Ways Alexa Can Help You Get Dressed
Use Amazon Alexa’s Skills to Improve Your Style Game
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Imagine a world where artificial intelligence and algorithms can determine what you wear. That’s a reality we’re living in — well some of us. AI is the new fashion assistant, and we can thank Amazon — more specifically Amazon’s Alexa — for that.
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According to a 2017 survey conducted by clothing brand Perry Ellis, over 80% of men had no idea what to wear for different occasions and 72% wish there was a way to make getting dressed every day or for a special occasion easier. That essentially tells us the average guy thinks little about his outward appearance. It turns out the e-commerce giant wants to change that. By focusing more and more on innovation into how we dress and shop, Amazon is advancing the skill set of its popular voice-activated technology Alexa to help seriously upgrade our personal style.
With new features, hardware and intelligence, the Alexa platform is the future of fashion whether we like it or not. It’s also a lot cheaper than a stylist or a subscription to one of those monthly subscription services (which, for the record, we are also big fans of) so why not embrace it? If you’re one of the millions out there who falls within that 80% bracket of clueless dressers, Amazon’s virtual assistant just might teach a few things about stylin’ and profilin’.
Check out all the cool new ways you can use Alexa to better dress yourself.
Alexa Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Style
Let ‘Style Check’ Help You
Powered by Alexa, Style Check was originally an exclusive feature for Prime members, but now comes enabled on most Echo devices. Style Check saves you time guessing and debating over what to wear, by suggesting an outfit appropriate for where you are or where you’re going. Get outfit recommendations for immediate use, a specific time frame, or even the next day so you can plan your outfit in advance.
The technology takes color, fit, styling, and current trends into account — conforming to your fashionableness based on personal feedback and input from fashion experts. It’s super-impressive in examining outfit details such as your choice of accessories or pants fabric, helping validate your final look without compromising your sense of style.
Transform Her into a Personal Shopping Assistant
Need a sweater to pair with your chinos? Running low on your favorite white crew neck tees? What about refreshing your stock of no-show socks? Feel free to treat Alexa as your personal shopping assistant, as she can order just about anything and have it delivered to your door. And now with Prime Wardrobe and Amazon’s portfolio of in-house brands such as Amazon Essentials, Good Threads and Buttoned Down, you’ll have a hard time *not* looking good after a little chat with Alexa.
Ask it to add or reorder products listed in your existing order history. It’s even better if you live in a city that offers Amazon Prime Now because you can have items locally delivered to your front door in last-minute situations.
Unlock More of Her Vast Set of Fashion Skills
Do you know how many skills Alexa’s racked up? It’s at 90,000 and counting. In other words, there are tons of cool features you’ve yet to discover, many associated with fashion. Head to the Amazon Skills homepage and type “style” into the search box. This will gain you access to a variety of skills programmed to advise better fashion choices.
Ask Perry Ellis was developed exclusively by the menswear staple to provide “voice-activated, on-demand advice” using its own algorithms to recommend the right outfit based on occasion, which you can also have ordered directly on the company’s site. If you’re just looking for trend inspiration, Alexa can help you there as well with Fashion Fix Daily — an Alexa skill dedicated to daily fashion news, trends and updates.
If expert fashion tips is what you seek most, Alexa offers up some other cool skills be it daily style tips with the Men’s Finest Daily Fashion Tip skill or mastering the tie knot with the Tie My Tie skill. Use ColorCompliments if you have trouble matching your wild and crazy color palette and if you don’t know where to begin, a popular skill to use is Outfit Decider.
What to Wear Today is one of Alexa’s most popular stylish skills allowing for over 100,000 outfit combinations. This skill gets straight to the point by recommending what to wear to feel most comfortable throughout the day while also providing any extras you might need to bring with you, such as an umbrella if it’s going to rain during your commute.
Speaking of rain, Mother Nature has been known to ruin a good suit from time to time, which makes her unpredictability more vexatious. Alexa can sympathize, hence her need to warn you in advance about local forecasts. If you trouble stems more from outside influences rather than personal outfit preference, enabling certain Weather skills like AccuWeather or BigSky will automatically alert you of severe weather conditions and track precipitation, so to better map out your styling decisions.
Amazon Alexa Devices
Amazon Echo Plus
Play music. Manage smart home devices. Set timers. Shop for clothes. The Echo Plus does the most of any Echo device and hosts numerous features and voice commands that simply any man’s lifestyle. Unlock its fashion IQ by tapping into its advanced skill set.
$149.99 at Amazon.com
Amazon Echo Dot
The industry’s top-selling smart speaker just so happens to be the smallest in the Echo line, though it’s retained much of the smart features found on its bigger siblings. Absorb fashion tips, re-up on accessories or call a friend for a second opinion on an outfit.
$24.99 at Amazon.com
Amazon Echo Show 5
The latest Echo bearing a screen is constantly getting skills updates, while still carrying the same Alexa functionality as all other devices in the family. It adapts to your personal preferences and connects with other smart devices as well.
$89.99 at Amazon.com
iHome Beauty iCVA66
If you require more mirror time while getting ready, or you’re just Echoed out, don’t worry we still have you covered. iHome launched it’s Alexa enabled mirror allowing you to talk with Alexa while also making sure you face looks fresh. Not only that, this magic dual sided vanity mirror has Bluetooth audio, speakerphone and a USB charging port.
$199.99 at Amazon.com
Alexa skills are booming, and there are sure to be more out there now as well as more to come that can help in every part of your life. Keep checking in with Amazon and AskMen.
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