Arment Dietrich

Google Boutiques.com: Best Search Site, Ever?

By: Arment Dietrich | December 2, 2010 | 
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As the top online websites all try to tap more into the fashion social commerce world, Google has launched Boutiques.com, an online fashion search site, (not to be confused with Boutique.com). Google’s new fashion search site lets the user go into the “boutiques” and find items of fashion based on their searches, likes, and follows.  You can even go through and create your own boutique, which garners suggestions for you to add based on your searches.

The idea is pretty cool.  You take a six-step survey to find out what style you are, and then, based on Google algorithms, the fashionistas find similar items for you to view, like, and possibly buy.  You can create your own personal storefront in less than 10 minutes.  I’ve already changed my likes twice, based on my mood.  Then you can keep going through to create more in-depth searches by liking or hating each item that is recommended to you.

Pros:

  • No Google advertising anywhere to be seen
  • You can browse by color, size, style, shape, etc.
  • Anyone can put together an outfit that looks runway worthy
  • You can follow celebrity fashion and trends
  • They have some pretty big names, and it doesn’t look like they are sponsored

Cons:

  • Only features females clothes
  • Only available in the United States
  • You can’t view your friends’ boutiques…yet
  • I would like there to be a wish list so you can gather some top favorites
  • You might be tempted to spend money you didn’t plan on

To me this seems like a very personal version of Gifts.com, which is not run by Google, but it also shows us how strong the power of search can be.

I’ve received only a few emails so far recommending items I might be interested in, but the only feature they don’t ask you is how much you want to spend.  I fell in love with a dress only to find out it was way over my budget.  But who knows, the idea might work on me sometime.  Catch me on a good day and mama might tap into the savings.

  • balemar

    Oh, Molli! What have you done??? I’m now hooked on Boutiques.com. It’s all the fun of Shoedazzle and JustFab without the commitment!

    In all seriousness though, it’s interesting that Google came out with Boutiques.com. I’ve seen the rise of the concept of “personalized” fashion really spreading like wildfire lately. Most are aggressively using Facebook ads (I swear everyone other one I have is for a personal stylist-type site).

    The idea of personalized recommendations is not new, but I’m really loving this new twist of personalized recommendations for fashion. In this age of information overload, it’s nice to dump your style parameters into a search type engine and have it spit out personalized recommendations. I see a lot of room for growth here.

  • HowieSPM

    I wish I was a cross dresser but since I am not I must wait for the mens clothes version. I actually like Google Shopping it keeps brands competitive on price.

  • I just wasted so much time on that site! It’s the best way for me to pretend I like fashion without having to go shopping. Also, what are those celebrities wearing these days? I must have clicked Not My Style so many times.

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