...
Yet nothing too gaudy... Understated elegance! :)

Ah... An all time favorite...
Uber comfort... Super cute... Takes you anywhere!!

More pins gathered here:

Aug 4, 2017

The Denim Skirt Video

Hi all~~

Here's a video styling a shortish denim skirt with a shirt (or a denim jacket)!
Happy styling for the Summer!!

Jessica Flatshoenista

May 1, 2017

[Column] Create Your Own Style Principle 9. Decide On Your Core Wardrobe Colors

20 Ways to Create Your Own Style Series #09

Principle 9. Decide On Your Core Wardrobe Colors

Today let's talk about choosing a core color for your wardrobe.

What is a Core Wardrobe Color?

For each Adler Lifestyle identity, there is a good neutral color that can help you build your wardrobe and express your individual beauty. The Pleasing Seeking Lifestyle does well with Spring-like fresh, vibrant colors, while the Comfort Seeking Lifestyle does well in soothing and calm palettes. The Superiority Seeking Lifestyle can be fashion forward in exotic and rich colors, and the Control Seeking Lifestyle looks dignified in high contrast and highly pigmented colors.

The Core Wardrobe Color helps you anchor your wardrobe's visual direction. As most Koreans have dark hair colors, the primary base neutral color that is recommended for them is a dark neutral color. As hair color is one of the most dominant features in your physical appearance, repeating it in your outfit creates a sense of unity and instantly creates polish. Below are some visuals to drive home this point.

Picture 1. When Non-Hair Colors Are Used in an Outfit

Image Source: From Irenee Riter's homepage in 2011.

Picture 2. When Hair Color is Repeated in an Outfit

Image Source: From Irenee Riter's homepage in 2011.

Picture 3. Whatever the Fashion Item, Repeated Hair Color Anywhere in Your Outfit Creates Cohesiveness, Visual Unity, and Adds Polish 

Image Source: From Irenee Riter's homepage in 2011.

Of course, in Adler Fashion Coaching we are not defaulting to black for everyone based on the pigment of your hair color. I am hereby introducing some good options for a Core Wardrobe Color in a Dark Neutral for each of the Adler Lifestyles.

Best Core Wardrobe Colors for Each Adler Lifestyle

Best Dark Neutral Color for Pleasing Lifestyle - French Navy
French Navy is a great core wardrobe color for the Pleasing and Pleasure Seeking Lifestyle. This navy is dark enough yet more cheerful than a regular navy blue.

Best Dark Neutral Color for Comfort Lifestyle - Slate Gray
Comfort Seeking Lifestyle looks great in quietened, grayed colors, but the slate gray is a great choice for Asians. It is cooler than a charcoal and more subdued than a navy. Anchoring your wardrobe in this color will make coordination super easy for this type. This color is especially recommended because when mixed with a darkened silver, suddenly the combination produces a stylish and dressy look.

Best Dark Neutral Color for Superiority Lifestyle - Olive
For the Superiority Seeking Lifestyle, olive is a great year round core wardrobe color. Many people associate this color with a casual item like cargo pants or military style jacket, but actually depending on the fabric, it can actually translate into something quite exotic and luxurious especially when done with a little sheen. While olive is not as cheerful or demure as the two previous Lifestyles, when paired with the correct jewelry and hairstyle for this Lifestyle, and with a silhouette that gives some waist definition, it can produce a glamorous and sexy femininity.

Best Dark Neutral Color for Control Lifestyle - Jet Black
There is actually a range of blacks when you examine it closely. Off black, ink black, warm black, and cool black. The type of black that benefits the Control Seeking Lifestyle the most is a Jet Black. Wearing something other than a jet black or ebony black may result in feeling out of place and somewhat shabby for this Lifestyle. Therefore the black must be at its 100% strength. With repeat washes, a pair of black jeans may lose its level of blackness over time. It is recommended that you either buy a new pair to replace it or to re-dye it to its original condition.

Summer Core Wardrobe Colors for Each Lifestyle
So far, we have looked at a dark neutral color that can benefit your wardrobe year round. As the Summer months are arriving, here are some light neutrals for each Lifestyle in the warmer months.

For the Pleasing and Pleasure Seeking Lifestyle, a fresh clean Snow White is a good base neutral for a Summer wardrobe.

Image Source: Naver Color Dictionary

For the Comfort Seeking Lifestyle, a go to Summer base neutral would be a Gray Sky color. It is a bluish gray on the lighter side.

