Virtual fashion advice
When's it's time for a wardrobe makeover, who's the best person to give you some advice? You'll probably turn to your friend for some feedback and fashion tips - let's face it: they know you best and can offer an honest opinion about which colours clash - and which outfit makes you look a million dollars.
However for someone like me, who's not a follower of fashion and has a more practical dress sense, I don't need help - it's just jeans or… jeans! But for people who care about their appearance, they can now get some trustworthy advice with the aid of technology.
Of course, using social media is a good way to discuss fashion dilemmas with your friends, but this sometimes brings in too much conflicting advice - and opinions that are sometimes brutal! That's why one woman has developed an app to help women crowdsource advice from stylists and sister fashionistas in a safe, troll-free environment.
Sophia Matveeva's Style Counsel app allows users wanting advice on an outfit to post a photo and receive "yes" or "no" answers from other users, or more detailed advice from vetted fashion stylists and bloggers very quickly. According to Matthew Wall, BBC Technology of Business editor, this is a growing business, with several new apps such as AskAnna, Mallzee and StyleDotMe all offering young women tips on suitable and fashionable clothes to wear.
Sophia Matveeva's Style Counsel这款软件允许想要得到服装建议的用户发布照片，并能收到其他用户“好”或“不好”的评价。他们也能很快从经过认证的时尚造型师和博主那里得到更详细的建议。据BBC商业科技编辑Matthew Wall指出，这是一个不断发展的行业，很多为年轻女性提供合适且潮流穿着建议的软件涌现出来，比如AskAnna, Mallzee 和 StyleDotMe。
There's also a website called EyeFitU which finds clothes to fit your figure. Its chief executive, Isabelle Ohnemus, says there are no international standards in clothes sizes but she explains "We can set up your size profile in a few seconds with 80% accuracy just knowing your gender, height, weight and age". This information is used to search different retailers and find clothes that suit your actual shape. And the internet giant, Amazon, has also developed a camera that links to a 'style check' function that compares photos and gives its algorithmically-derived opinion of which outfit is better, based on fit, colour, style and current fashion trends.
But does technology make fashion advice a bit impersonal? Sophia Matveeva admits that women in particular are social creatures and that "AI will never stop us talking to each other… girls will always want the approval of the cool girl at school." But as for me: an app with someone I don't know could be the place to start with some discreet fashion tips!
但科技给出的时尚建议是否更客观呢？ Sophia Matveeva承认说，女性尤其喜欢社交，“人工智能永远不会阻止我们彼此交谈……女孩们总是希望得到时尚女性的认可。”但对于我来说：一款全是陌生人的应用软件可能是我获取时尚建议的开始！
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