As fashion continues to embrace the digital age, every brand, fashion store and service is jumping on the app game with their own app. But in the cacophony of virtual squares, it’s hard to figure out which apps are the best ones out there. Plus, when you’re working a 9-to-5 job, running after kids and having to do your chores, having some retail TLC time can be a bit of a struggle. That’s why we’ve filtered out all the noise to bring you these must-download apps. Not only are they all free, they’re all style-savers. Whether it’s the one app that outfits you with a personal stylist, or another one that shops for you based on a single snapshot, these tiny squares pack a whole lot of fashion punch in just one tap.
1. The Hunt
Ever watched a TV show or scrolled through Instagram, only to find a dress that you don’t know where else to get? Well the good news is that The Hunt is here to save the day.
The concept is simple: snap a pic, upload it, and let the community of over 3 million members help you find the piece. Furthermore, you can get style tips (or share some insider info) by interacting with other users.
2. PS Dept
Everyone dreams of having a personal shopper on speed dial, but few can actually afford to hire a full-time stylist that keeps them red-carpet ready. For those of us who are on-the-go and need super fast help finding pieces, PS Dept is there for you.
Think of it as having a personal shopper (hence, “PS”!) at your fingertips. You can be as specific as you want, or just let them know that you need a dress for cocktails. The app has partnerships with some of the top fashion brands and their in-house stylists, who will then find you your perfect outift.
Available on iOS.
3. Like It To Know It
Instagram is a huge platform for shoppers to buy their fave products, but most Insta-stores still involve the tedious and time consuming method of having you go to their website to shop.
Save yourself some time with the Like It To Know It app. Just download, sign in, and then start liking products on Instagram. Anything that you liked on Instagram with a ready-to-buy link is then emailed to you so you can quickly add those products to your cart.
Luxury shopping doesn’t get better than with NET-A-PORTER’s shopping apps. With a vast array of clothing, accessories, fine jewellery and beauty products, you are spoilt for choice with what’s on offer. Plus, the apps give you updates on sales and price reductions, as well as keeping you informed on restocks or limited quantities of your fave fashion pieces.
So you’ve got two great skirts that are perfect for tonight, but you don’t know which one to wear and you have to leave the house in 30 minutes? Yes, we’ve all been there.
Fortunately there’s Styledotme to the rescue. Think of it as an Instagram poll, but on a timer. Snap both pics, and upload it with a live timer. App users as well as your friends and followers can then vote on the look they like best within that stipulated time window.
When you’re constantly on the go, you want to be able to shop fast, and find what you need right? Sometimes, you don’t have the luxury of trawling through 14 different sites to find that one lilac jacket your friend was wearing. Well, Snappar to the rescue!
Snap a photo of the item you want to buy, and the app’s algorithms will find you the best matches to what you want to buy.
Think of Shopstyle as the Google for fashion. While the site doesn’t hold any inventory per se, it trawls through hundreds of online stores to find what you’re looking for. Be it a vintage Gucci belt or a paisley one-shouldered dress, you can toggle your searches according to colour, size, price, condition and even select the stores you like to get different results. Make sale alerts on the items you love so that once they go on sale, you get first dibs for a fraction of their original costs.