We live in a world where our smartphones are pretty much cemented to our bodies at all times, so it can’t be denied that we’ve become more than a little dependent on insta-information. While debates have raged as to whether this mobile dependence is healthy, it’s safe to say that—if anything—it’s fabulously convenient, especially when it comes to the endless array of apps available for fashion lovers.
So, without further ado, we bring you 12 fabulous apps totally worth adding to your repetoire right now.
There’s a reason countless magazines advise to shop your own closet: half of us don’t even know what’s really in there! The Closet App creates a digital inventory of your closet and helps you organize by season, create a packing list before traveling, and even coordinate outfits, among many other features. The app now includes a bulk-import feature, so you can upload multiple clothing snapshots at once. You can also add notes such as price and how many times a piece was worn to see if you’re really getting mileage out of that last outfit splurge.
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.
Styliticstakes the same approach as Closet but offers social sharing and an easier to navigate interface. After you upload your wardrobe, the app lets you categorize by color, pattern and even brand, which is later used to coordinate your outfits. Not sure what to wear with that new skirt? Simply access your digital stylist to see what matches best. Have a weekend getaway planned? Stylitics sends you weather alerts along with style and trend updates to plan accordingly.
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.
While not everyone is meticulous enough to catalogue his or her own wardrobe, this app offers a feature that would excite any style-seeker. ASAP54, also called the “Shazam of Shopping,” lets users snap a photo of outfits on the street and will identify where it’s from. For all those times you saw the perfect backpack on the subway or a unique top on a style blog, ASAP54 will help you to track it down using visual recognition software and crowdsourcing to identify the item in their retailer database or find similar products. Their image search can also make suggestions based on a fabric swatch, a pattern or even a single color and uses an easy click-through to buy model
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.
Browse street style from around the world and discover where to buy the look. The app generates items similar to pics you click on, and you can save your favorites
Three words: universal shopping cart. The Keep Shopping app launched the world’s first mobileuniversal 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.
Teen Vogue Snapshot
Features style inspiration from Teen Vogue’s “Girl of the Day,” and submit your own photos for a chance to be a Girl of the Day. Use the “My Outfits” calendar to organize your wardrobes and track your outfits.
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.
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.