The holiday season is just around the corner, and while some have it billed as the most wonderful time of the year, when it comes to shopping, the packed stores and massive lines can also make it the most stressful time of the year. Instead of braving the crowds, we rounded up our 6 favorite apps that streamline the process down to one swipe! From L’Wren Scott‘s entire look book at your fingertips, to Snapette’s innovative ability to search nearby retailers for any item you want, these apps are great for shopping when you’re on the go, or if you need to make a last-minute purchase.
Attention, avid bargain shoppers! We found the perfect app for you, just in time for the holiday season. TheFind.com, one of the largest personalized search engines that finds the best shopping prices across numerous retail stores, recently launched its iPhone and iPad app, making it a cinch to get the best deals in the palm of your hand. You can use the app to scan in-store barcodes to locate the best price and even match in-store, scoop up coupons, and of course, shop on the go. TheFind app also personalizes your searches based on your Facebook likes and stores your shopping receipts. “Our personalization technology helps fine tune the huge online selection of products and stores—500 million products from 500,000 stores—into just the set that meets your taste and style,” Siva V. Kumar, TheFind’s CEO and Founder, told InStyle.com. An app that does the deal searching for you? Sign us up. You can download TheFind app for your iPhone or iPad for free now at itunes.apple.com.
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Rent the Runway, the online destination for designer dress and accessory rental, has recently released its first-ever app, and you guessed it—you can rent right off the runway on the go. But the app is so much more than that. It has a nifty new feature coined “Dress Match” that serves as a shopping tool, giving you the ability to snap a pattern, fabric, inspiration or an entirely other dress, and match it to a similar style in Rent the Runway’s 175+ designer inventory. “It helps answer that ‘Should I rent or should I buy?’ dilemma before even leaving a store,” said Jennifer Hyman, the company’s CEO and co-founder, in a statement. “Our mission remains: To make dressing up as fun, accessible and convenient as possible.” Shopping game-changer? We think, yes! Download the app for free on an iPhone or iPod Touch with iOS 7 from the iTunes app store.
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We know the moment all too well: You purchased that hard-searched clothing item online only to find out that it looks completely different in-person than it does online. Now, thanks to the new iPad app Stylewhile you won’t have to return or second guess your online purchase, because now you can virtually try on the products. Stylewhile lets you pick a real-life model based on your body type, skin and hair color, then with just a few swipes, you can try on a mix of clothing (and play stylist by building outfits) to test out which sizes and looks work best for your body. If you love the items you “tried on,” the app also allows you to directly shop from retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, the app’s current exclusive partnership (with more e-retailers coming soon), giving your fingertips access to international designers including Diane von Furstenberg, J Brand and Alexander Wang. “This new app will make their online shopping easier and more fun,” said founder and CEO Jutta Haaramo in a statement. “Our dream is to build an app that helps women to find and buy the right items so that there would be a lot less of those ’I have nothing to wear’ moments or ‘this looks differently in person than it did online’!” Consider it done! Download the free app for iPad with IOS 6 and 7 operating systems at itunes.apple.com.
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While a lavish launch party announcing a brand’s latest products was once the norm in the beauty world, NARS is changing the game by giving users a sneak peek at their upcoming Guy Bourdin-inspired range via Snapchat — which will then disappear into the ethos forever. The collection inspired by the late French photographer will roll out to stores on October 15, but if you’re an avid Snapchatter, you could be getting previews of the impressive range in the weeks before the official release date. So, how does it work? Simply follow the “Narsissist” account on Snapchat, and you’ll get access to a ten-second first look at the products as soon as today. NARS isn’t the only style giant sending out snaps — for New York Fashion Week, Rebecca Minkoff enlisted the service to reveal pieces from her spring collection before the outfits even hit the runway. If you don’t already have the app, download it for free at itunes.apple.com or play.google.com, and keep an eye out for NARS’ Guy Bourdin collection when it arrives on October 15!
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Yes, it’s true. Designer Rebecca Minkoff will be giving a 10-second glimpse of five to ten looks from her Spring 2014 collection right before they hit the runway through the iPhone and Android app, Snapchat. The designer tweeted the news yesterday stating, “Add us on @Snapchat! We’ll reveal #RMSPRING looks before they hit the runway. Watch the space starting 2PM. Username: rebeccaminkoff #nyfw.” If you don’t already have the Snapchat app, you can download it for free at itunes.apple.com or play.google.com and then add rebeccaminkoff as a friend to get your first look at the collection right before 3 p.m. when the looks will be strutting down the runway at Lincoln Center. We’ll be watching too and trying to figure out just how fast we can take a screenshot of each look!
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Last night, stylist extraordinaire Rachel Zoe helped launch the fashion game app, Covet Fashion, in downtown New York City alongside her husband Rodger Berman. This is one of Zoe’s favorite apps, we learned, and there’s a reason why: She is Covet’s first-ever Style Ambassador. The app — which was on display on iPads around the event space for guests to test out — allows you to build your virtual dream closet, dress an avatar you create in your favorite luxury looks and ultimately buy whichever pieces you, well, covet. A virtual stylist? No wonder Zoe is a fan. “Me and video games is an oxymoron, but I’m obsessed,” Zoe told InStyle.com. “The thing I get asked the most in my life is ‘how did I become a stylist,’ or ‘I can’t dress myself and I don’t understand fashion and style.’ Here, you actually get to do it, demo it, see if you like and buy it if you want to. You have the option, it’s kind of great.” In her role, she’ll offer fashion advice and judge users’ styling choices as “coveters” sift through the offerings by by Rebecca Minkoff, Mara Hoffman, DKNY and more. Try the app yourself by downloading it on iTunes.
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If you don’t have the time to play sale watchdog, let the deals come to you through your phone with Vente-Privee’s app. The members-only shopping site just rolled out an updated version of their app for iPhone, iPad and Andriod devices, which not only offers up to three new flash sales on designer goods (think Oscar de la Renta and Yves Saint Laurent) every day at 10 a.m. ET, but now also exclusive perks like free shipping on orders with a $100 American Express card purchases and special promotions. “This makes your shopping seamless,” Katherine Wu Brady, CEO of Vente-Privee USA, told InStyle.com. “From between meetings to between commercials, you’re always two clicks away from finding what you love at a fantastic price.” The best part? Becoming a member is absolutely free. To get your daily fill of exclusive deals, download the app for free at itunes.apple.com.
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