Image Source: Naver Color Dictionary

The Superiority Seeking Lifestyle would do well with an ivory or light beige color. A color named Isabelline #F4F0EC would also work well for a Summer wardrobe.

Image Source: Naver Color Dictionary

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb-T10f7M7k

The Control Seeking Lifestyle will be all set with a Titanium White for a clean cut Summer wardrobe. It can't be a 'natural looking' white, it must look artificially white, industrial strength white. Or a Pure White White if you like. In the image below, the left is Pure White looking all prisitine, the center image is Snow White, and the right side is an ivory white.

Image Source: https://bodikian-textiles.com/product/off-white-polyester-spandex-satin-fabric-2-way-stretch-dull-de-lustre-under-lace-wedding-dress-satin-150cm-wide-copy-copy/

Today, we looked at some neutral color options for each Adler Lifestyle. For a year round wardrobe, find a base neutral color that is as dark or light as your hair color. And in the Summer months, have something lighter. Having a well rounded capsule wardrobe in your core wardrobe color will ensure that you have all the right pieces to create a streamlined and sleek outfit for all kinds of situations. It is preferabe to having a wardrobe full of colors that are not as cohesive. Creating sophisticated outfits will be a lot easier when you have these core wardrobe colors in place. Wishing you another stylish week!

Yours cordially,

Adler Fashion Coach, Jessica Ahn

Apr 16, 2017

Spring Outfit Ideas for Women SS2017 - Blazers & Stripes, Sap Green Color

Hi Readers!

Spring is full in its glory~
Just updating what I posted on Instagram in the past couple of weeks.

We cannot forget the lovely fresh chic that Gossip Girl star
Blake Lively sported. Gossip Girl may be gone, but Style Remains!

Spring is a great time for blazers...
We are finally out of our stuffy Winter coats and layers!

But it's still quite chilly in the mornings and evenings...
So, we really need some cover.
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Office Styling for Spring 2017

This is a slightly casual work outfit...
Keep it fresh with a white blouse, a blue skirt, a layered hairstyle~

Then, top it off with tan leather accessories,
and some gold finish in your watch and necklace~

EZ PZ :P Right?

This second one is a dressy work outfit.

Exude elegance and grace with this sophisticated set.

Navy sleeveless blouse with belted flowy pants, gives you an elongated silhouette.
Wear your hair in a low chic Chignon...

Wear navy sandals in modern, edgy grid details...
Add an urban Dior bag and necklace with grey & dark silver details.

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My last point is the Sap Green color for Spring 2017.
Pantone chose two colors for this year.

An pink-beige color & a steady grassy green color.

For Spring however, I think a fresh Sap Green in a brighter tone is best.

Here is an outfit I just found from a Korean fashion store. (Thank you Facebook ad for recommending this site! You know my style~ now!)

What's really neat about this outfit is that each of the items are wearable with what most people own in their wardrobes. They will mix and match well and play well with other items. And yet, as an ensemble, the pieces create something very 'au courant' (of the moment)... 

Most of all, the outfit is pretty, casual, and just perfect for a Spring mood. :)

Stay classy & stylish, everyone!

Lots of Love
From Jessica Ahn

[Column] Create Your Own Style Principle 8. Stock Up On Your Hosiery!

20 Ways to Create Your Own Style Series #08

Principle 8. Stock Up On Your Hosiery!

Spring~ Spring~ Spring! Spring sunshine has begun to melt all corners of Seoul. It is still quite chilly in the mornings and evenings, so we are currently experiencing some serious desert weather.

Today, we will look at how the under appreciated *hosiery* benefits our personal style. Well employed, hosiery will affect your wardrobe with utilitarian and visual ways.

There are three utilitarian benefits of well chosen socks and hose.

First, your hosiery is a great ally to protecting your wallet. When people go on retail therapy, most opt for a new top or a bottom, maybe a dress. However, unless you spend wisely and shrewdly, it is ever so easy to justify that new gorgeous dress as a 'need' even though it was initially a 'want.' What I have observed from recording what I where daily and refraining from retail therapy over the years is that a lot of the times that I splurged BIG were those times when my 'sock and hose' drawer was not fully and appropriately stocked! This kept repeating, so I really saw a pattern here. It is so so easy to overlook the hosiery!

