There's an App for That: Must-Have Mobile Shopping Apps

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Still aimlessly browsing for goods online or—worse—at the mall? That’s so last year. Read on for three hot shopping apps that are revolutionizing the way we build our wardrobes.

Fashion Kaleidoscope

(Source: Fashion Kaleidoscope)If you’ve ever wished you could shop directly from a Sartorialist image, this app is for you. Kaleidoscope invites users to swipe through a seemingly endless stream of street-style images and instantly purchase similar looks. Simply tap “shop the look” on the image you find inspiring, select the piece you’re after (say, that perfect floppy hat or a killer plaid coat) and the app pulls up a well-edited selection of comparable items in a range of prices you can buy right from your phone. And yes, it’s as dangerous as it sounds. (For iPhone and Android; free.)
(Source: Hukkster)We’ve all been there: seduced into purchasing that cashmere J. Crew crewneck, only to have a 30 percent off promo email hit our inboxes the very next day. Is there anything more frustrating? We think not, which is why we’ll be using Hukkster’s sale-watching app from now on. Just like the popular website that inspired it, the app tracks users’ favorite items and alerts them as soon as they go on sale (or are marked down as part of a limited-time promo). A bonus of the mobile version: you can even punch in the style code of that adorable Tibi dress you just tried on, and the app will let you know when the price has dropped. (For iPhone; free)

(Source: Lyst)We might fancy ourselves fashion connoisseurs, but in reality there’s just a short list of tried-and-true labels on which we rely. That’s why we’re obsessed with Lyst’s app, which grants users a front-row look at their favorite brands’ latest styles via a personalized Stylefeed. Say you’re a Free People fan. The app will show you the label’s latest and greatest looks as soon as they hit the market; if any strike your fancy, simply “Lyst” them, and the app will alert you if and when that embroidered maxi-dress goes on sale. (For iPhone; free)