In a world filled with apps, there is precious little we can’t do on the go. But not every app is deserving of prime real estate on our smartphones. To simplify matters in the fashion department, we have picked five categories with apps that are worth downloading.

1. Closet Organization: Your calendar has a good sampling of events that beg the question, "What am I going to wear?" or the classic, "Have I worn this before with these people?" Since most of us don’t have fairy godmothers to turn to, there are two apps to the rescue.

Apps we heart: Cloth can help you archive daily looks, categorize by occasion, build a library of looks and your plus one will never complain about what’s taking that long (we can’t guarantee this one!)

Price: Free for a limited time!

Compatible with: iPhone, iPod and iPad

Stylebook on the other hand gives you inventory control, closet value (no need to discuss this with your significant other), a virtual wish list, and least worn and most worn outfits.

Price: $3.99

Compatible with: iOS only.

2. Street Style: Get the word on the street first. These are Instagram and Pinterest times, and point-and-shoot cameras have become great inspirational tools. Get a sampling of international street style and push the envelope for your wardrobe.

App we heart: Kaleidoscope not only curates street style but also provides links and locates product matches. It draws from global sites like Lookbook.nu and has great social sharing capacities. The best feature is their product recommendations!

Price: Free

Compatible with: iPhone and Android (Fashion Kaleidoscope)

While we’re on the subject, we can’t help but mention the mother of street style blogs, The Sartorialist. We believe the app is on its way. It was launched but save a Freeware site, we didn’t find it for iOS/ Android or Blackberry.

3. Registry: How many times have you visited a website and gathered items in your shopping cart and done nothing about them? Especially if you tend to be an online packrat like I do. Don’t you wish that you could see it all in one place? Brace yourself, because now you can.

App we heart: Have To Have is a registry app that lets you take photos, save products to your profile, keep pace with trends and best of all—tells you when the things you want go on sale!

Price: Free

Compatible with: iPhone, iPad and iTouch

4. E-commerce: Online shopping can be more time consuming than you think. Having all brands, styles and favorites at one place will save a lot of mindless web wandering. So if you haven’t already heard about them, these two apps are a good remedy.

Apps we heart: ShopStyle brings all the stores in one place and more than 300 retailers with different categories including apparel, home décor and kids. You’ll see finds from ShopBop, Net-a-Porter, Pottery Barn, Sephora and more.

Price: Free

Compatible with: iOS and Android

We also love the Gilt app because we can get labels for less (and we’re talking 60% less). Their iPad app has exclusive deals and steals you can grab. And it’s not just for women, you can shop for your beau, home and kids too. Kiss the guilt goodbye!

Price: Free

Compatible with: iOS, Android and Blackberry

5. Get the scoop: Ideally, it’s nice to flip a page of a magazine or your tablet and read about trends, but in these busy times, technology also presents the biggest oxymoron of our age—simplifying life but leaving no disposable time to cherish and nourish our souls. So when you’re pressed for time, get your fashion news with a tap of a finger. Every newspaper and magazine worth its salt has an app to show for it, so consider subscribing to Zinio and get your fill.

As for specific fashion news apps, we place our bets on:

The Collection, the fashion app by The New York Times that gives you access to designer profiles, behind the scenes action, blogs and videos and coverage from T Magazine and International Herald Tribune.

Price: Free

Compatible with: iOS

Who doesn’t want tips from Vogue? Get the inside story on trends, gawk-worthy, fresh seasonal looks that inspire and more with Vogue Stylist. You can shop from Vogue sponsors but we find the interface lacking a tad in dynamic features.

Compatible with: iOS

Style.com brings the runway to you. Fashion shows from London, New York, Milan and Paris delivered on your phone to make you feel like front-row material.

Price: Free for iPhone and iPad and $4.99 for Nook Color.

Compatible with: iOS and Nook

ChicFeed curates fashion and style news feeds in one place much like what Flipboard can do for all your magazines.

Price: Free

Compatible with: iOS only.


About Jo:

Jyoti “Jo” Peswani is a fashion maven. As a Chanel-obsessed, published fashion and lifestyle journalist, she definitely has a nose for everyday style. In addition to being an award-winning copy girl, Jo runs her own marketing and writing consultancy, The Idea Is {In}. Jo currently curates her inspirations, observations and ideas on her recently launched blog www.theideaisin.com/blog. She’s a strong advocate of living (and dressing) creatively and takes great pleasure in denying the existence of “the box.”