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Six Must-Have Apps to Enhance Your Shopping Experience


From snagging discounts on the fly to e-sharing a new outfit with friends to organizing your expanded wardrobe, there are numerous applications that you can download to your mobile device to help you shop smarter and enhance your overall shopping experience. Here are six handy apps to get you started.


Track the latest fashion trends with Trendtracker

Looking for inspiration off the runways of New York and Milan or hoping to spice up your wardrobe with this season’s hottest colors and patterns? Trendtracker’s trend reports and vast fashion photo gallery have you covered. With real-time updates on fashion shows and events from around the world, you’ll never have to wonder whether you’re committing a fashion faux pas or if your fashion faux pas is this season’s new black. Compatible devices: Blackberry, Android, iPhone


Never miss another VIP sale with Lustr

If you love a good deal, but never seem to have enough time to scour the web, Lustr connects you to insider offers, sample sales and trunk shows from thousands of stores and brands such as Tory Burch, Henri Bendel and DVF. Search their catalog by category, style, occasion or personal preferences, or let Lustr’s GPS-enabled finder uncover the perfect deal for you wherever you are, whenever. Compatible devices: iPhone, iPad


Earn rewards at your favorite shops with Shopkick

Whether shopping is your best friend or worst enemy, Shopkick makes it easy to be rewarded for doing it. By walking or “checking in” to thousands of stores or scanning select retail items, you can earn points (“kickbucks”) that can be redeemed for offers. So before you snag that next Coach handbag or pair of True Religion jeans, be sure to “check-in” and earn a little something back for your investments.  Compatible devices: Android


Get style advice from friends (and critics) with Go Try It On or Fashism

This isn’t for the wary introvert. But if you’re unafraid to wear it, flaunt it, and ask friends and a group of fashion-hungry critics for their opinion, then Fashism or Go Try It On can become your digital fashion stylist. After uploading a photo of yourself trying on an outfit, reviewers can rate whether your ensemble is hit or a miss. The communities on both sites are pretty polite overall, but you do have the option of blocking any nagging naysayers. Compatible devices: iPhone


Organize your wardrobe with Stylebook

Gone are the days when you had to wonder whether you already owned a pair of stilettos to complement the dress you just purchased. Stylebook takes the guesswork out of organizing and updating your wardrobe. By uploading images of items from your closet, you can create a digital rack that makes it easy to mix-and-match and layer new-finds from your favorite stores without trying anything on. An added plus is the Stylebook calendar that lets you plan your outfits for the week and special events anytime, anywhere. Compatible devices: iPhone

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