08.04.134:45 AM ET

8 Great Apps for College Girls

Need a new look? Want to check a guy’s dateability? Download these useful tools and improve your life with the tap of a screen.

1. The Nearby

Face it: shopping sucks sometimes. You drag yourself around all the stores in your neighborhood only to find nothing you like in your size. Enter The Nearby: the app allows you to follow your favorite local shops and not only check out their merchandise, but also chat with clerks to reserve sizes or seek style advice.

2. Tokyo Fashion

This app gives you the lowdown on the latest fashion trends from Tokyo. Check daily for snapshots of Harajuku street fashion as well as news and beauty tutorials.


This app is your front-row ticket to global fashion. It provides video footage of runway walks, inside info on the hottest events of the season, profiles of couture’s biggest names, and a “look of the day.”

4. Forever 21

Love a good bargain, but hate the long lines at Forever 21? Try its app, which simplifies the shopping process with a bar-code scan that allows you to find your size at another store. You can also check out stylist-designed look books that will help you make outfits out of the vast piles of clothing on offer.

5. E! Online

Track all your favorite celebs with up-to-date news, photos, and video clips. The app has easy sharing capabilities to spread the word via social media, and it facilitates downloading the network’s top shows, like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Soup, and Live From the Red Carpet.

6. Chanel Fashion

For the classic fashionista fascinated by Coco’s legacy, the couture line’s very own app keeps you informed on its latest news and styles. With a focus on runway, the program offers thorough coverage of the season’s lines as well as behind-the-scenes Fashion Week coverage.

7. Net-a-Porter

Take the knockout style site with you wherever you go to shop the lines of over 350 top designers, searching by brand, color, style, price, and more. You can even create a wish list to keep track of those fantasy items that require some savings.

8. Lulu

Have you ever wondered whether that guy you saw at a party is a total jerk or Prince Charming? Lulu lets you find out: it flips female objectification on its head by allowing women to rate their male friends and ex-boyfriends on everything from appearance to, er, a certain set of skills. Exploitative? Yes. Valuable? Probably.