As most collegiettes know, finding great clothes is no longer restricted to reading magazines, watching the runway, and window-shopping. Thanks to a little thing called the Internet, we are now able to discover some amazing pieces through various websites and apps. While there are so many resources to gush over, Her Campus is head-over-heels in love with Polyvore, a website where style mavens can express their personal style. Whether you’re a shopaholic looking for a pair of brown riding boots, or you’re just browsing, every girl needs to know the ins and outs of Polyvore.
What is Polyvore?
Poly-what? Is that English? It’s okay if you don’t know what Polyvore is – this dilemma will be fixed momentarily. In the event you haven’t noticed yet, Polyvore is a virtual Mecca for any trendsetter. A virtual fashion community, Polyvore members can create different looks as well as browse through the website’s array of featured clothes, accessories, and beauty supplies. If you want to take your browsing to the next level and buy something, Polyvore also links every product to its respective online store. Sounds too good to be true? We’re just getting started.
How to use Polyvore
Polyvore may seem complicated, but it’s not really. Once we break it down for you, you’ll be a pro!
- Create an account
This step is crucial because there’s a big chance that you’ll be hooked after your first use. Hit the “Register” button and follow the steps!
- Shop ‘til you drop
In the event you’re dying to shop, or just browse the website’s selection, click “Shop” at the top of the page. With a variety of categories to choose from- such as dresses, pants, handbags, and a variety of nail polish- feel free to check out what Polyvore has to offer. Keep up with the latest trends by browsing items from the designated “Trend” categories. Ready to make a purchase? Click on the desired piece and Polyvore will lead you to a buy option. Or, if you’re looking for something specific, type what you’re looking for in the search box.
- Or create a chic collage
Maybe you’re not in the mood to shop—rare, but it happens. Perhaps you just want to create a collage of the skirts you need to own. Thanks to Polyvore, this is as easy as hitting “Create” at the top of the webpage. Luckily, you have the choice of using a premade template or creating your very own. Give your collage an editorial twist by incorporating some of the frames, backgrounds, and other special effects. Once you’re done, hit the “Publish” button on the left-hand side so everyone can see your virtual masterpiece. You can also use this collage tool for scheming up the perfect outfit, but we’ll talk about that more in a little bit!
- Upload your own items
If Polyvore’s collection of clothes, accessories, and beauty products just isn’t cutting it for you- though I don’t how that’s possible- hope is not lost just yet. Luckily, you can upload you own products. Um, what? After you click on “Create Set,” hit the tab that says “My Items.” If you haven’t uploaded any items yet, which you probably haven’t, click “Import Items.” Download Polyvore’s clipper tool and then follow the directions.
- Follow your favorite style savants
Did we mention that Polyvore is also a chic social media website? Before you become completely immersed in your own sets, do us a favor and start following other users! The easiest way to find other accounts is to click on “Top,” which is located at the menu bar. This part of Polyvore highlights some of the coolest collages, so you’ll be sure to find your sartorial soul mate. You never know, a couple of people might follow you back!
Now that you know how to use Polyvore, the real question is what the website can do for you.