Yes, there are a lot of fashion and shopping apps out there, some more functional than others. Here are the ones we like best.
Looking for a cute jumpsuit? Type in the keyword. Found something you love, but it's just too expensive? Set a sale alert. Just want to see what's out there? Peruse a general category, like women's shoes. ShopStyle is the kind of app that'll be a huge time-saver if you need it to be or a huge time suck if you want it to be. And that's what we love about it.
The best thing about shopping with friends is holding something up for judgement and getting their immediate approval, or not. Because you can't always shop with friends, there's Whisp. In the words of their tagline, Whisp is "Connecting fashion enthusiasts." Drag pics straight into a Whisp message box, and it opens a chat with your friend, making you less sad you're not actually shopping together.
PS Dept. is like having a personal shopper in your pocket. You ask real experts from real stores (Barneys, Bergdorf, Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, to name a few) to help you find what you're looking for. For example, you say, "I'm trying to find the perfect summer handbag for my trip to Tuscany." Then, an expert sends you some ideas from their store. When you find the one you like, you can buy it straight from the app. It's free expert advice, and who doesn't love that?
Cloth is an app that helps you shop your own closet by categorizing the outfits you already own. What makes it extra special (and ups the cost from free for the basic version to $.99) is that it uses real-time weather data from wunderground.com to help you pull the perfect outfit for that day's forecast.
This app is so cool. Think of it as Shazam for fashion. Rather than recognizing a song on the radio, it uses visual-recognition technology to find that cute pair of shoes you saw a stranger wearing at the park. All you need is a picture of the item you're looking for, and their magic technology pulls up the same or similar matches. It makes getting that look from a magazine that much easier.
Oh, and one more for those who like looking at pretty things: Chic Feed. It pulls pics from top fashion blogs and websites just for your viewing pleasure. That's it. A bunch of pretty pictures. You're welcome.