Ten Apps For The Fashion-Savvy Male
From making quick on trend purchases to organising your wardrobe and keeping track of the latest runway shows, we’ve rounded up ten of the best menswear apps on the market that are a must for any style-conscious smartphone user.
So whether you are an Android or iOS kind of guy, the apps below will ensure you stay well informed and ahead of the game…
Mr Porter (Android & iOS: Free)
This app from luxury retailer Mr Porter makes menswear shopping a breeze, with over 200 high-end brands available to browse, including the likes of Burberry, Balmain, Paul Smith and Richard James – all complete with imagery in zoomable high definition.
For regular customers, the app automatically syncs your shopping basket and wish lists to your Mr Porter account, and even allows you to add items to your wish list while offline.
The checkout process has also been simplified, making shopping on the go a breeze – great for when they launch their legendary end of season sales and you want to be first in the queue, no matter where you are.
ASOS (Android & iOS: Free)
There are two apps available to download from online retail giant ASOS: one specifically for shopping and the other a digital version of their in-house magazine.
The shopping app features collections from over 850 brands and syncs data automatically with your ASOS account – and between different devices – for easy on the go purchasing. Another handy feature is the inclusion of catwalk videos from the website, essential for seeing how pieces drape and fall on the body.
The magazine app, meanwhile, features content from ASOS’ monthly print publication, optimised for use on smaller screens, and has an easy click-through shopping function. So if you see something you like, there’s no time wasted in tracking it down.
Shopstyle (iOS & Android: Free)
Shopstyle.co.uk collates all the latest releases from over 2,000 UK high street and designer fashion brands into one easy to use website, making it the ultimate shopping destination for fashion lovers. FashionBeans’ own menswear-focused shop is actually produced in partnership with the brand, such is the sophistication of their back-end system.
Shopstyle’s app combines their sophisticated filtering system with an intuitive touchscreen interface, so whether you’re looking for the perfect check blazer or hunting down a specific pair of size twelve Valentino camo trainers, you’re sure to find exactly what you need quickly and easily.
Not only that, extra features such as editor’s picks, gift guides and trend compilations highlight key pieces that should be on your radar, while sale and price drop notifications enable you to pick up a bargain.
Valet Mag (iOS: Free)
One of the FashionBeans team’s daily reads, Valet is an independently-published lifestyle website that produces content on style, grooming and culture for the 21st-century gentleman.
Available for both iPhone and iPad, the brand’s dedicated app is excellent and looks particularly good on a tablet, delivering beautifully designed pages that are packed full of superb editorial, tailored specifically for touchscreen devices.
Key features include up to the minute fashion news, video style guides, how-to advice and trend reports, all updated daily.
It’s the ultimate coffee table book for your iPad, if you ask us. We were particularly impressed with Ask Valet: fire off a pertinent style question through the app and the Valet writers will usually ping back a response within twenty-four hours.
Style.com (iOS & Nook: free)
For hardcore fashion followers and industry insiders alike, Style.com’s app brings you reports, images and videos from the runway shows as they happen – perfect for men who want to see all the latest trends and collections first.
You can even go retro by scrolling through the app’s runway archives, which date back to the spring 2000 season.
Another highlight for style voyeurs is the party coverage, with pictures and commentary on events from the hottest cities in the world.
From The Newsstand
Esquire Weekly (iOS: £0.99 Per Issue)
A solid weekly read, Esquire Weekly is decent value for the 99p price tag. You really know what you’re signing up for with the Esquire name on the label – and the app certainly delivers with articles from regular contributors like David Granger, AJ Jacobs, Charlie Pierce and Stephen Marche.
Now available on both iPhone and iPad, previous editions have covered everything from festival style guides and how to boss a BBQ to the best shops for men and world cup style icons.
Each instalment promises to contain seven pieces of original writing spanning culture, politics, humour and food, alongside some re-purposed content from Esquire.co.uk. However, we can confirm that this overlap is minimal and only there to highlight essential reads you may have missed that week.
In terms of usability, this is a slick and well-polish app. The design has been developed from the ground up specifically for touchscreen devices, with features such as click to expand, animated images and interactive sections making it a pleasure to read and easily digestible on the go.
Subscription Costs: £0.99 per issue of Esquire Weekly or £4.99 for a full three month subscription, which includes three issues of Esquire plus twelve issues of Esquire Weekly. Bargain.
Details (iPad iOS: £3.99 Per Issue)
Our favourite magazine from across the pond, Details is similar in both tone and editorial style to FashionBeans, hence us being part of their Contributor Network. Offering a fresh and contemporary perspective on everything from fashion and fitness to movies and sex, Details is a well-rounded publication that deserves its spot on any style-conscious gent’s coffee table each month.
However, it can be hard to locate outside of specialist magazine shops in the UK, which makes their digital iPad edition even more desirable. Now there is no need to trek down to your local WH Smiths to pick up a copy, you can download all the latest issues from the comfort of your settee.
Unlike the Esquire app above, Details’ digital edition doesn’t offer touchscreen-specific features like click to see more or vertically scrollable pages. That being said, it is completely zoomable and easy to read.
Although only available on iPad via iOS’ Newsstand app here in the UK, US readers are able to download the tablet edition to Kindle Fire or NOOK devices. Those who already subscribe to the hard copy version of the magazine get tablet editions included free of charge as part of their existing subscription.
Subscription Costs: £3.99 per issue or £10.49 for one year (twelve issues). New subscribers currently get a thirty day free trial with a one year subscription, allowing you to see whether the content is for you before payment is made.
Stylebook Men (iOS: £2.49)
The ultimate organisation tool, Stylebook Men lets you catalogue your wardrobe by uploading photos of your key pieces. Once you’ve done this, you can then combine them on the app to create sets of go-to looks for future reference.
We particularly love the integrated calendar, which encourages you to keep track of what you’ve worn each day and allocate outfits to future dates – perfect for planning what you’re going to wear to that big party or night out coming up.
Taking into account this information, the app even has a Style Stats section that you can check to see what you wear the most, what you wear the least and which items offer the best value for money.
On top of all this, you can also read interviews with fashion insiders, learn how to manage your wardrobe and create holiday/business trip packing lists. It’s no wonder the creator was a Vogue fashion cupboard intern in a former life.
Fashion Terms (iOS; £0.69)
Save embarrassment at the tailors or when meeting your personal shopper by indulging in some light perusing of this pocket guide.
The dictionary-style app will demystify essential fashion terminology so that you know your notches from your shawls and your H-line from your A-line.
As if you didn’t already…
Necktie Deluxe (iOS; £0.69)
Tying a tie is something every man needs to know how to do – it’s a rite of passage.
Available on both iPhone and iPad, the Necktie Deluxe app explains, through clear diagrams and written instructions, how to master all sorts of techniques from the Windsor and four-in-hand knot to a self-tie bow tie.
It also includes information on how to care for and clean your neck wear collection.
Android Alternative: Tie Deluxe
Have Your Say
This list is by no means exhaustive. Like fashion trends, fitness fads and grooming techniques – technology is a constantly evolving beast.
We’d love to know if you’ve used any of our favourite apps, and how you rated them. What’s more, if you’ve discovered a great new app or daily must-read, then spread the word.
Drop us a comment below with your thoughts…