Styled by Trendage, a Review — Plus Some Thoughts About Sponsored Blogging

Hi there, today I have a sponsored review of a new app, Styled by Trendage, that claims to recreate the iconic Clueless closet. We all know the one, and we all wanted it when we were kids: software that lets you try on endless combinations of clothing in your closet without ever having to actually change your clothes. Now, I hope that software comes along sooner rather than later (I mean, come on, it’s 2017 and we don’t have this exact thing yet? Seems wrong!) but my experience with the Styled app is that Cher’s closet it is not.

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See, I was given the opportunity to try this out in exchange for a small payment, and when I first started playing with it, I was in shock at how negatively I felt about the whole experience, but I have to be 100% honest with how I feel. One of the things I think is most important about this whole blogging thing is transparency. Just because something was a gift, and there are certain expectations built into the gifting process, doesn’t mean I sacrifice honesty. This is one of those rare times I truly dislike a free product or service.

If you’ve never heard of the app, the premise is pretty cool: you get to “build” an avatar of your body, and then dress that body in clothes from major retailers. You can also change your hairstyle. It sounds perfect, but this app doesn’t even come close to being useful or special. One look at a couple of screenshot should give you an idea why:

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I mean, Snapchat filters are like 100 times better than that.

Here are all the concrete reasons why I thought this app was pretty bad:

The Flaws in the Plan
  • So you get to build your own avatar, BUT without getting to add any of your measurements at all. As you can tell, my “body” looks nothing like I actually look. The proportions are off, making the “trying on clothes” aspect of the app totally useless. This is NOT how I would look in these clothes.
  • The clothes you “try on” are not clothes you own, or are currently shopping for. So it’s basically an app for stores to hawk their wares, rather than an app that lets normal people build outfits or virtually try things on before buying—clothes they’re already interested in.
  • It’s very difficult to figure out the interface, like which clothes are chosen when, and why. There’s no survey about your clothing style or interests, no price points as a filter, nothing that makes it clear why those clothes are being put on your avatar. It’s a random swipe tool: Tinder for cheap-looking dresses.
  • It seriously looks like a mid-90s computer program. There are so many other apps on the market that do this so much better.
  • The app is meant to promote body positivity, because you’re seeing the clothes on yourself and not some stick-thin model. But you’re not really seeing the clothes on yourself, and there’s no way to actually tell what they’d look like, so that commendable aspect of the app is completely lost. Sorry!
  • It’s quite a harrowing experience, one you have to see it to believe: download it here!

So that’s it! Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ve come away from this post with some insight into the weird backstage world of being a blogger, however small scale I may be. I take this corner of the internet seriously! The Most Happy is my baby, and all of my readers deserve the ultimate truth. xx

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  • Yikes. This cannot do good things for people’s self esteem and definitely doesn’t make the shopping process any less horrible.