What is Polyvore?Now this is a site for people with a lot of time on their hands. It lets you create styles using items for sale on the web, and lets you show those styles to anyone who clicks to buy the item from the Polyvore website. From what I can gather, Polyvore means many members (not literally, just poly and vore), and there are many people who have been using the site, so why is it unheard of? It as the same principles as Shopstyle.com, but with the ability to let people create their own looks. The more popular the looks occur, the easier it is to call it a trend.
"Polyvore is a free, easy-to-use web-based application for mixing and matching images from anywhere on the web. It is also a vibrant community of creative and stylish people.
Polyvore lets you create sets composed of individual images using an easy to use, drag and drop editor. After you have created a set, you can publish and share it with your friends and the Polyvore community.
How do I create a set?
The Polyvore editor lets you create sets using items that have been imported into Polyvore by you or other users. Think of it as a very simple collage editor. Watch a tutorial of the editor:
How do I add items to Polyvore?
You can import items from other websites using the clipper tool. Please make sure to respect copyrights when clipping items.
This is one of the sets I've created, but I don't see how much use it will be to everyone else. Yeah people can look at it, like it, use it, but how do they find it? Surely going to a style website would be much easier? Even going to a blog would be easier. It was pretty easy, no photoshopping required, and it was easy and simple. Took me all of 3 minutes. Perfect really. All you need now is the ability to upload your head and you can make little designer models of yourself.
The site has been up for at least 2 years, so why hasn't it got around? Is it really useful enough to put it up with other online fashion sites? It's worth it for the shopping, it has more variety than Shopstyle due to having the members upload the items, rather than having to get the brands to affiliate with the site itself. Hmmm... some copyright and legal laws might be broken here. The FTC might not be happy with this site, but at least the items listed are being sourced. I'll try and get in contact with them to ask why they decided to set up such a site.