I don’t remember exactly how, but the other week I somehow stumbled upon Couturious (lady on the left) and after a bit of fiddling began to really enjoy their virtual dress up set-up. You can pick a model, and then dress them up using a large array of fashions, from a variety of brands on the high to low spectrum. It was just when I was about to write this post, and was trying to look up more on the site that I stumbled upon Looklet (lady on the right), which has a similar idea and looks like it came around first. Looklet has a bit more of a high fashion look, and enables you to give your looks different effects. It looks a bit more true to life, and has a lot more in terms of some avant garde looks. I like Couturious, because a lot of things had options to be worn different ways and it was sometimes a bit easier to layer items then in Looklet (I’m still working out their system).
On the page of a particular look, Couturious give a picture break down of all the items used from which you can then shop should you so choose.
Looklet breaks it down right on the “looks” page, listing each item used and its designer. It definitely gives of a magazine-y type vibe.
Both sites enable other users to “like” and comment on your looks, and to have follower and friends of your profile. So far, Looklet seems to have a definite social networking aspect to it, with a wall feed reminiscent of Facebook. It looks like its been around longer and has a large cache or user worldwide (from my brief toying with the site thus far, the US seems to be a minority)((which makes for an interesting look at tastes around the world). Couturious has grown and evolved even though I’ve only been playing with it for about a week, so I’m betting more features will continuously be added.
What’s fun about these sites is the idea of playing with a multitude of different styles and seeing how things can be layered and work together. It’s a fun exercise in stretching your style: you can be as safe or as daring as you want and you can easily explore different styles that you may never think of wearing yourself. You may even find it interesting the styles you end up liking, and the pieces you pair together. I know I certainly was.
So go ahead, check them out and let your inner stylist play! :)