Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

The App That Lets You Be a Paper Doll

This post is sponsored by Styled by Trendage, the app that inspired this article. 

Trying and sharing new products are one of the things I enjoy about blogging. Today I’m doing my first review on an app! Remember in the movie Clueless, Cher virtually tried on outfits using Polaroids? Well fast forward 20 years (was Clueless actually that long ago? Yikes) and we have a very similar capability available on our iPhones with the Styled app.

I like the concept behind this app for several reasons:

  1. It lets you become a virtual paper doll.
  2. It’s a free way to expand your wardrobe, even if it’s only imaginary!
  3. Potentially it could save you from buying clothes that aren’t flattering or your style, because you can get a preview of how certain colors and styles might look prior to purchasing something online.

Styled by Trendage App Review

To start the process, I uploaded my headshot. My photo then appeared on a little digital paper doll. Neat! You can also take a selfie with the app, but I had better luck using an existing photo. Next the app prompted me to choose a hairstyle and a body shape. I chose the hairstyle that made me look the most like me, but you can also have fun experimenting with what you’d look like with totally different hair.

Then your virtual self can try on clothes. The app will give you look after virtual look to “try on.” If you like a look, save it for future browsing. If you like it, you can save it. It’s something I can see teens and 20-somethings enjoying.

 

The app runs a bit slow for me at times, but I’m still on iOS9. If your phone is newer than mine (and 99% of you probably have a newer phone than me, let’s be honest. Note to self, go to Apple store ASAP) it will probably run great. And iPhone users, this app is only for you. I hope the company will expand beyond Apple to reach a greater audience in the future.

If you’re looking for a new way to virtually try on a new wardrobe, either for practical purposes or to keep yourself occupied on public transportation, Styled by Trendage is a fun addition to your iOS apps.

Throwback to Summer

The Pink PaperdollEveryone is so excited for pumpkins and raking leaves, and here I am reminiscing about lake shores and sundresses. Regardless of the season, I’m so excited to share this outfit post. I bought the dress for my cousin’s wedding, which was a casual wedding on a working farm. The fabric, viscose and silk, was breathable and comfortable. It ended up being one of my favorite purchases of the summer. The Pink PaperdollThis Anthropologie Santee Swing Dress is now majorly marked down (over $125 off!), although only available in limited colors and sizes. Sometimes getting end-of-season deals can really work out in your favor. The Pink PaperdollPineapple accessories can be worn year-round in my book. I wore this pink pineapple belt in October with a different dress. I also plan to get a little more wear out of this dress by pairing it with a blue wool cardigan. Even though the print is tropical, the fabric is thick enough to gracefully transition into cooler weather.

Pink pineapple belt! Fun summer accessories What do you think of using summer pieces into fall? As long as it’s done sparingly and appropriately, I think it can be a great way to get more use out of favorite garments that stir up fond memories of summer.

The Pink PaperdollDress – Anthropologie. Belt – from a friend. Hat – inherited from my grandma

Photos by Mo Ashley, shot in downtown Wayzata, MN