When we finally found our dream tulle skirt, at a Mango press presentation no less, we were smitten. The good people at Factory PR were nice enough to send over a few extra skirts, and just in time for me to test out Glamour and Like.com’s new iPhone app, “Ask a Stylist.”
The product, which went live to the public on Monday evening, is the only iPhone application where you have access to real stylists with real answers in real time. Mind you, I’m not really the type who would use this kind of program. I’m a smart shopper, and I know how to wear all the pieces in my wardrobe. But it sounded like fun, so I decided to check it out.
I opened the app and was asked, “Do you want the stylist to help you decide between two looks or just give you feedback on one look?” Just one. Then I was asked to snap a picture of the item and send it, along with my question, to the stylist. So I did, and I told her, “I just got this pretty tutu. How can I wear it during the day?”
Next, I was given the option to choose from three different stylists. All of the stylists had mini “About” pages. After reading through each, I decided to go with Alexis Shaw, the “modern day hippie” who loves “floral dresses, feathers, fringe.” I thought it might be interesting to see what a bohemian-type would do with something so poufy and ultra feminine.
So after I picked my stylist, I was prompted to tell her where I was going: “Casual Affairs, Night out, Formal Events, At the Office or Vacation.” I picked Casual Affairs.
I was asked to specify the type of Casual Affair: “Day Date, BBQ, Sports Game, Bridal/Baby Shower.” None of the options were quite what I had in mind. Since I wanted something very casual, I picked BBQ.
After just a few short minutes, I was sent a response. Alexis said, “I think it’s best to go Carrie Bradshaw with the tutu. A tight neutral tank or t-shirt tucked into it, bringing the skirt higher on the waist. Not too high, though, you don’t want it to be too short in the back. Maybe add some big hair to complete the Sex and the City look!”
Yikes, I don’t want to be in costume. I don’t want to look like I’m dressing up as Carrie Bradshaw. I didn’t like this answer. But there are pros and cons to everything. While it’s always nice to receive advice, it’s still just an opinion. And you might love it, or you might hate it.
So if you’re standing in front of your closet on a Friday night with nothing to wear, would you reach for your iPhone and “Ask a Stylist” for help? Or would you stick with your own style instincts?
Ed note: Photo via That’s Chic. And we love the way Rachel wears her tutu!