5 to try: Fashion apps

Give your wardrobe a shakedown and your smartphone a sartorial boost

Give your wardrobe a shakedown and your smartphone a sartorial boost with these free shopping and style apps.

We no longer solely rely on magazines and the latest runway shots for fashion inspiration these days. Even the most style-savvy among us are now turning to our smartphones to stay updated on trends and seek out must-have items on the spot. In the process, our hand-helds have become an essential little black book of style-seeking know-how. Here, we reveal some of our go-to style apps to keep your fashion agenda fresh and forward-thinking.

Lusting after an outfit you saw on Instagram? This app can help. Keep has a list of more than 100 of Instagram’s most popular fashionable users, as well as other fashionistas and influencers and helps you find and purchase the items featured in their photos. If you’re not ready to buy one of their picks, Keep will also alert you when items go on sale.
Good for: Finding style inspiration.
Free at itunes.apple.com.

Covet Fashion
This highly addictive app allows you to style women’s looks from brands such as Halston Heritage and Cynthia Rowley, and successful ensembles can result in prizes both real (such as gift cards and a Nanette Lepore satchel) and virtual. Covet Fashion is a good way to discover new items while playing with your style – without having to invest any money whatsoever.
Good for: Channeling your inner style icon.
Free at itunes.apple.com.

House Account
If you prefer boutique shopping over rummaging through the offerings at chain stores and malls, this app is for you. House Account features the newest arrivals from more than 300 of the best boutiques in the US. Browse by trends, designers and store locations to discover hard-to-find, original pieces. Most places deliver to the UAE, too.
Good for: Wanderlusting shoppers without a travel budget.
Free at itunes.apple.com.

The phrase ‘where did you get that shirt?’ could disappear from our lexicon, thanks to ASAP54. The app allows you to take a photo of an article of clothing you see on the street (or anywhere for that matter) and will help you find it (or something similar) from more than 150 retailers such as Topshop and J Crew. Think of it as Shazam for clothes.
Good for: Covert style-stalkers.
Free at itunes.apple.com.

Men need shopping apps too, of course. Dapper allows guys to browse and shop based on style (‘dressy’) or occasion (‘casual dinner’). The more you use the app, the more it gets to know your preferences and habits, which makes future purchases even easier.
Good for: Guys out there who really hate shopping – but still want to look stylish.
Free at itunes.apple.com.

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