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A new genre of smartphone apps can help you understand the latest trends in fashion


Fashion apps offer style advice and list the latest trends. Photo: iStockphoto
Fashion apps offer style advice and list the latest trends. Photo: iStockphoto

Thinking of hiring a personal stylist? Planning to redo your wardrobe? Your smartphone can help you instantly, be it chatting with fellow fashionistas on the hot trends, getting personalized suggestions, or even help in a fashion emergency. Just install one of these apps and you can get all your fashion queries answered within a minute.

SeenIt 

Free

Android

This app is the latest entrant to the fashion social network. It is a great platform to get advice and reviews from Bollywood celebrities, stylists, fashion and lifestyle bloggers. All you need to do is follow your favourite bloggers and stylists. The app operates as a community where the user too can give advice and help fellow fashionistas discover the latest trends. An interesting feature is the “YAY OR NAY” option, which records the feedback of all users. The app becomes easier to use once your profile has been synced with social networking sites like Facebook. You will, however, still need to log in with your email or social networking accounts on sites such as Jabong, Koovs and Amazon and pair them with your SeenIt account before you can browse all the stores from within the app.

Roposo

Free

Android, iOS

This is the app to download if you are looking for a style makeover. It covers almost every aspect of fashion and lifestyle, be it accessories, hairstyle, nail art, mehendi (henna) designs or stories related to travel, food and fitness. The latest update of the app enables you to share your look through short and fun videos with other Roposo users. The app is gaining popularity by connecting all those who love to explore fashion trends, shop for curated products across Web stores and share their stories.  

Wooplr

Free

Android, iOS, Windows phone

This is a fashion app that truly defines the adage, “Shopping is a social activity”, by bringing the best among fashionistas and fashion brands on to the same platform. The content on the latest trends is updated constantly, enabling users to get regular styling tips and shopping ideas. The user earns “Style Miles” each time he or she invites a friend using WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter to shop on this app. These style miles can be redeemed while shopping through the app. Another interesting feature is the chance to take part in contests by simply posting pictures in accordance with the contest theme.

StyleDotMe

Free

Android, iOS

This is a personalized app with a neat interface that provides instant fashion advice from bloggers, friends and family when you really need it. The “live timer” feature that you can attach to your SOS notification will count down to remind friends, bloggers and stylists of your deadline. You can also seek help from friends and followers through a quick poll to help you choose an outfit or look.

StyleCracker

Free

Android, iOS

This app offers the user a customized look. It opens with a list of information that the user is required to fill, such as body shape, size, personal style, age range and budget. On the basis of these answers, the app lists personalized styles and looks. It has features such as trending products, best-sellers, news, celebrity style and occasion-specific fashion. You can also rate and review a brand from the extensive brand directory. The “Buy Now” button enables the user to instantly purchase a look or an outfit. The app is simple and easy to use, and you just need to sign in with your Facebook or email to install it. The number of brands, however, is limited, and popular stores like Myntra and Jabong have not been roped in yet.

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