Bestie App, free
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The Apple App Store describes Bestie as "a new and fun way to collect, organize, shop, share, and buy all the Internet's products." But I'm calling it "Instagram with a 'Buy Now' button." If you're as Instagram-obsessed as the DC staff, then the Bestie App is right up your alley. The mobile app and website arrange products into a shoppable, scrolling feed much like your favorite image app. You can follow people with similar shopping tastes and curate your own feed of products. Who knows? You might stumble upon a must-have item.
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LIKEtoKNOW.it connects right to your existing Instagram account, no extra app necessary. Every time you see a 'gram with an item you're dying to have, double-tap. LIKEtoKNOW.it will send an email to your address with the source of the items in that pic. Of course, this only works with Instagrammers that use LIKEtoKNOW.it, so it may not be too helpful until you find more accounts that use it. Hint: If you frequent the OOTD hashtag, you may want to start including LIKEtoKNOW.it links on your account.
Available at this site.
The Hunt, free
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The Hunt is like going shopping with 3.5 million of your best friends who are all "obsessed with shopping and helping each other feel amazing," according to the App Store. Do you have a picture of a dress that you're dying to have but can't find anywhere? Ask The Hunt. The app will put a community of shopping pros to work finding your dress. In turn, you can help other fashionistas find their mystery items. Suggest items to friends, curate your style, or just browse. Go meet your kind of people on The Hunt!
Keep Shopping, free
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Imagine Pinterest if Pinterest were full of exclusively shoppable, exclusively chic content—no recipes, no crafts, just shopping. That's Keep. "Keep is the easiest and most delightful way to shop on your mobile device," the App Store says. "With Keep, you can discover and buy the latest trends in fashion, home decor, accessories, and design." Careful, though! With this much shopping at your fingertips, your bank account may take a serious hit.
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Don't write this one off just because it comes with a price tag. Skip the 4-dollar mocha this afternoon, and treat yourself to Stylebook. If you're a serious fashionista, this app is going to be your new best friend. The App Store details all its handy uses: "Import your actual clothes, create magazine-style outfits, plan what to wear, create packing lists, and learn more about your wardrobe with statistics like cost per wear." Cool, right?
Available on iOS.
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Named by Apple as one of the "Top Apps of 2014," Spring is a must-have accessory. If you online-shop with 15 tabs open at a time, this app is for you. Streamline your online shopping experience into this handy-dandy application. "Shop new arrivals every day from all the shops on Spring," says the App Store, "from luxury labels to emerging designers, fast-fashion, beauty, and lifestyle—all in one app!" Plus, it's free.
Available on iOS.