A ShopLook Review + How I Use It
I was an early adopter of online shopping and all the tools that came with it. Among my favorite applications was Polyvore, a styleboard tool that let you create outfits and other graphic, creative works from a convenient web interface. Polyvore was purchased several years ago and then shut down completely, much to the chagrin of millions of millennial fashion people.
A few months ago, however, I discovered ShopLook. The platform and interface is virtually identical to Polyvore, but it’s also got some great premium features for $3.99 a month, like advanced background removal and the ability to download your completed design. I have been happily paying for it for the past couple of months.
I like programs like ShopLook because you can upload any image you want to add to your design, either by using their web clipping tool or uploading from your computer. This makes the process styling-focused rather than shopping-focused.
I use it in two ways:
- to creatively put together outfits out of things I already own
- to imagine how something I’m interested in buying will work with my existing wardrobe
Here are a couple recent outfit designs, with my notes…
I have a big interview for my ordination process next week and I’ve been trying to figure out what to wear. My older blazers no longer fit, so I was on the hunt for a nice, secondhand one from Thredup, along with a pair of cigarette-style work pants.
After putting together this design, I decided to purchase the blazer and pants secondhand from Thredup.
Making it Work
I recently purchased this dress secondhand from Thredup and wanted to think through some ways to style it during these transitional-season days.
I thought about layering it over a mockneck and wearing it with this cotton sweater for an easy, grunge-inspired look.
I finished it off with my trusty Modern Vice boots.
Time for a Walk
I’ve been trying to go for a long walk at least twice a week. A walking outfit doesn’t need to be too special, but it does need to be practical.
This secondhand, zip-up velour jacket is a great layering piece, paired with easy denim, novelty socks, and trusty sneakers.
I like to bring my phone along to track mileage and take pictures on my journey.
As someone who straddles the line between maximalism and order, getting a sense of how things go together before I make a purchase is really helpful.
When looking at each outfit side-by-side, I also see that, despite a number of patterns and colors, I do have a specific way of dressing. I’m not sure how I would define it, but it shows me that I can trust my vision.