Fashion apps have taken the effort out of online shopping. Here are the very best fashion apps to download, just in time for the brand new season...
To save you endlessly bookmarking all your potential online purchases - this has actually crashed our laptop before - brilliant shopping app Grabble gives you a 'grab' button, which lets you pool all your fashion finds from any site into one place (think of it as an iCloud for your clothing wish list). Then, when any piece goes on sale, you'll get sent an alert. Nifty.
You know when you're having a wardrobe spring clean and you chuck clothes into a 'yes' and 'no' pile? This clever new app has a similar feel, pulling new product by all your favourite brands into one place - just swipe right if you like what you see, left if you don't. Your friends can weigh in too by giving a thumbs up (or down) to your wishlist. A little easier than sending them awkward changing room mirror shots…
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Dubbed 'your mobile yard sale for beautiful things', this app will find you pretty clothes being sold privately near you. WAY better! All the products on the site are carefully monitored (strictly no tat allowed) and as it's all local you can collect from the seller in person to avoid postage costs. When we gave this one a quick spin and found some burgundy Kurt Geiger brogues and a Louis Vuitton purse. Lovely.
Now you don't even have to go through the awkwardness of tapping a stranger on the shoulder to find out where her shoes are from. With the Style-Eyes app you can take a stealth picture from behind your morning paper and its database of 1300 UK and US stores will try and find it. If it's out of the shops - or some obscure number bought at a Mongolian flea market in 1994 - the app will find you the closest match.
Keep and Hashbag
Because our Instagram feeds are pretty much 60 per cent stylish people wearing things we want for ourselves (the rest being mostly bowls of chopped fruit and sunsets), it was only a matter of time before shopping straight from the site became a thing. Retail website keep.com has a feature which skims off the coolest products on Instagram that you can buy. There's also Hashbag, a search engine that collates images of all the items on Instagram which are for sale. 'Like' the picture and you can message the owner directly.
This app lets you create looks from thousands of clothes and accessories that you can then go on to purchase. Scroll through the other members' mood boards or the app's own collections for ideas on how to rock trends trends (yes, even the ones you thought you couldn't wear) and shop them according to price range. Bonus.
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Not only does this app look slicker than a September issue of a French fashion glossy, but it also lets you personalize your feed to display your favorite designers and brands. All you have to do is simply scroll through to 'lyst' what items you like, and you'll be notified once they go on sale. Plus, there's lots of great fashion-led content to read in the meantime.
Looking to revolutionise the way you pack, Stylebook is the app that acts like your own cyber wardrobe. True, it is a bit of a chore initially uploading all your clothes onto the app, but once done you can quite literally plan your outfits according to what you need them for. Work, travels, weddings, all become less of a faff when you can organise your case via iPhone. Think Cher's revolving wardrobe in Clueless, except in the palm of your hand...
Get ready IKEA wardrobe, you're about to take a virtual pounding!
By Lucy Pavia / @lucypavia