As in the life of any fashion hauler, it’s best to be on your A game when it comes to online shopping.
Harper’s Bazaar gives us the skinny on 12 must-have apps for any fashionista trying to maxinista her closet.
“For the fashion girl glued to her phone, these apps range from shopping to closet organizing and are guaranteed to step up your sartorial game.”
1) PS Dept
For the fashionistas who don’t already have their own stylist on speed dial, PS Dept gives users access to a personal fashion consultant 24/7. Whether you’re looking for an outfit for an upcoming wedding or in search of the perfect over-the-knee boots, you can search through PS for one specific piece, or for outfit ideas as a whole. The app partners with stylists from an array of brands and stores including Chloe, Net-A-Porter, Stella McCartney, Derek Lam and more to give shoppers free access to expert advice—and once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can shop directly through the app.
Mallzee takes a Tinder-approach to mobile shopping, allowing users to peruse over 40 fashion brands. You can curate your favorite pieces into different style feeds like “Work Outfits” or “Girl’s Night Out” to organize your shopping wish lists. Mallzee also sends price drop notifications on all the items you like, so you’ll be notified as soon as that Alexander Wang bag you’ve been coveting gets marked down.
3) Like To Know It
Until our cult-favorite photo app is completely shoppable, Like To Know It is making it possible to track down the chicest pieces on Instagram. Once you sign in with your email on the Like to Know It app, any Instagram you then like with a shopping link will automatically email the ready-to-shop product link to you directly. It’s not totally seamless, but it’s an easy way to create a wish-list based on your favorite blogger’s Insta feed.
One of the biggest shopping app launches of 2014 was Spring, a game-changing way to shop on your phone. With an Instagram-like setup, Spring partners with over 80 fashion brands to let users shop apparel and accessories. The shopping app also offers exclusive collaborations, which have ranged in the past from partnerships with the CFDA and a Beyonce-themed shop. Spring saves your credit card information, shipping and size so you can complete a purchase in one simple tap.
Deemed “The Tinder for Shoes,” this app wants to help you find the footwear of your dreams. Swipe through over 50,000 shoe styles—from designers ranging from Christian Louboutin to Nike—based on your style and likes. Stylect allows you to filter your shoe search based on color, price or style. You can also create shoe wish-lists and make purchases directly through the app.
6) Keep Shopping
Three words: universal shopping cart. The Keep Shopping app launched the world’s first mobile universal shopping cart that allows you to purchase from any brand or store all in one checkout. Through the app users can browse Keep’s curated products or explore the entire web, adding any product from any store to the same cart.
7) The Hunt
Dying to know where that fashion blogger got the outfit she’s wearing on Instagram? If you’ve ever seen a picture of an outfit that you love but don’t know where to purchase, this app allows users to post ‘hunts’ for clothing, accessories, shoes and more. Community members can help each other find where to buy certain products by posting the direct shopping links as well as chic shopping alternatives. The app also allows users to follow trending hunts and shop trending products.
If you’re ever in an “I have nothing to wear” mood, this app is your go-to. Polyvore offers endless style inspiration by allowing users to create shoppable collages by mixing and matches products. Not only can you create your own stylish outfit collages, you can also search through collages created by others.Going hand-in-hand with your mood boards, Polyvore’s shopping section allows you to filter through by color, size, product style, brand, store and more.
9) FAD- The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary
Not sure what the difference is between sateen and satin? Consider this your own portable fashion dictionary that can help you with everything from fashion terms to designer bios, fabric and sewing phrases as well as fashion history. There are over 1,300 terms listed in the FAD app that can help you improve your fashion lingo.
With Pose you can see what others are wearing on any given day based on the weather and your location. Pose provides your daily weather while also giving you outfit inspiration based on the forecast. To further filter your search you can browse outfit pictures based on the occasion you’re dressing for—a dinner party, a bridal shower, a day at the office and more.
Stylebook brings Cher Horowitz’s closet to life on your phone. It allows you to virtually curate the pieces in your wardrobe by uploading pictures in order to style and organize them. Users can create and plan outfits using photos of your actual clothes and accessories. The app also allows you to create packing lists, plan outfits in advance and keep track of what you wore when.
Stylekick’s personal shopping app lets users shop directly from their favorite street style photos featured in the inspiration feed. The app recommends outfits and pieces for you to shop based on your personal style and interests. Users are given their own Instagram-like profile where they can upload street style pictures or their #OOTD photos for style feedback. Bonus part of Stylekick’s community: you can meet and chat with other style bloggers as well as get any outfit or style advice from a sea of fashion lovers also tapping away on the app.