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10 Styling Apps for the Mobile Fashionista

We rely on our mobile devices for everything from the latest news and weather to e-mail and social media updates, but did you know that your smartphone or tablet can also give you fashion and styling advice? Inspired by Pinterest and other pinboard platforms, a new generation of apps is offering a non-stop diet of the latest looks and trends, complete with customization tools to create a style that you can make your own.

With links to designer brands and retail stores, and a host of sharing options for friends and family, these fashion-conscious apps will keep you in the know, sharpen your shopping skills, and encourage your inner-designer. Here are 10 of our favorites:

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  • 1. Pose 1 of 10
    1. Pose
    Described as having a virtual shopping hotline in your pocket, Pose encourages you to snap your latest fashion find, post it on your stream, and get instant feedback from friends, family and other Posers. You can follow your favorite fashionistas, including dozens of celebrities and trendsetters, and organize all your favorite outfits into your own personal collections. Seriously addicting!
    Platform: iOS, Android Price: Free
  • 2. Stylebook 2 of 10
    2. Stylebook
    Stylebook is a closet management tool that allows you to organize and get the most out of your wardrobe. You can import all your clothes and accessories, layout different outfits, search for items to complete your chosen look, and even shop online at over 7,000 retailers. Style experts offer advice, and Style Stats offer insights into how well you are styling!
    Platform: iOS Price: $3.99
  • 3. Polyvore 3 of 10
    3. Polyvore
    A fun and social fashion app that lets you mix and match different outfits and then shop for the products you love. Polyvore allows you to browse thousands different styles and brands and follow the people you admire. Notifications provide instant feedback on new activity and messages, so you are always first to know about the latest trends!
    Platform: iOS Price: Free
  • 4. Fashion Freax Street Style 4 of 10
    4. Fashion Freax Street Style
    Taking its cue directly from Pinterest, the Fashion Freax Street Style app encourages you to share your very own style with similar style-minded people from all over the world. Upload your outfits and get instant feedback and style points, or share your comments on everyone else's latest look. Fashion bloggers and professional stylists offer additional inspiration.
    Platform: iOS, Android Price: Free
  • 5. Style Studio 5 of 10
    5. Style Studio
    You don't have to just look for the latest trends, you can also create them! The Style Studio app lets you use photos, graphics and an endless variety of outfits and accessories to customize your own creations. You can design for both male and female models, or use a picture of yourself or one of your friends. You can layout your own magazine cover, and everything is shareable through Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.
    Platform: iOS Price: $0.99
  • 6. Fashion Terms 6 of 10
    6. Fashion Terms
    If you're confused by fashion-speak, then the Fashion Terms app might be just what you're looking for! This fashion dictionary includes all the basics, as well as hundreds of terms that even the hardiest fashionista might struggle with. Everything is organized alphabetically or can be grouped by garments, accessories, textiles, etc. Many of the definitions are accompanied by illustrations for extra clarity.
    Platform: iOS Price: $0.99
  • 7. Swaag 7 of 10
    7. Swaag
    A styling app with a difference, Swaag is specifically created for sneakers and streetwear fashion. Upload photos, follow your favorite labels, and discover what styles are being worn on the street all over the world. Swaag encourages friendly competition through Swaag Battles, where the Swaag community decides who deserves ultimate styling supremacy.
    Platform: iOS Price: Free
  • 8. Cloth 8 of 10
    8. Cloth
    Described as your own personal outfit diary, Cloth helps you organize, save and share all your favorite outfits for any occasion at any time of year. You photograph your outfits and then tag them with notes and reminders. In-app editing tools make sure you're looking your best, and one-touch sharing options make it easy for your friends to check in and offer their approval. You collect points for sharing and the best outfits are featured on the Cloth blog and Facebook pages.
    Platform: iOS Price: Free
  • 9. Trendabl 9 of 10
    9. Trendabl
    Trendabl is a relatively new fashion social network that allows you to follow your favorite brands and designers and find out what's new. You can upload and tag your own content, search other people's offerings, and make new friends. You can collect things through your own custom ‘drawers,' and a soon-to-be-added shopping component will allow you to turn your virtual collections into the real thing!
    Platform: iOS Price: Free
  • 10. Chictopia 10 of 10
    10. Chictopia
    A relatively new app that allows you to find your personal style by browsing fashion pictures posted from all over the world. With Chictopia, you can browse by outfit or style, get ideas on what to wear for a particular night out or social gathering, and discover hot new trends. There are direct links to stylish boutiques and stores, and the selections are rounded out by constantly updated editors' picks.
    Platform: iOS Price: Free

Monica Vila is TheOnlineMom -a community devoted to promoting a healthy understanding and appreciation for the positive role technology can play in our lives. She’s constantly chatting on Facebook here or on Twitter @TheOnlineMom where you are more than welcome to join the conversation.

Photos from the App Store.

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