When it comes to racing fashion, you need to style an outfit from head to toe. Selecting all the various elements to create a balanced and cohesive look is tricky, especially if you may only own one or two (or even none) of the pieces when you start planning.

The last thing you want to do (and I’ve learnt this the hard way) is to spend $500 on a hat and dress, only to have them arrive in the post just days before your race event and discover that the overall look just doesn’t work.

As experienced as I may be, personally, I need to see the whole ensemble with my own eyes. I’m a terrible visualiser!

Earlier this year I discovered an app called PicCollage from my friend Melissa Barnes. She’s an avid user of the app and even used it to plan her Adelaide Cup winning outfit!

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Image credit: Melissa Barnes, racewearcarousel.com.au

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Some of the many times I have used PicCollage

So in today’s post, I am going to teach you all my tips and tricks for using PicCollage to plan your next outfit.

I’ll start by briefly describing what it is, show you 5 different ways it can be applied, and we’ll finish up by getting you to participate in a step-by-step tutorial ;)

What is the PicCollage App?

PicCollage is a phone app that you can use to create a collage of various clothing items and accessories. It’s available in both the App Store and Google Play, so you’ll be able to use it whether you have an iPhone or Android.

You basically start with a blank canvas. Then bring in the photos you want to use, cut around the pictures using your finger and make a collage of your dress, millinery, shoes and accessories. The end product is an entire outfit before your very eyes! Hooray.

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The app is very intuitive making it easy to rearrange, resize, rotate and add effects.

There are other things you can do, such as adding text, stickers and backgrounds. Check out the following video if you’re into these features, although I find they are less relevant for outfit planning.

It’s super simple to use and best of all, it’s free to download! There is also a paid version ($2.99) which removes the PicCollage water mark from the bottom of the photos.

I’ll go into more details on the specifics of how to use the app, but first, let’s have a look at 5 use cases to give you a taste of how you might use the app.

5 Example Use Cases for the Fashion Enthusiast

1) See Your Complete Outfit Together

The most common use for the app is to visualise how your complete outfit will look when it is all pieced together. I’m not just talking about your dress and millinery, but also your shoes, clutch, earrings, belt and any other accessories.

Here’s a couple of examples of where I’ve done this in the past.

In the pic above, the dress’s waist band and sleeve hem originally had a green embroidery that didn’t match my navy hat. I had some navy lace fabric that I wanted to sew onto those areas so I used PicCollage to visualise how it would look.