StylePin is a board specifically designed for fashion and fashion inspiration. The application works much like Pinterest, with a large space for users to fill up with images clipped from other online locations. Each item displayed includes a title and number of views. The homepage includes links that let the user switch between latest, trending and popular boards. Users can click on an individual item to see it up close. Each item page includes a large image, social network sharing tools, embedding tools, viewing stats, re-pin option and three buttons that let the user mark it as a wanted, liked or owned item. Users can explore boards created by other users to see what items they own, want and like.
StylePin was created to cater to users with an eye for fashion. The website seems to be based strongly around one of the more popular pin board applications, Pinterest. StylePin uses its own style and design and gives fashionistas a place to celebrate their love of clothing and accessories. The website has seen some media attention, including features in Mashable, PC Magazine, Zooey and SocialTech.
The basic function of StylePin is exactly like Pinterest and the many other pin board applications that sprung up around it. This design has become hugely popular with users, which is probably why so many website owners are trying their hand at the pin board approach. It’s difficult to call any of the included features unique or new. The main draw is StylePin’s focus on fashion and anything wearable. Users can see recent fashions or look at images for fashion inspiration.
Users who can imagine Pinterest with a dark background can pretty much see StylePin before visiting the website. The site uses the same board design with a textile textured background in black. The color difference gives StylePin a little more flavor compared to some of the other Pinterest knock offs that retain the same or a similar pale background. Users will notice that the image are all fashion-focused, which might give those who love clothing more to look at than some Pinterest boards do.
A new visitor can explore much of StylePin without an account. The user can browse images, view image pages and see boards created by other registered users. Those who want to become a part of the StylePin community can click the blue “Request Invite” button near the top, center of the homepage. The user is asked to provide a name, email address and website or blog URL. The URL is required to submit the request form. The user must wait for further instructions to complete registration. Registered users can also send an invitation.
StylePin is available for free. The website doesn’t offer anything completely new or cutting edge. While the application is interesting and offers a fun, unique way to explore fashion, it doesn’t serve an entirely practical purpose. Charging a fee would only deter users from signing up. Free registration is a good way to entice fashion-minded individuals to sign up and share images with the StylePin community.
StylePin is ideal for anyone who has a passion for clothing and accessories. The website is focused entirely on fashions and images that inspire fashion. Users can see what others have posted and mark individual items as wanted, liked or owned. The service is much like Pinterest, so users who are familiar with the Pinterest interface will have no trouble navigating StylePin.