Get your closet ready for fall fashion with these iPhone apps

Aug 24, 2011
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You need only take measure of the September issues of the world’s top fashion magazine to understand that fall is the most anticipated sartorial season of the year. But the world has gone digital, and so should your fashion strategy. As you go about planning your fall wardrobe, take these iPhone apps into account. You […]

You need only take measure of the September issues of the world’s top fashion magazine to understand that fall is the most anticipated sartorial season of the year. But the world has gone digital, and so should your fashion strategy. As you go about planning your fall wardrobe, take these iPhone apps into account. You might not be able to afford everything on your wish list, but there is nothing wrong with a little window shopping.

Nothing has re-energized the fashion world like the blogosphere, which spawned blogs likes Jak & Jill and The Sartorialist (not to mention hundreds of copycats), and launched the careers of many a photographer and stylist. The chicfeed+ app ($0.99) consolidates a half dozen of the best fashion blogs into one source. All you have to do is swipe left or right to get some of the best in street style and photography. Trust us, it’s an endless source of inspiration.

If you are interested in following the nuts and bolts of the industry, download the $1.99 Fashion app. It includes a breaking news feed with tid bits such as the expansion of Victoria Secret into Great Britain, and the proliferation of nude pumps at the recent spate of royal European weddings. And the Fashion app also brags an impressive collection of fashion-related vidoes that feature seasonal trends and beauty tips.

Half the fun of shopping is consulting with friends on fit, style and color. With the free Snapette app you can expand dramatically your circle of personal consultants. The app allows you to snap photos of items that you see while out hitting the stores and then share them with others. In turn, if you spot something posted on the app by another user that catches your eye, you will know exactly where to go to find it. The app focuses on shoes and handbags, so it is definitely best for an accessories girl.

For the hard-core, high-fashion types there is the Fashion Network Original app (free). It features full videos from dozens of fashion shows from the most recent season. So for those of us who were not invited to Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2011 collection showcase, we can get our fix via this app at the very least.

You can find just about anything on eBay, and the free eBay Fashion lets you browse from a seemingly endless selection of dresses, pants, shoes, handbags and more. The quantity is a bit overwhelming, but if you are looking for something really specific there, is no better app to try.

Another great shopping option via your iPhone is the ShopStyle app (free). This breaks everything down into very specific categories. For example, the handbags can be searched by hobos, clutches, shoulder bags and totes. What sets the app apart is an alert feature that lets you know as soon as an item you are coveting goes on sale.

And finally, for the shoe lover in all of us, there is the free iShoes app which is actually better than the shoe department at Barneys New York (hard to believe, we know). The merchandise is so high end it makes Zappos.com look like Payless. There are Tory Burch boots, and Elie Tahari flats galore here.

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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