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I often joke that I’d have no problem becoming a full-blown hermit, thanks to my ability to order anything—food, drinks, dates, manicures—to my door with a few taps on my iPhone. Naturally, this extends to online shopping, and the further the temperature plummets, the more inclined I am to browse and buy from the comfort of my couch rather than trekking even a couple of blocks to the nearest store. That said, I’m pretty choosy about which apps I keep on my phone; if I don’t use one after a week or two, I’ll invariably delete it (with the same satisfaction as hitting “unsubscribe” on an annoying newsletter). Despite the glut of fashion apps available, I’ve found only a few that are worth pride of place on my home screen.
Read on for my favorites, and hit me up on Twitter if you know of any other really excellent ones I should try:
Etsy is my favorite place to indulge my weird, fleeting obsessions. My “Items I Love” tab is a repository of pastel ceramics, vintage kimonos, old-school alarm clocks, and offbeat eyeglass frames—whatever it is that I’m really digging that day. The shopping experience couldn’t be easier, and if I want to check something out on a bigger screen before buying, I’ll just tap the “heart” button and open up my account on my laptop later.
Widely touted as a shoppable version of Instagram when it launched, Spring is indeed a highly addictive scroll. The mobile-first platform carries more than 800 brands, all of which you can follow with the tap of a button to create a custom feed. While sometimes I find the descriptions and photos to be a little lacking in the detail department (indicating heel height is a must, guys), this varies from brand to brand, and I almost always discover something new when I open it up.
The Wild West of e-commerce is surprisingly manageable in app form—I like to set alerts for certain searches (say, “margiela boots size 40”) and let technology handle the rest. Plus, if you do get into a bidding war, push notifications help ensure that you win.
I downloaded this ultra-popular shopping app—it allows users to sell stuff from their own wardrobe, and buy from the wardrobes of fellow users—mostly to get rid of the stuff I Konmari’d from my closet, and for a long time I actually managed to resist the urge to buy. But when a Proenza Schouler dress I was watching dropped below $100 … well, can you blame a girl for pulling the trigger? And, while I may not be a huge fan of the lingo Poshers use (why, oh why, must everyone call each other “hun”?!), the ability to make and review offers without any face-to-face haggling is a definite plus for anyone who, like me, finds that process painfully awkward.
OK, so I didn’t even know this existed until a few days ago, but, oh man, am I ever addicted already. The user experience is smooth, the photos are crisp, and my shopping bag is filling up faster than I’d like to admit. I haven’t had the chance to use all of the features—“find the closest store” isn’t necessary when you know them all by heart—but if the thousand-odd five-star ratings the app gets on iTunes are any indication, it’s going to be on frequent rotation.