There’s practically no limit to where and how you can get chic these days–anyone with a mobile phone or a computer can share her outfits with a friend halfway across the world or shop for discounted Prada at 4am. And to help you make sense of all of the countless options out there, we’ve created a handy shortcut guide to the web’s best style sites and apps…
SAMPLE AND FLASH SALE SITES:__
Beyond the Rack: Invitation only shopping site with designer clothes and accessories at discounted prices
eBay’s Fashion Vault: Online sales lasting 48 to 72 hours only; recent offerings include premium denim by Paper Denim & Cloth; allows you to sign up for Fashion Vault updates so you don’t miss a sale.
Editor’s Closet:: Members-only sample sales offering up to 80% off American and European designers; recent sales include Tom Ford sunglasses and Nvey cosmetics.
Gilt Groupe: Invitation-only sales of designer merchandise for men, women, and children at up to 70% off. Each sale offers a single designer, lasts only 36 hours, and works on a first-come, first-served basis.
Gilt Fuse: The “little sister” site to Gilt Groupe, featuring younger, more affordable merchandise for women only.
Gomatta Girls: Discount shopping site offering just one big deal each day; recent items include Calvin Klein dresses and Bijoux Wave jewelry.
Guiltless Purse: A no-membership-required “never ending sample sale” for designer handbags; limited inventory from Treesje, Lauren Merkin, Botkier, Cole Haan, and more.
Hautelook: Registration-only online sample sales, up to 75% off items for women, men, kids, home, and beauty; recent sales include LORAC cosmetics from $4, Moschino watches and jewelry, Splendid tees & tanks.
I Love Sample Sales: Comprehensive listing of sample sales by city and online
Ideeli: A members-only shopping site featuring limited-time sales of women’s clothing, accessories, and home goods. Get a $25 credit for each friend you invite who makes a purchase.
Ivory Trunk: Private online sales for registered members; recent sales include Coach handbags, Michael Kors watches, and sunglasses by Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Chloe, Armani, Fendi, Valentino, Christian Dior for up to 75% off.
Ooh I Love: Online auction site that allows you to bid on designer goods for just 99 cents per bid.
Rue La La: An invitation-only sample sale site offering limited-time boutique sales; members receive a $10 shopping credit for every friend they refer.
The Sample Sale: Designer clothes up to 80% off for registered users with sales open for 24-72 hours; recent items include Miss Oops, Hanna G, Level 99
The Savvy: Sample sales open to the public in New York City and Los Angeles; online for members.
Swirl by Daily Candy: Subscription-based sample sales in partnership with popular online newsletter Daily Candy
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SHOPPING PREFERENCE SITES:
Covet: Learns your preferences via its “visual stylizer,” then sends email updates alerting you to stuff currently on sale in your size.
Like: Shop for clothes, accessories, and home items “visually,” ie via color match, pattern match, shape match, or detail search; then refine by price, brand, etc.
MyShape: E-commerce site that considers your measurements and preferences to find looks that best flatter your figure; refer a friend and you each get a $25 shopping credit.
Rent the Runway: Invitation-only renting service with the latest looks from the runway, sent to you in two different sizes for a limited rental period at 10% of the retail price
Shop It To Me: Remembers your sizes and preferences, then finds sales at low prices in registered sizes and emails you an alert.
ShopStyle: Enter keywords of a product you’re looking for; refine your search by brand, store, color, size, or price; ask to be notified when an item you like goes on sale.
Style Salt: E-commerce site that allows you to search a celebrity outfit or runway look and click directly to buy.
Tobi: E-commerce site that allows you to chat with a live stylist while you shop.
ONLINE COUPONS AND DISCOUNT CODES:
Coupon Shack: Printable and online coupons for e-commerce and retail stores
Ebates: Get 4% to 6% cash back on purchases from more than 3,500 stores just for signing up
Retail Me Not: Coupon codes and discounts for 50,000 online stores; search the name of the site you’re shopping for an instantly-redeemable discount.
STYLE COMMUNITIES AND PHOTO-SHARING STYLE SITES:
Avenue 7: Create outfits, share them with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and your own online page, and rate other users’ looks.
Chictopia: A community site that allows users to upload photos of their favorite looks and receive feedback from fellow users about what looks good on them.
Lucky Toes: Share photos of your shoes and let people know where you bought them.
Polyvore: Virtual styling tool that lets users mix and match pieces from any e-commerce site to create and share looks.
Stylecaster: Create looks from designer inventory (with click-to-buy options), comment on other users’ looks, and view outfits from 360 degrees.
Styleite Style Sheets: Upload a photo of your own street style look; browse other users’ street style looks for inspiration.
The Fashion Spot: Forums where users can discuss the latest fashion news, seek and give personal style advice, and share shopping tips.
Tweet My Style: Photo community that allows users to Tweet photos of their outfits each day.
Tweet My Bag: Photo community that allows users to Tweet photos of their handbags each day.
Ask A Stylist: Glamour’s own app that allows you to send a wardrobe question (and a photo) to one of our style experts and receive an answer in minutes.
Fashion Sense: Helps you choose the most flattering pieces for your specific figure
Gap Style Mixer: Create and share outfits from Gap; get exclusive discounts when the app is opened inside a Gap store.
iStyleCircle: Get instant advice and style tips from like-minded fashion fanatics.
Lustr Fashion Finder: Find a store in your geographic area based on specific criteria of what you’re shopping for; get exclusive sales alerts and promos.
360 Fashion Mags: Get updated information from your favorite fashion magazines, all culled together in one place.
My Style Fashion Assistant: Keeps track of what you have in your closet, what you wear most often, and what’s on your wish list to help you decide what to wear.
Stylebook: Turn yourself into a virtual paper doll by layering images of your clothes over a photo of yourself; catalog your wardrobe items for easy.
Touch Closet: Uses photos of your existing clothes to track outfits, create favorite looks, and remind you which days you wore what to avoid frequent repeats.
ShopStyle Mobile: Brings ShopStyle to your phone–search for an item by price, brand, sale, store, or size, and buy directly from your mobile device.
Style.com: A free app that lets your browse the latest runway shows from your iPhone.
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