Welcome to 2012, where there’s an app for everything.
That’s right – apps aren’t just for games and music anymore – they cover just about every interest and industry out there. As a typical girl who is constantly browsing for fashion and style ideas on Pinterest and the like, I was excited to learn that there are actually useful fashion apps now as well.
So here’s a great guest post by Jane Johnson for my fellow iGeeks who also happen to have a thing for fashion.
six must-have tools for the fashion-forward.
Technology has revolutionized the way we shop, find the duds we love, find the best deals on designer brands, and it even influences the fashion that will be on the runways next season. Thanks to smart phone apps like the following six style-inspired beauties I’ve listed below, all you need is an iPhone, a BlackBerry, or an Android to get impeccable style inspiration while you’re on the go! It’s true; these apps offer something for runway fashionistas, accessory addicts, global fashion connoisseurs, shoe-o-holics, and even a closet organizer to keep your boudoir looking as fabulous as you do!
Check out my tops picks for the must-have, fashion-focused smart phone apps that every fashionista needs at her fingertips. However, I must warn you, if you choose to get caught up in any of these on the subway, you’ll probably miss your stop because they are just so incredibly addictive…
1. Snapette (Free – for Android and iPhone)
The perfect smart phone app for accessory addicts, Snapette is a cult-favorite app among fashion’s elite. Snapette features accessory shots—from Rome to Rodeo Drive—and allows users to upload a photo of their favorite shoe and handbag obsessions for other viewers to “like”. What’s better than a global consensus to convince you that you should buy those $800 Manolo Blahniks? It will sure make you feel better about a little shoe shopping spree every week or so!
2. The Cut on the Runway (Free – for iPhone)
A free app from New York Media LLC., The Cut on the Runway features the latest and hottest runway shows from Fashion Week, plus fashion archives that date back to 2002. Fashionistas can slink their through the latest designs from the hottest designers a la a model on a catwalk. And if you see something you just have to have (and can actually afford) you can bookmark it, save it to your “wish list”, or get opinions from your 250 closest Facebook friends before you pull out that credit card.
3. Stylebook ($3.99 – for iPhone)
Think of Stylebook as your really hip fashion accountant (with designer glasses of course)…one that you would kill for their sexy peep toe pumps. Anyhow, the Stylebook app will catalogue every single item of clothing in your closet and pair clothing items, shoes, purses, and accessories together to take the confusion over your morning dressing routine. Literally, this app put together items I never thought would work, and now I have a dozen fabulous, brand new looks in my fashion arsenal. All you need to do to get going with Stylebook is load images of your clothing items on to your smart phone. My girlfriend and I did it in under an hour using our Samsung cell phones. You never know what items you have tucked away in the back of your closet that might be the key piece to a new look or the next style trend.
4. Satorialist (Free – for iPhone)
Talk about fashion eye candy! I can’t get enough of the Satorialist, acclaimed fashion photo bug and blogger Scott Schuman began his popular fashion photo blog, The Sartorialist, in hopes of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to real life. Follow the latest trends and styles of fashion from the busy streets of New York, the romantic area of Paris, and the fashion-forward runways of Milan to discover the trendsetting styles before all of your friends.
5. iShoes (Free – for iPhone)
The crowning piece to any outfit is obviously the shoes! iShoes is your fashion ally to tracking down that perfect pair from over 50,000 stunning styles. You can sort by color, style, or by lowest price.
6. Go Try It On (Free- for iPhone)
Have you ever thought it would be nice to have a second opinion when shopping by yourself? Especially before you bought that pair of electric blue jeggings last fall! Never fear, Go Try It On is your second opinion fashion app. Simply snap a shot of you wearing any item you wish you buy, upload it to the Go Try It On app, and let strangers or friends decide the fate of that bubble skirt vs. the strapless dress with the sweat heart neckline. You can also do your fair share of critiquing their fashion choices whenever the mood strikes.
Have you ever used a fashion app? What’s your favorite resource for style tips and ideas?