For over 100 years, people have used fashion magazines to help learn about new trends and find ways to keep up with them. The first of these was called Harper’s Bazar (spelled differently to the modern Harper’s Bazaar), and its debut issue published in November of 1867. While the layout and format of these publications have changed (it was more like a newspaper than a modern magazine), the content discussed issues that would not be out of place in any of today’s fashion publications.
Some things have changed in the 21st century, though. One big difference is that we no longer need to rely on paper magazines to stay abreast of the latest fashion trends. Instead, we can use technology. There are many things we can do with our mobile phones today, including shopping, communicating with friends and playing games like online poker. But did you know your phone can help you make your fashion choices? Let’s take a closer look at some of the best ones.
Not everyone has the means to keep a personal stylist on hand for input on what to buy or wear. However, PS Dept. helps to make personal stylists available to everyone, 24 hours a day. By partnering with several brands like Net-A-Porter, Chloé and Derek Lam, PS Dept. gives users instant access to free advance from expert stylists. The app also takes the pain out of purchasing, as users can make purchases right through the app once they have received advice from their stylist.
The ShopStyle app was one of the pioneers in mobile fashion. It helps you to see if the products you’re looking for are available in multiple stores, saving you time by not having to check each one individually. Once you know the stock levels, you can compare prices from each store, helping you to save money on your designer purchases effortlessly. ShopStyle also lets you keep lists of the products you would like to buy and set up alerts so that you receive notifications when they go on sale. For those that use a blog or social media to show the world what you’re wearing, ShopStyle has an easy way to create affiliate links to let other people purchase the same items.
Spring has an Instagram-esque layout, which helped it to make waves in 2014 when it launched. Spring has partnered with more than 80 different fashion brands to allow its users to buy the latest items. By saving your payment details, it makes it a quick and easy way to keep your wardrobe up-to-date.
With more than 50,000 styles of shoe in its app, Stylect describes itself as the Tinder for shoes. The app allows its users to filter shoes based on style, color and price. Once selected, they can swipe left and right on shoes, much like on Tinder. Matched with the right shoes, you can then add them to a wish list or purchase them immediately, right from the app.
Fashion and technology are an excellent match, and these apps make keeping on top of the latest trends effortless, fun and a little cheaper.