Stylish TECH­NOL­OGY

Put that phone or tablet to good use by let­ting it guide your sar­to­rial de­ci­sions, sug­gests Kevin Hack­ett

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MR PORTER

It may be an old clas­sic, but this is an easy-to-nav­i­gate app pro­vided by the peo­ple be­hind Net-A-Porter, the game-chang­ing global lux­ury shop­ping por­tal. Mr Porter en­ables users to shop more than 400 of the world’s lead­ing de­signer brands and take ad­van­tage of world­wide ship­ping. The app pro­vides style ad­vice from a panel of renowned ex­perts, in­ter­views with de­sign­ers, in­dus­try in­sid­ers and well known stylish men, travel tips, and guid­ance on lux­ury watches. View­ing in close-up de­tail is easy, so you can take away much of the guess­work when pur­chas­ing, and there’s a wish-list fa­cil­ity.

HOW TO TIE A TIE

A bril­liantly sim­ple guide to some stag­ger­ingly dif­fi­cult tie knots and pocket-square styles, this app is a must for any­one hop­ing to make the right im­pres­sion with their sar­to­rial de­tails. Prac­ti­cally ev­ery man knows the four-in-hand knot, but how about the Wind­sor, the Hanover, Grantch­ester or At­lantic? There are no fewer than 13 knots ex­plained here. And with this app at your dis­posal, there’s ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse for wear­ing a pre-tied bow tie – for the an­i­mated step-by-step in­struc­tions make it far eas­ier than it looks to get a real bow on the go. There are also in­struc­tions for three cra­vat (or As­cot tie) knots, eight pocket-square styles and 14 dif­fer­ent ways to wear a scarf.

HAIR CHANGER PHOTO BOOTH

This is an app with a dual pur­pose: it can be used to test out a hairstyle on your own head­shot be­fore you head to the bar­ber and po­ten­tially get a dis­as­trous cut, or it can pro­vide you and your friends and fam­ily with mul­ti­ple hours of en­ter­tain­ment. Bouf­fant, slicked-back, mul­let or skin­head – make your choice from a wide and di­verse range of styles and ap­ply them to a re­cent selfie. There are op­tions for fa­cial topi­ary, too, with out­ra­geous han­dle­bar mous­taches and a plethora of beard styles at your dis­posal, from hip­ster to de­signer stub­ble.

SHOPSTYLE

This is ba­si­cally a one-stop por­tal to the world of fash­ion, no mat­ter your age or gen­der. Punch in a de­scrip­tion of what it is you’re look­ing for – Gucci loafers, cheap jeans, Her­més tie, what­ever you like – and the app will tell you ex­actly where you can buy it on­line. What it won’t do (so far, at least) is fa­cil­i­tate those pur­chases, but that ap­pears to be its only down­side for those in a hurry. For ev­ery­one else, this is a fan­tas­tic tool for brows­ing and find­ing some­thing new to wear, with the bud­get dic­tated by the user.

STYLE­BOOK MEN

This is the only app de­tailed here that’s not free – it’s US$3.99 (Dh14.65) – but it’s use­ful for any­one strug­gling to com­bine the con­tents of their wardrobe into an out­fit that works. A cloth­ing-man­age­ment data­base, it al­lows you to pho­to­graph and cat­a­logue all your own clothes, pro­vides inspiration, and keeps tabs on what you’ve worn and when. It can help you avoid pur­chas­ing mis­takes, too, by serv­ing as a re­minder of how often you wear an item and its over­all cost per wear. Granted, it can be time­con­sum­ing to pho­to­graph all those clothes you’ve had vac­uum-packed un­der the bed for years, but once that’s done, the fun can be­gin, and there’s noth­ing quite like re­dis­cov­er­ing an old favourite.

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