The best iPhone shopping apps of 2011

by Kate Currin

With an influx of new fashionable brands each year from around the world, and multiple iPhone apps to match, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest shopping opportunities. Here are five must-have shopping apps that launched in 2011 that you definitely don’t want to miss adding to your fashionable iPhone mix.

Nordstrom

Good things come to those who wait, and so it seems for us dedicated shoppers of Nordstrom. In 2011, our favorite high-class yet semi-affordable department store released a stellar shopping app for procuring our favorite designer brands on-the-go. Bonus points to Nordstrom for releasing its iPhone app on my birthday! Use it while shopping at the store to scan the bar code and find items online or in another store in your size that aren’t available at your current location. No more waiting on a sales associate. It’s do-it-yourself Nordstrom shopping complete with customer reviews and wish list building capabilities. A chic, stocked “Style Watch” section will also ensure you are buying on trend.

Best Decision

Do you have a core group of friends that you can always count on to give you a good product recommendation? This app takes product recommendation to the next level by integrating with Facebook so you and your friends and family can share opinions on items before you purchase them. It’s a social shopping circle on your iPhone. The Best Decision app is free and also includes a barcode scanner that is always handy for locating items across several stores and online.

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STYLEBOP Shopping App

In 2011, Americans went crazy for the Zara-wearing Middleton sisters and cheap Missoni items at Target. While right under their wannabe royal noses was the free STYLEBOP Shopping App for iPhone loaded with luxury designer items including real high-quality Missoni dresses just waiting to be sent to America from the European e-tailer. If your local Neiman Marcus is out of the latest designer dress, odds are likely you might still find it available through this stylish app. A fabulous part of this app offers a “Toplook” section populated with designer outfits worn by the likes of Pippa Middleton, Kate Moss and more. This shopping app will tide over luxury fashion devotees until ShopBop launches an iPhone app (praying for a 2012 launch).

RedLaser – Barcode and QR Code Scan

The launch of the all-new and free RedLaser – Barcode and QR Code Scan app for the iPhone brought the fastest and easiest to use version yet in 2011. A quick barcode scan helps you find the best price possible across multiple online vendors, and a QR code scan function allows you to read and create your own QR codes. The new lists feature makes it even easier to create wish and gift lists and share them with family and friends.

Etsy

It’s a handmade heaven right on your iPhone. The popular Etsy shopping website is now a well-designed app. Peruse the suggested “Treasury Lists” on the homepage of the app or browse by category such as art, candles, crochet, geekery and many, many more. The app is also set up for Etsy sellers to manage their marketplace on-the-go. The Etsy app is visually appealing and user-friendly for both buyers and sellers alike.

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