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