Paying full price is something savvy shoppers just don’t do. But the excessive amount of sales and crowded markets of affordable fashion can be overwhelming. That’s where technology steps in to make it super easy to find the best deals personalized for your location, budget and particular style needs. Here are five fashion apps you’ll want to get asap.
Released less than two weeks ago, this location-based app maps out sales in your area. From independent boutiques to major retailers, you’ll never have to miss out on a bargain again. ShopDrop is currently available in New York City, with plans for expansion.
If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of goods on eBay, give Poshmark a chance. You can score on trendy clothes and accessories at up to 70 percent off. Items are easily searchable and you can even join curated fashion parties like Work Week Chic, Premium Denim or Just Jewelry party.
Have you ever seen a woman rocking a gag-worthy garment and wondered, “Where did she get that?” ASAP54 helps you solve your fashion dilemma. Just upload a pic of the clothes or accessories you’re coveting, and the app’s visual recognition technology helps you locate a comparable item. If the database can’t find what you’re looking for, the app employs in-house stylists who’ll assist you further with a 24-hour turnaround time.
Who doesn’t want to earn rewards just for shopping or even walking into a store like Macy’s, Target or Old Navy? It sounds too good to be true, but the six million and counting Shopkick users know the deal. Shoppers earn “kicks” for entering select stores, scanning products and purchasing items. Those kicks are then redeemed for gift cards and products.
Part of being a smart buyer means comparison-shopping for the best deal, but no one has time to browse multiple sites. Luckily, all you have to do is scan a barcode or enter a product’s name into Price Grabber. It’ll locate the retailer with the lowest price, and you can even set price alerts to be notified when an item you have your eye on has been reduced.
—Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and on-air style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow Patrice on Twitter and Instagram for daily style inspiration.