Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Explore

Explore Polyvore

We've updated the Explore Polyvore page by adding a new two-column layout and some extra features! You'll now see even more popular sets and groups in the main column, as well as more Contests, Polyvore Announcements, and Recent Faces on the right. Check it out now and let us know what you think.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Polyvore Member Search

Polyvore Member Search

Polyvore now has member search! Find contacts by their nickname or by their email address!

Need we say more? Enjoy :)

Becoming an Expert Stylist on Polyvore



Here are some top tips for becoming an expert stylist using the Polyvore editor:

  1. New! On the canvas, use the CTRL key to select multiple items at once. Move, resize, flip and flop a bunch of items all at the same time!

  2. New! Use the UP, DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to move a selected item in tiny increments and gain fine control over where an item is placed.

  3. Click the "Show Bg" button if you'd like the background of the selected item to appear within your set.

  4. Use specific tags in the search box (such as "pumps" instead of "shoes") and find what you're looking for faster. Add terms like "mens," "baby" or "petite" to narrow your search further.

  5. Search for items that match a specific color using the Color dropdown.

  6. Specify the site you want to search within by using the Site dropdown.

  7. Click "New Tab" to create new tabs for new searches. This way you can have multiple panels with different items accessible at the same time.

  8. Click once on items in the panel to see a larger thumbnail before dragging it to the canvas.

  9. Use the "Center" button to center all the items on the canvas (and get to that far-lying item you may have forgotten was there).

  10. Arrange your items in a mostly square area to avoid things being shrunk once you publish your set.

Got any other tips? Let us (and everyone else) know!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New and Improved Clipper

Today we launched some big improvements to our Clipper tool which will make bringing items into Polyvore much easier.

Once you install the new Clipper (read instructions for bringing items into Polyvore, and see a demonstration), you'll notice that it works a little differently than it did before.



When browsing another website (such as Net-a-Porter.com or Gap.com, or any site you like), click the "Clip to Polyvore" button to open a dropdown in the upper right hand corner. When you rollover the image you'd like to import, you'll see a green border around it and you can click anywhere on the image to select it. Once you click on the image, a thumbnail of the item will appear in the dropdown - add some tags, hit "Import" and you're done!

The best part is that you can now import several items all at once! Your virtual wardrobe will be bursting :)

Check out the new clipper, and let us know what you think!

Polyvore Forum

Have you checked out the Polyvore Forum yet? It's this absolutely amazing place where you can discuss Polyvore, enter and create fashion contests, share and critique Polyvore sets, or simply be inspired. It is run by one of our most loyal and active members, Miss Yujin. Stop by and say hi...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Party Planning


Jennifer Sbranti, editor-in-chief of HostessWithTheMostess.com, recently wrote a post entitled Inspired Party Planning, and mentions Polyvore as a great way to put together ideas for any event:
When designing your theme, it can be helpful to create an "inspiration board" on the computer so that you can see how different items look together before buying everything.

Check out some more party planning inspiration on Polyvore...including western theme parties, masquerade ball, the roaring '20s...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Go on a Shopping Spree

If you've ever been interested in more than one item within a set, this new feature is for you...

Above the item list, you'll now see a "Browse all" link. When you click it, a new browser window will appear with all the images from the set lined up at the top. You can browse each image from site to site, without having to come back to the set page each time.


A nice little feature to make your shopping sprees easier. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Improved Search on Polyvore

We just launched a few improvements to our search functionality that should make it even easier to find what you're looking for on Polyvore.

Start at the Top
Start your search at the search box in the Polyvore header. We've made it a bit more prominent so it's easier to find, and now you can use it to refine your searches as well.


Get Specific


In addition to selecting a specific site, you can now use multiple colors and tags in your search. Once you select a color, tag, or site, it will appear in the "Refinements" box. You can keep selecting new colors or tags to narrow your search results further, or if you want more results, click the "Remove" link next your refinements to broaden your search.


