Before you Pinterest, Polyvore
Angela Skane, one of our journo friends at tb-two*, recently asked if I'd fallen in love with Polyvore yet. She had. Hard. Angela, like a good fashion reporter, wrote up a review to enlighten us all. I'm trying to buy a house right now, so I'm especially intrigued by Angela's suggestion to use Polyvore as a home decor tool. Take it away, Ang! -- DD Stephanie
I can’t believe I am just discovering the glory of Polyvore. Polyvore is a fashion paradise for those who are stylists to the most important customer: themselves. You can create style boards for any theme or mood you can imagine, then grace your Pinterest or Facebook with them.
The site includes pre-installed clothing, accessories, makeup, shoes and bags, and magazine and newsprint patterns to create your board. You also have the option of “Clipping” items from your favorite online stores into your account. From there you can create your dream outfit, or let your friends know what you will be wearing to the movies this weekend.
Apparently, this gem has been around for three years now, but is becoming more relevant now that blogging has really taken off. It isn’t just for clothing; you can create boards with furniture to design a future room. The options are endless.
The site has numerous contests which offer themes for creating boards. I get so excited browsing through other users' boards and envisioning exactly what I will pair on my board. The site allows you to follow and like other members just like Pinterest. You can browse through popular boards and recommend items for your boards. How simple or intricate you want your board to be is up to you.
The site is insanely organized. If you know you want a coral themed outfit, just click on the coral color block and you will see everything Polyvore has in that shade. When you find the coral dress you just can’t live without for your board, you can find out the price and store that sells it, so pretty much you get styling and online shopping in one spot. You can also search by key words or brands if you know exactly what you are looking for.
I have spent hours on this site trying to create the perfect boards to send to Facebook and Pinterest. There are contests to enter, board templates to follow and inspiration items to help get your creative juices flowing. So, if you have time to indulge in one more online addiction, I suggest checking out Polyvore.