Isn’t the Internet so wonderful? Ever since smartphones have become glued to our hands, the Internet keeps us entertained, helps us procrastinate, and makes social interaction more accessible. One of the best things to ever come out of the “internet + smartphones” equation is clothing shopping apps – and all the ladies say Amen.
It’s never been easier to find and buy things that we dream of. The industry of e-retailing has become prominent and accessible; an app and a credit/debit card is all you need to explore the offers of the online stores.
Today, we present to you 10 luxury clothes shopping apps and discuss the pros and cons of using them. It’s not easy to find a balance between traditional and online purchasing, but we hope our tips can help you do so.
PROS: Shopping for Clothes Online
Unbelievable convenience. Unlike brick and mortar stores with fixed hours, there’s nothing to stop online shoppers from choosing any time of the day or night for their shopping sprees. You don’t have to dress up and set aside a large amount of time for online shopping. It’s especially useful for moms with small children, home-bound customers, or for the times when the weather is not on your side.
Price comparisons. When you shop for clothes online, you don’t have to settle for any prices. Most clothing shopping apps allow you to compare prices from hundreds of different vendors. In addition, many will offer you discounts if you prove to be a faithful customer. This way, you can keep apprised of upcoming sales that would otherwise have passed you by.
Infinite choice. Brick and mortar stores have limited shelf space, which means there are only so many clothes you can peruse. With an online store or an app, the choices become overwhelmingly abundant. Plus, there are so many apps that you can simply move to the next one if you can’t find what you need.
Access to consumer reviews. Pretty much anything that gets sold online has already been reviewed by previous customers. Thanks to this incredible access to reviews, you can make more informed purchases. Not sure if you should buy that leather jacket? Simply look at the reviews from other consumers.
No pressure sales. Eager salespeople have a way of propositioning us until they make it awkward. If you shop online, you don’t have to put up with that. You have complete control over your shopping experience, which is the best part of online purchasing.
CONS: Shopping for Clothes Online
You can’t try them on. This is the biggest disadvantage of buying clothes online. Not only can you not try the piece of clothing on, but you also can’t feel the material and see how it fits your body shape. Shopping online for clothes can be a bad experience if you don’t know your measurements and the brand of clothing offered. Thankfully, most shopping apps make it very easy to return the unwanted item.
You can’t have immediate assistance. If you have a question about a clothing item, you usually have to wait at least 24 hours to get it answered. Clothing shopping apps, however, are starting to include “instant chats” that take care of this issue.
Privacy and security concerns. Any online shopper must be aware of these real concerns. Fortunately, taking some precautions will ensure you make safe transactions. For example, installing free spyware removal tools, paying attention to HTTPS protocols, surfing anonymously, and keeping your web usage private are some smart ways to address security issues.
There are so many wardrobing and clothes shopping apps out there that you could literally choose any one of them. However, thanks to user reviews, we can present you the top 10 iOS and Android apps so you can decide which works best for you.
Available on both iOS and Android, ClosetSpace is basically an electronic wardrobe that helps you catalog what you own. You can upload an image from your device, or simply paste an URL with the web image. The app allows you to group items in a number of ways (based on color, material type, date last worn, and number of times worn). You can also create outfits and label outfits according to event (e.g. work, clubbing, evening), among other features.
In spite of being a brand-new shopping app, Spring gets all the rave reviews. The iOS app currently boasts more than 100 fashion brand partners, such as luxurious Hugo Boss and Warby Parker. Once you find something you like, buying it is as simple as swiping with your fingertip. This app will prove a wonderful experience for anyone who loves shopping but hates the hustle and bustle of going to the mall.
3. Rue La La
Thanks to its preponderance of major brands, Rue La La easily stands out from the rest of the clothing shopping apps on the e-market. You can expect savings of up to 70 percent off by simply creating an account on the iOS or Android app. If you’re tired of remembering usernames and passwords, you can log in with Facebook or Google. You’ll find the app is really fun to browse due to the thoughtfully organized and curated “boutiques.”
Wish markets itself as “shopping made fun,” and we couldn’t agree more. This app specializes in matching customers with memorable fashions and unbelievable deals. And who doesn’t love a good retail discount? The app provides fashion options for both men and women, so download the iOS or Android app with confidence. For a limited time promotion, the app offers an exclusive gift card for new customers signing up.
Craves’ newest iOS app is the next step in luxury clothes shopping apps. In addition to keeping you up to date with what the celebs fashion style, it can also find you similar items. It’s never been easier to emulate the lavish style of your favorite actress! Just snap photos of the clothes you want and the fashion-focused app promises to return your search in just seconds. If you’re happy with the results, you can make the purchase in-app. No barcode-scanning required.
Polyvore has already made quite a name for itself in the clothes shopping business. Their app is great for finding new fashions (available both on iOS and Android), buying new clothes, or simply getting styling advice. The best feature of the app is the ‘mix and match,’ which allows you to create collages that other users can then browse and buy. If you enjoy the social aspect of shopping, this community-focused shopping app is a must-have.
According to the company itself, “JackThreads exists because we believe style, quality, and everyday value should be easily accessible.” The iOS app features curated gear from upcoming brands, limited-run collaborations, and an impressive range of quality items from the JackThreads namesake line. The app allows you to shop whenever and wherever you want, without ever having to set foot in a store.
ASOS prides itself “the number one online fashion destination.” You don’t have to take them up on their word; just browse through the 850 brands they offer. With the ASOS app for iOS and Android, you can easily find what you want. Anything you like on ASOS is shoppable. The app offers criteria-based searches, either by type, size, brand, price or color. At the same time, you can sync your Saved Items and Shopping Bag between your devices – genius, right?
Ladies, it’s time you trust Fashionista’s iOS app to find you the best deals on clothes, shoes and accessories. Partnering fashion brands allow you to shop for deals at over 50 percent off. Use the expert search to scour the internet for the best deals without wasting your time. Fashionista offers deals from famous brands, including Gap, Banana Republic, Nine West, Victoria Secrets, Old Navy, and much more.
We’re saving the best for last. thredUP is a contender for the world’s largest online fashion resale shop, and the 25,000 brands for women and kids are proof of that. The collections include tried-and-true favorites (including J. Crew, Kate Spade New York, and Anthropologie) and new designers you will want to try. thredUP features clothes and accessories for any seasons for affordable prices. You can now download the iOS and Android app.
Whether you’re looking for winter apparel, athleisure, or the outfits for the next beach vacation, any of the apps we’ve presented here can help you find the best deals. Let us know in the comments if you use any clothes shopping apps, and what are the features you’re looking for.