I recently made the switch to the 21st Century and purchased a shiny sleek iPhone. Besides the fact that I finally had a functional phone, the feature that I was most excited about was access to the apps that make life easier and put fashion at my fingertips. Everyone knows about the exciting apps that the major labels and department stores have, but what about the lesser known apps? After hours of some of the most fun research I’ve ever conducted (and all from my iPhone), I’ve compiled a list of five fashion related apps that will simplify your life and are free to try them out. If you like the app, upgrade to the full version for just a few dollars.
Now, let’s get appin.’
How to Tie a Tie by ArtelPlus – The name is self explanatory and thankfully, so is the app. For many of us, our neckwear skills are limited to tying a basic knot . With the help of this app, you can add knots such as the half windsor or the diagonal to your neckwear arsenal. This app features twelve different tie styles, accompanied by easy to follow pictures. There are a number of free tie apps out there, but this app is the only one that features a written description that accompanies the how-to pictures. If you don’t have a beau to tie a necktie on, this app is still for you. I used this app the other night to tie my American Apparel The Sash belt and used the pratt knot to add a little spunk to my outfit. Plus, it’s just downright cool to know how to create more tie styles than most of the men in your life.
Laundry Care by Maximilian Larsson – Keep your delicates delicate and whites white, with the help of this app. Laundry Care will help you decipher the subtle differences in laundry symbols and identify the difference between the squiggle and the line, and the triangle versus the square. This app is incredibly easy to follow and covers the most laundry symbols that I’ve seen in a free app. The Laundry Care includes washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and dry-cleaning symbols.
Closet Lite by John Lacoviello – This is the best free app for closet organization and cataloging. Take pictures of your wardrobe and categorize your closet by footwear, tops, bottoms, accessories, or a category of your own. Assign outfits to your calendar and plan what you you are going to wear to a party, recall what you wore the last time you went on a date with Ted, or keep track of how many times you wear an item in your closet. While shopping, pull up your wardrobe pictures and know instantly if the cute top you have been drooling over will go with any of your skirts. This app allows you to get creative with what your closet already consists of; create random outfit combinations that you may not have thought of, just by shaking your phone. When going on a trip, Closet Lite can also create packing lists, so you’re never without your favourite heels or polkadot bikini.
What Should I Wear (WSIW) by Lucid Technologies, LLC - This app (unfortunately for me), is only for my fashion loving friends on the other side of the border. USA fashion lovers will be able to pick out what to wear quickly and easily with this app. Just by entering your zip code, WSIW will recommend specific pieces of clothing, according to the weather forecast that day. WSIW covers three clothing categories: tops, bottoms and shoes, and recommends specific items, so you’re always prepared for what Mother Nature has in store.
Size Assist by Martin Kubovy – I have been known to make the sheepish phone call to friends and family stating “Not that I’m buying you anything, but if I was, what size shoe would you be?” Size Assist puts an end to those dead giveaway phone calls, by cataloging your friend’s and family’s measurements. Store sizes for suit/coat/sweaters, dress shirts, shoes, pants, standard size and hats. An added bonus to this app is that with just one button, it can convert a size profile to/from United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Japan sizing.
Yes, technology has come a long way from rotary phones and party lines. With the help of the iphone, you can wash your clothes without making your skinny jeans anymore skinny, pick out what to wear, ensure you are appropriately dressed for the weather, run to the mall to buy a perfect fitting tie/shirt combination for your boyfriend, then tie it around his neck with confidence and skill.
Photos courtesy of Apple.
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