Search for Groups


At long last, group search is here! Now you can easily search and browse through groups just as you did with sets and items. With group search, you can discover many sets that match a specific theme, as well as some new Polyvore friends to connect with.

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment or sending us an email at feedback [at] polyvore [dot] com. And happy searching!

Eco Chic Contest

By now most of us know that being environmentally conscious doesn't have to mean dressing in a burlap sack. Show off your own eco-friendly style by creating a look for our Eco Chic contest in celebration of Earth Day 2008.

And here are some environmentally-conscious links to get you in the spirit:

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mindy's Ballet Flats

Things That I've Bought That I Love is a great blog co-written by Mindy Kaling (you might recognize her as Kelly Kapoor from The Office). In the blog, Mindy writes about all her great shopping finds, which include everything from clothes to candy. She was also recently featured in the New York Times, A Night Out with Mindy Kaling.

In Mindy's latest post, London Sole, she writes about her gorgeous flats that are impractically expensive but incredibly comfortable at the same time. Polyvore has a ton of flats from London Sole, including the basic black ballet flat, which Mindy highly recommends.

And here are some outfits that could work well with your ballet flats:




Monday, April 14, 2008

How to Dress Like Brad Pitt

Yes, Polyvore is for guys, too! Check out some styles for guys on Polyvore, and an editor demo that shows you how:



And here's that outfit...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Intermix Tribal Runway Contest

Our friends at Fashiontribes and TribalRunway.com have teamed up with IntermixOnline to launch a two-week contest that you don't want to miss.



Create a set that evokes one of the five fashion personalities - Afro Love, Fancy Flirt, Global Chic, Tight Black Pants and Downtown Doll - for a chance to win a $500 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO INTERMIX! There are FIVE gift certificates up for grabs, one for the best outfit in each personality, so get creative and get your entries in now!

Charlotte Russe Savvy Stylist Contest



The Charlotte Russe Savvy Stylist Contest starts today! What's your favorite Charlotte Russe Spring/Summer look this year? Show it off for a chance to win a gift certificate to CharlotteRusse.com!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

What to Wear to Work

In celebration of tomorrow night's exciting return of The Office (finally!) here are some springtime professional outfits, suitable for attending meetings, closing deals and making the big bucks in:





Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Wedding Planner

Junebug Weddings recently discovered that Polyvore is a great tool for putting together ideas for your wedding. And it's true! You can put together everything from your dress, to the bridesmaid dresses, to wedding invitations, the cake, the rings, the flowers and everything else. Check out more wedding inspiration on Polyvore.

Monday, April 7, 2008

More Blogging Polyvore

Here's another round-up of featured blogs that feature Polyvore, along with links to some interesting Polyvore posts:

Friday, April 4, 2008

Punk Prom

I think my mom would have freaked out if I tried to wear sneakers with my prom dress... but I guess that was like, ten years ago : )




For more on this trend, check out Party Frocks with Sneakers.

But if Converse isn't quite your style, The Budget Fashionista has some recommendations for more traditional Prom 2008 Shoes.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

How to Wear Gladiator Sandals

Go Greek! Here are some tips for wearing one of this season's hottest trends...





Check out gladiator sandal outfits, and the most popular gladiator sandals on Polyvore.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Independent Style Contest

Our latest contest is all about Independent Style and challenges you to express whatever is uniquely you! Check out items from these indie fashion sites and get your entry in now!


Artful Wears

The Buckle

Bunnyhug

Dorothy Perkins

Loja Melissa

Miss Selfridge

New Look

Sally Jean

Shana Logic

Sock Dreams

Space Mermaid

Tarina Tarantino

Truffle Shuffle

Witchery

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Gala Darling: How to Dress at 40

Gala Darling has written an enticing post today entitled What Would You Wear at 40?. The looks that she and her readers have created make getting older seem a lot more stylish : )

Dress Like Kate Bosworth









More Kate Bosworth fashion...