In the past, if you saw a celebrity wearing an adorable outfit, it was a lost cause to try to move on to wearing it yourself. Today, all you have to do is snap a photo of an item—or an entire outfit—and AI scanning technology will help you find similar styles across the internet. Sometimes you can even match the exact piece!
Grab your mobile phone and check out this list of outfit-finder apps to help you find clothes from a picture.
1. Google Lens
Google’s Lens image recognition tool can identify clothing, personal items like necklaces, or any other type of garment. It’s an easy way to find shirts you’ve seen around town. You don’t even need to take a picture to use it. Simply bring the piece of clothing into the frame of the viewfinder and, if successfully matched, Google Lens will highlight it with a small blue icon.
After tapping this circle, the app will pull up the Google Shopping page (which is itself an aggregation platform). It provides you links to multiple websites like Amazon and Walmart for easy shopping. In addition, Google Lens works with organizations. So, when you scan another person’s look, it will individually detect all the products they are wearing.
Google Lens is available as a standalone app on Android, or through the Google app on iPhone. While there are Google Lens alternatives, none are quite as powerful as the real thing.
Camfind is a visual search engine platform that can search for clothes from photos. It is one of the best fashion apps for Android and iPhone. The process is straightforward: Take a photo, give its engine a few seconds to process, and you’ll see results. It provides purchase link, description of the product and related YouTube video.
You can share your results and browse what others are looking for to understand fashion trends and connect with like-minded shoppers. Luckily, there’s a private mode if you’re not comfortable with its community features.
CamFind is less reliable and a bit slower than Google Lens, but while effective, provides incredibly well-researched results. CamFind also hosts some other amazing features like language translation, price comparison, and even partners with Uber and Lyft to help you with any in-store shopping needs.
3. Amazon StyleSnap
Amazon’s main shopping app also has a visual search engine focused on clothing, meaning you can find clothes from just a picture. You can access the option by touching the camera icon on the Amazon app’s search bar, then selecting StyleSnap.
When you tap it, the app will launch the camera view and you have to point it towards the fabric you want to scan. Alternatively, you can upload a picture from your phone’s gallery. If it is found on Amazon, you can see the recommended products list. This would provide different sales options for each recognized piece of an organization.
At the time of writing, Amazon StyleSnap is only available in certain regions.
Pinterest’s mobile app has a visual search tool called Lens that allows you to search the social network’s thousands of posts through images. Like Google Lens, it can ID multiple objects such as an entire outfit.
What’s more, Pinterest will show shopping links for matching products. For this functionality, Pinterest has partnered with ShopStyle, a fashion and lifestyle shopping platform. Therefore, you will not find links to Amazon or other commerce websites.
The Pinterest lens is most useful for obscure fashion pieces that might be difficult to detect using other AI lenses. The app is growing its beauty community presence, and you can even use Pinterest to try on new makeup virtually.
British fashion retailer ASOS’s app offers a straightforward reverse image search option called Style Match to find clothes with photos. You can either capture a new photo or upload it from local storage. It only takes a few seconds for your query to execute, and it’s accurate most of the time.
Once your image has been processed, the app will find the ASOS styles that most closely match what you’re looking for. This is a great way to stay fashionable on a budget. Unfortunately, the app only provides search results on a per-item basis.
The app isn’t the best for brand recognition, but if you care more about looks and less about the company, ASOS is a great option. If you fancy something, you’ll be happy to know that ASOS hosts over 850 brands and delivers to 242 countries.