5 apps to help you live a more stylish life

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If you’re ready to get your sartorial pre-parenting groove back (or maybe, by some miracle, you never lost it) we’ve found the best apps to help you get frocked up and fashionable. You might want to sell some of your old stuff to make room for pretty new things, or maybe you just want to window shop from the comfort of your couch (and your PJs). Whatever your motivation, take a look at this list and start feeling fabulous.

1. The Hunt – Shopping Community

Everyone on The Hunt has the same goal in mind…to help you find the outfit of your dreams. This community-powered app makes it easy to hunt down those black patent Mary Janes you saw on Instagram; the little summer dress you spotted on someone in Westfield; or that oversized tote your sister’s boyfriend’s cousin was carrying the other day.

Simply download the app, create an account then start posting pics of the item you want to track down. Make sure you add as many details as you can, including your budget and size. You can even select categories like “This exactly” or “Similar to this” to help other users get a better understanding of your fashion goal.

The app also lets you follow trending hunts and shop products that are trending among The Hunt community. You can even get styling assistance by posting a pic of something you already own into the “What goes with this?” section. Then sit back and wait for the suggestions to come rolling in!

Alternatively, if you consider yourself a bit of a fashion junkie, why not jump on and start helping people find their fave fash finds?

The Hunt – Shopping Community is available to download for Android devices from Google Play and for iOS devices from the Apple App Store for free.

2. Stylect

 

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Image: Fashion Hippie Loves

Dubbed “Tinder for shoes” this addictive little app lets you swipe left and right to select which shoes you think are “hot” (swipe right) or “not” (swipe left). Your favourites go into a wish list, and when you’ve saved a few pennies you can shop more than 10,000 brands from stores like  Prada, Nike, Zara, Topshop, H&M and more.

The app is exclusively marketed towards women, with no boring men’s shoes to flick through (sorry men but it’s true!). You can even get updates when your favourite shoes go on sale.

Make it easy by filtering what you see by price, style, size or colour. There’s only 5 categories to search through, which helps to narrow things down  (boots, sandals, heels, flats, trainers). There are even Editor’s Picks, which includes a selection of curated items with headings like Back To School, Patterns! and more.

Stylect is available to download for Android devices from Google Play and for iOS devices from the Apple App Store for free.

Sure, Instagram is a great place to follow, find and fawn over fashion. But you often have to scroll past all those pesky photos of babies and cats to get to the gold! That’s where Pose comes in. It’s basically Instagram for fashion, because everybody is there purely share their fave outfits, shoes, handbags and accessories.

It’s a fairly clever little business model.  Users are encourages to tag their outfits with brand names and prices, and link them directly to the online store where they can be purchased. If someone buys an outfit through the app, whoever uploaded the pic will get an affiliate fee for the sale!

Whether you’re just browsing for inspiration or you are seriously looking to make a purchase, Pose makes it easy to save your favourite looks. You can create your own “Collections” board and name it however you like (eg. Bridemaid Dresses, Messenger Bags, Everyday Style).

There’s over 3.5 million interactive fashion photos, so it will definitely help pass the time on your morning commute! High profile users include Rachel Zoe and Coco Rocha, who share photos of their outfits on a daily basis. You can even buy, sell and trade items from your own wardrobe.

Pose is available to download for Android devices from Google Play and for iOS devices from the Apple App Store for free.

4. Poshmark – Buy & Sell Fashion

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Image: Fashable

This one isn’t just for inspiration – you can actually make money ! Money for more clothes! Hurrah! It’s like a cross between Pinterest and eBay, with a focus solely on women’s fashion. More than one million people have already sold items on there, so why not become one of them?

As a shopper, you can receive notifications straight to your phone about upcoming sales and items that you’re interested in. Optimise your search results by creating an account and adding your location and size. You can even select the brands you’d like to see. Some users allow you to negotiate a price with them, so feel free to bid on an item and grab a bargain. Poshmark even allows you to return items that aren’t up to scratch.

Selling items from your wardrobe is super simple. Just tap to access the camera, snap some pics, add as much information as you can (brand, description, price etc), share your listing on social media and you’re done! Poshmark even gives you a pre-paid, pre-addressed label to make shipping your sold items a breeze.

Poshmark is available to download for Android devices from Google Play and for iOS devices from the Apple App Store for free.

5. FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary

Not sure how to pronounce “haute couture”? Wondering what it means to have eyebrows that are “on fleek”? Still spelling “Lacroix sweetie” wrong in those funny texts to your BFF? Fear not. Help is at hand.

This digital dictionary is the best way to brush up on your fashion, retail and design lingo. It’s even got famous quotes and tips for identifying classic vintage pieces. Select a designer and track their career, learn the latest buzzwords or discover the history of your favourite label.

There’s around 1500 entries and it’s even available offline, so you can stay connected even when you aren’t. Lacroix sweetie, indeed!

FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Directory is available to download for for iOS devices from the Apple App Store for AUD$5.99.

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