These days, when feel that impulse to buy something new, I go over to check my hosiery drawer. If my daily socks and nude tights look shabby and worn out, I start by disposing those. Then I check to see if I have enough hosiery for the current season and what I wear. I check if any of them need replacement. And I think of spending adequately on these as a measure of self care and defensive strategy against impulsive, compulsive, mindless shopping.

Second, having a well stocked hose drawer allows for a peaceful morning! As each second counts in the mornings, not having the good enough to wear socks or work tights wreaks havoc. It makes one go on a hunt for new hosiery at home and sometimes at a nearby convenience store. Working out the correct hosiery in advance gives you return on investment in your precious morning moments.

Third, bulk buying your hosiery simplifies your laundry routine to something totally brainless! When you carefully select only one type of design for each of your outfit categories (work/gym/formal), then you can toss all of your worn stuff in just one laundry batch (nude ankle dress socks/white socks/nude panty hose). If your sock ever lost its twin, it will match will all of the rest of your work socks. Finally, even without having to KonMari-fold everything, having uniform hosiery for each category of your outfits will create the illusion of 'Visual Zen' in your wardrobe!

Your hosiery also benefits your personal style in two visual ways.

First, a well chosen hosiery will instantly 'polish' your outfit.

The reverse is also true, effective immediately, when your sock is holey and you just entered a Korean restaurant with your team and you have to take your shoes off. Or your hose has a massive run and you are just about to shake hands with your devastatingly handsome blind date. The hosiery can completely undo your style in key moments of your life!

Basic Rule 1: Match the sock color to your pants or skirt.
In this image, the socks is a shade darker than the pants color, giving it a groomed and sophisticated look. 

Basic Rule 2: Match the sock color to your shoes.
In this illustration, the socks are 2 to 3 shades lighter than the shoes' color. The pattern in the socks echoes the textured pattern of the pants.

Basic Rule 3: For women, there is a benefit to choosing hosiery color a shade or two lighter than the clothes and the shoes. 
When you wear a black dress with black shoes as in the photo above, opting for an all-black solid look may not be a bad choice. However, by going a little lighter gives it a more elegant and feminine feel. Remember that doing All Black may make you look slimmer, but you run the risk of looking 'heavier' than you really are, or the risk of looking 'too armored.' Finding that exact shade of semi-sheer tights is a challenge but it is also one of the easiest ways to up play the feminine curvature in your calves!

Secondly, hosiery creates visual interest in your outfit.
For women, an all together boring and blah outfit can be modified by patterend or textured hosiery. For men, opting for different daily work wear socks and more fine woven dress socks for formal occasions can 'complete' your level of style refinement. For both genders, the socks can amp up a casual outfit to the max, or recruiting the latest trendy hosiery can add some much needed novelty in your wardrobe.

Rules for Variety: Men's Dressy Socks
These are thinner than daily socks usually, and often have a sheen to them.

Rules for Variety: Men's Semi-Casual Socks
The example above shows a pair of navy socks with cheerful red added in a grid pattern. The overall mood becomes more vivified with these socks, while the navy communicates enough seriousness in the outfit.

Rules for Variety: Men's Dandy Casual Socks
This pair has tightly patterned Hounds Tooth all over it, giving the outfit a lot of personality and casual punch.

Rules for Variety: The little black dress is matched with three different patterned tights here, demonstrating how hosiery can give a single outfit varied visual effects!

Rules for Variety: Opacity levels of your hose determine the visual mood you create in your outfit. 
On the left, a casual dress gets a fun patterned but very sheer tights. The amount of sheer here gives the outfit an bit of a sexy oomph! 
On the right, the striking colored opaque tights make a bold style statement. The hat, the bag, the tights, and the shoes all fall into a tight range of color mimicry. 

Today's Action Tips!

1. What hosiery are you currently wearing for your daily outfits?
Are they in good condition or in need of replacement?
Is your hosiery drawer well stocked for your daily outfits?

2. Do you have all of the hosiery necessary for the season?
How about your special occasion hosiery? Are they in place too?
As Summer approaches us, hosiery gets replaced with pedicure. When do you think you will start needing proper foot care?

As the saying goes, 'God is in the Details.' 
Your hosiery is a style asset that is often overlooked and totally hidden, dormant in its expression. I bid you another stylish upgrade today and I trust that you will take the reigns of your classy, stylish life this week!

Jessica Ahn