Just in case shopping online looking at lots and lots of stuff you desperately want but can't afford isn't fun enough, we have news for you. A new application called Polyvore enables users to grab images from around the web (and any images others have uploaded) and create "sets" — ensembles of individual items, arranged, for instance, to be a complete outfit. The sets can be viewed by others, commented on, rated, shared, embedded, etc. Clicking on any item brings up information about it and a link back to the original page on which it appeared. It's basically a social network for shoppers. And if a user buys shoes from a linked source, say, Amazon, Polyvore gets a revenue share. Also, the application can be used on Facebook, so everyone can see how cool your dream wardrobe is. (Your dream wardrobe that you can't ever really own, because it costs so damn much.)
There's no doubt that teenage girls, those consummate consumers, will love this. But one of the beautiful things about shopping online is that you can do it in the privacy of your own home, without anyone judging your choices. Polyvore is a chance for all of your online "friends" to tell you how much they hate your taste in clothes, what a label-whore you are and how you probably shouldn't be wearing skirts so short. Or maybe that's just negative thinking. Anyway, all this "girls love putting together outfits!" stuff reminds us: We totally had Fashion Plates when we were little. Instead of creating "fashionable" outfits, we felt like the point was to create an ensemble as hideous as is possible when working with colored pencils. Wait, we changed our minds: Polyvore is awesome! We're going to make a disgusting "set" right now.
Polyvore To Tempt Fashionistas To Create, Then Spend [TechCrunch]