Top: Shein | Pants: Nordstrom | Shoes: Similar | Clutch: Elaine Turner | Sunglasses: Charming Charlie | Watch: Charming Charlie | Earrings: Kendra Scott
I’ve had several people ask me my thoughts on Shein recently so I wanted to give my honest review of them. With so many of these type of budget friendly online boutiques from China, you want to know if you can trust them before you commit to purchasing. I will be the first to say that they are definitely hit or miss. I have received a couple of items that just did not work. The couple of times that this has happened to me, the item did not fit correctly (either sizing issues or just ill fitting). Good news is that Shein has a 30 day return policy though so any items that do not work out can be returned! While there have been a couple of times that items did not work out, I have honestly had more success than failure with them. Here are a few tips to consider before making a purchase from Shein to guarantee success for you too.
Know the quality isn’t always great
The reason the prices are so great is because the quality is not the best, most of the time that is. To my surprise the last 2 items that I ordered from them including this top, were amazing quality. Other items that I have received were not the best quality but were definitely wearable. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for”. Although the quality may not be great, I love Shein for trendy pieces that I know won’t be in style forever and therefor do not wish to spend a ton of money.
Check your measurements
Sizing can be a little tricky because every piece runs a little differently. I would say from personal experience that items usually run big according to American sizing. It is very helpful when double checking sizing to know your measurements because Shein will list those out for you. I am normally a XS-S most places, but I always go off of the measurements with Shein instead of my normal sizing.
Do your research
Since Shein can be hit or miss, rely on other people and bloggers to find the hidden gems. What I do for almost any site like this is to stock their Instagram page’s tagged photos. Get a feel for popular items. Most bloggers, including myself, are not going to post “failure” items. They are going to post items that they love and brands that they trust! If you are debating on sizing, ask someone who has the item what the sizing is like! I do this ALL of the time! I ask other bloggers what size they ordered and if it runs big or small. Also make sure to read the reviews for every item. Some items will not have any, but others will give honest reviews, including if the quality is not great or if you should size up or down.
So all of this is to say that yes, they are a legit website but I do want to give you a fair warning of what you are getting yourself into. I will continue to buy from them and it really is a great option for fashionistas on a budget, especially for those trendy pieces that aren’t meant to last you forever.