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Eight great fashion apps

So long shopping till you drop – bag the latest trends from your smartphone

Written by
Katie Rosseinsky

Shop the best new season styles, get professional make up advice or hand over your dirty dresses to a mobile laundrette, all from the comfort of your iPhone with the apps that fashion insiders have saved on their homescreens. 

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The Edit

1. The Edit

Think of The Edit as Tinder for the fashion-obsessed. We don't mean that it'll banish the poorly dressed from your feed of potential e-suitors: instead, this app lets you swipe through and 'like' clothes and accessories from hundreds of brands, including high street favourites like River Island, Warehouse and Mango. You can then purchase pieces from your wishlist with ease.


2. Laundrapp

What to do when you’ve drizzled salad dressing all over this season’s suede skirt? Get Laundrapp – think Uber for dirty laundry. Just book a collection slot, hand over your clothes and wait for them to be returned all clean and fragrant.  They’ll probably even fish out that rogue red sock from your white wash, too. Prices start from £1.50 per item, including collection and delivery, with a minimum order of £15.

Farfetch Discover

3. Farfetch Discover

Farfetch has picked the brains of its international squad of boutique owners and fashion insiders, and distilled their secrets into a handy app. It’s like Trip Advisor for style-obsessed travellers, flagging up cool shopping haunts in every far-flung corner of the globe. There’s also the option to browse and buy high-end pieces directly from any of Farfetch’s 300-odd affiliate boutiques.


4. Shopa

Can’t hand over your credit card details without a gaggle of friends on standby to ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ potential purchases? You’ll like Shopa, which gives online shopping a sociable spin. It’s a Pinterest - Instagram hybrid, featuring a bunch of affordable, trend-led brands: once you’ve made and shared a wishlist of high-end pieces to your followers, you can shop directly from it (or just nose around at what other users are buying.) And if a pal buys something you’ve recommended, you will recoup 10 per cent of the cost in virtual credit.


5. Grabble

It’s got a Tinder-inspired ‘like it or ditch it’ swipe interface that lets you collate a list of pieces you love, but what sets Grabble apart from other app offerings is the nifty sale alert feature. If an item you’ve ‘grabbed’ goes down in price, it notifies you immediately to ensure you never miss a bargain. The product edit has been curated by Cherry Collins, a former Net-a-Porter Group stylist, and includes brands like Cos, Maje and J. Crew.

Ask Bobbi

6. Ask Bobbi

Download makeup maestro Bobbi Brown’s first app to benefit from beautification advice on the go. Ask Bobbi takes into account past purchases to offer tailored advice and recommendations.  So if you’ve just shelled out for some foundation, you can access tutorials and step-by-step guides for easy application. There’s also the option to book in for a make-up lesson at your local Bobbi branch or shop straight from the app.


7. Depop

Like eBay without the effort, Depop lets you buy and sell clothes from your smartphone. The process is simple – snap a picture, add a filter (if you so wish), upload and share with the app’s 2 million strong community of users. It’s not just for private sellers, either: brands on board include ASOS, Lazy Oaf and the Goodhood Store.

The Net Set

8. The Net Set

Net-a-Porter have finally made the leap onto our smartphone screens with the launch of The Net Set.  A predictably sleek, high-end affair, it’s a fully shoppable social network that lets you recommend brands to friends, share favourite items and form ‘style tribes’ with likeminded fashion fans. You can even get shopping advice from The Style Council (that’s a group of industry insiders like Laura Bailey and Alexa Chung, not Paul Weller).

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