Do you ever flip through the pages of a magazine feeling a little bit envious of the celebrities, models, and fashion moguls that adorn its pages because you know you could never afford to dress like them? Think again, because nowadays there are plenty of ways to stay fashionable, even if you are on an extreme budget. Whether you’re looking to purchase an entirely new wardrobe for a fresh look or just a single designer item here and there, these four apps for your Android of iPhone are for you.
Poshmark features gently used items including clothes, accessories, and shoes. The great part about Poshmark is that you can follow famous stylists and buy items directly from their closets, so you are essentially hiring a stylist to put together outfits for you. You can even join virtual shopping parties to find the best deals. Looking to make a few extra bucks before you purchase something on the site? Poshmark is a great way to sell some of your gently used items that you no longer wear.
Rue La La
Becoming a member of Rue La La means that you get some of the best discounts on designer brands, often up to 70% off. Who doesn’t like getting the best deal possible when shopping. But you can’t wait around to buy something that catches your eye – each sale only lasts for 48 hours, and once the sale ends you can no longer access that price. But don’t worry, as a member you’re able to see upcoming sales and set reminders on your phone as soon as the sale period starts.
The Hunt is perfect for those shoppers that have a specific style piece in mind. It actually allows you to post a picture or short description of what you’re interested in buying, and the other members will let you know exactly where to buy it or find something similar. There’s a good chance you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for with The Hunt – there are about 4 million fellow members helping you out! But be sure to include your budget when searching for that perfect item – the app will ask you how much you are willing to pay for each item.
Rent the Runway
We all have that dress (or even ten dresses) that hangs in the closet after wearing it just once, never to be worn again. But with Rent the Runway you never have to worry about this. This app might not be exactly what some people are looking for when it comes to budget-friendly fashion – it is specifically meant for renting formal clothes at a fraction of the cost, rather than buying them. A basic membership is free, but if you want the ability to rent up to three items at a time you’ll need an unlimited membership for a small fee each month. So if you are okay with sending back that dress you wore to the gala last night, Rent the Runway is for you! Just make sure you’re not someone who is clumsy because if you get a stain on the dress, it’s yours now…