8 Fashion Apps That Make Getting Dressed (and Looking Good) Every Day So Much Easier
As anyone who has seen a much-loved app shutdown can attest, even popular apps can stop working and disappear, but new apps pop up in their places, and sometimes these apps are even smarter and easier to use than those that came before. These apps make shopping easier—whether you’re a fashionista on the cutting edge of style or just looking for a trustworthy pair of sneakers—and, often, more affordable. Some are free to download but offer paid subscription plans or in-app purchases, others have an initial download cost, and still more take a percentage of any purchase or sale you make through the app, but all can help your closet pop.
To pick a fashion app that will really help you and not just clutter your phone (learn how to clean your phone here), consider what challenges you face when shopping for clothes. Do you have a hard time remembering if you already have a black skirt (or three)? Do you struggle to know which items live up to the hype? Or do you need a little help getting rid of items you no longer wear? Whatever your issue, there’s an app for that. Honestly, there might even be several apps out there—and at least one is sure to be right for you.
Peruse these apps, check how much storage you have on your phone, and download away—one of these fashion apps might just be your new go-to shopping trick.
Consider Finery your personal digital closet organizing assistant. The app will collect receipts for your recent online clothing purchases and maintain a digital wardrobe, so you can plan outfits and packing lists on the go (with the help of a few styling ideas from the Finery team); Finery will even make suggestions for purchases to fill gaps in your wardrobe and help you shop more strategically. For serial online shoppers, it will even remind you to make necessary returns in time.
To buy: Free; finery.com. For iOS devices.
Search for product reviews for shoes, bags, coats, and anything else you want to buy through Masse to see suggestions, critiques, and more from community members—often people you know and trust. If you have a particular question about a product or type of item, you can ask and get specific responses from community members; no more wading through endless reviews from strangers for every purchase.
To buy: Free; masse.app. For iOS devices.
Explore the app for clothes and accessories that are hand-picked by other Keep users. Follow your favorite “Keepers” to get sartorial ideas straight to your feed on the app. You can buy your must-haves and save others in collections (similar to inspiration boards) to purchase later. It’s a great resource for unique gifts, too.
To buy: Free; itunes.com. For iOS and Android devices.
For more casual thrifting, turn to ThredUP, a consignment and thrift store that sorts clothes by brand (ThredUP only accepts name brands), category, new with tags, and more. The stock is constantly shifting, and clothes in good condition are available for much less than retail prices. ThredUP even offers trend breakdowns, so no one will ever guess that you’ve been thrifting.
To buy: Free; thredup.com. For iOS and Android devices.
If you see online shopping as a necessary evil, this fashion app is for you. Try revives the mantra Try Before You Buy in a digital age by offering free orders of items for you to try on. If the item doesn’t fit, you can send it back without getting a lingering credit card charge; you’ll only be charged once you decide to keep the item.
To buy: Free; try.com. For iOS devices.
If you need to update your wardrobe, but don’t feel like fighting the crowds at the mall, you can shop more than 800 brands with this app. With that kind of variety, you can explore the app to find new and unique designers and brands. Follow your favorites and you’ll get notifications when they have sales or new collections.
To buy: Free; shopspring.com. For iOS devices.
For luxury tastes on a store-brand budget, try shopping through The RealReal’s consignment marketplace, where all the items are 100 percent guaranteed for authenticity. Commission rates for sellers are based on how much you sell, so if you only have one or two items to sell going through this app may not be a good fit, but buyers of any number of items can scour it for high-fashion finds at low prices.
To buy: Free; therealreal.com. For iOS and Android devices.
You have to pay for this app, but its features can make your life a lot easier. Catalog each item in your closet to plan outfits, create packing lists, and get expert styling tips. By using the calendar feature—where you can input outfits for each day of the week—the app also helps you track just how often you wear certain clothes, giving you a cost-per-wear analysis (so maybe those $500 boots are worth it because you don them a couple of times a week?).
To buy: $4; itunes.com. For iOS devices.