Newsflash! We’re in the 21st century. And while we may not have flying cars or a cure for the common cold, we’re certainly making progress in how our shopping and style lives are becoming increasingly high-tech. In honor of that, here are seven awesome fashion, style, and shopping apps that you should download on your phone (most of them are free!).
Stylebook ($3.99): Remember Cher Horowitz’s enviable virtual wardrobe in Clueless? Well, all your ’90s dreams can come true because this app is kind of like that. Snap photos of your clothes, create and save looks. Plus, take advantage of the slew of cool features that Cher would have killed for, like the ability to collect style stats (i.e. most and least worn items) and inspiration, in an easy-to-use interface.
The Outnet StyleCred (Free): The online designer discount retailer’s app lets you shop its site (no surprise there), but the real kicker is in the styling fun. It’s totally addicting, but you can create looks and share them with friends on Facebook or Twitter. If one of your buddies likes a piece and buys it, you’ll snag a $30 credit.
BeSpeak (Free): Most fashion and style iPhone apps are geared primarily towards the ladies, but this one allows men to input info about their height, hair, eye color, skin tone, and build and receive advice on how to look stylish in business formal wear. Maybe you don’t need pocket square recommendations every day, but it sure is nice to have that information at your fingertips.
FashioNomad ($1.99): If you’re a global shopper, download this shopping app and use it the next time you’re in a new city. You have to pay $0.99 for each new locale–besides New York City, which comes with your purchase–but you’ll get some valuable information. The app lists the best in-city boutiques and brands, along with brief descriptions of the neighborhood, including the best places to take your obligatory coffee shopping break. It’s also GPS-enabled, complete with maps and directions to direct you on where you want to go.
The Find (Free): Perfect for bargain-hunters, this comparison shopping app reveals the best deals for products that you actually want. Scan a barcode, and you’ll get a listing of the local stores and websites that offer the item, along with any coupon codes or shipping deals. Plus, there are no annoying ads!
Pose (Free): This app melds together social shopping, style inspiration, and retail deals all in one. Snap and upload photos of your own outfits, learn about contests or snag specials from brands and retailers, and check out the merchandise that other community members have grabbed.
chicfeed (Free): For easy access to the best street style photographs, flip through fresh pics from sites like The Sartorialist and Face Hunter. Though you can’t scroll through multiple images at one time (a bummer), it’s still a quick way to gain fashion inspiration on the fly.
Images via Refinery 29 and App Store
Tags: fashion phone apps, shopping apps, shopping guide, style apps, styling
Online denim superstore Tobi has whipped up inspiring look books in the past, from their collaboration with Fashiontoast x DANNIJO to their super-sexy spread with Salsa Jeans. They’ve turned to Scandinavian chic for their newest installment with the help of brands like Acne, Cheap Monday, and Nudie. Get a taste of this effortless-cool look with long sweaters, button-up collared shirts, tailored blazers, and (of course) the perfect pair of dark-wash jeans.
See the full look book here.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Acne Jeans, Cheap Monday, from sweden with love, look book, Nudie Jeans, online shopping, scandinavian, styling, swedish, tobi
As the pre-frost October air gets a bit more audacious, late-fall fashion with layers and texture becomes the uniform for urban dwellers. We may have to drop our humid-weather dressing habits, but denim sticks around all twelve months of the year. Those of who can’t part with our summer cut-offs stretch a pair of wool tights over their legs. Flawless skinny jean fits are paired with dramatic fur coats. Sharp, tailored military jackets turn average Joe’s into blue-jean heroes… You get the idea. Below are some of our favorite cold weather denim trends.
1. Fur coats and skinny jeans take the stage in “Easy Riders”, an editorial from ELLE US November 2010. Source: The Fashion Spot
2. Summer’s staple cut-off shorts carry you right into fall with a nice pair of tights (and once the snow starts to fall, a pair of leg warmers for extra warmth). Source: Lookbook.nu
3. Cuffed jeans, visible socks, and brown buckle shoes add a fun dose of prep and are a surprisingly chic combination for fall. Source: The Sartorialist
4. Chanel’s textured grey-wash denim on the runway this fall may be intended for next spring, but the autumn wardrobe inspiration is too easy to pass up. Source: NY Mag
5. Denim as accessories when you least expect it! You might not do a turban with rear-end pockets, but shredded denim accessories puts a twist on a classic textile. Source: Capital City Pretty
6. Boys become gentlemen in dark denim jeans and a corresponding gold-buttoned jacket. Source: Facehunter
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Chanel Spring 2011, DENIM, denim accessories, ELLE, fall 2010, fall fashion trends, fur coats, military style, Street Style, styling