You may have noticed some really cute styles that are rather inexpensive from these websites like Shein. However with the price tag comes the skepticism. Personally, I worry about the quality, the sizing and if I’m ever going to receive the items I’ve ordered.
As a part of my budget friendly fashion series, I want to talk about my experience with Shein. And for the record, this is not a sponsored post nor I did receive free product. Shein has approached me a few times to send me free items in exchange for reviews, but in all honesty, the items are rather inexpensive. I felt it wouldn’t hurt to purchase the items myself so I could share my honest and unbiased opinion about Shein and China online shops.
As far as shipment time goes, keep in mind this is coming straight from China and you could wait an entire month until you see the package arrive at your doorstep. This does not apply to all items. You will notice some items marked as “Priority Dispatch”, which means they actually will process and ship the items a lot quicker. Just be sure that you don’t have an item that isn’t marked as “Priority Dispatch” in your order because Shein does wait until all items are in at their warehouse until they ship the order out. Also if you purchase express shipping, it still can take up to a week or more until you see the item.
I tend to lean toward XS for most brands. However with Shein and most other Asian websites, I like to read the reviews on the bottom of the page to get a better understanding of the quality and fit. Not all items will have reviews written by their customers so you might have to be brave and blindly purchase an item. In any case, pay very close attention to the measurements listed under the details. Also take note if the fabric has stretch or no stretch. Majority of the time, the details are pretty accurate. And if you’re in between sizes, as a rule of thumb with Shein, size up. Asian sizes are usually smaller than American sizes.
The quality of items do vary from item to item. You will hear horror stories of items being too see through or made with cheap materials that get destroyed after one wash. This dress I wore last year to Tahoe was one of those instances. It was fine when I received it, but after washing, the quality did go down a bit. However, the dress you are seeing in the photos above is top quality. Also for under $25, the dress rivals my DVF dress I wore in Italy. Also this off the shoulder blouse I wore here is great and it doesn’t wrinkle!
Personally, I have never returned any items back to Shein. However, they give you an option at checkout that gives you “Return Insurance” for an extra $1.99. If you don’t purchase the insurance but still want to return the item, they deduct $5.99 from your refund. Also you cannot return swimwear, lingerie or accessories.
I overall enjoy my shopping experience at Shein. I love that I can get trendy items for a fraction of the cost. I know a lot of people tend to stick to their labels, but who doesn’t love a good bargain. To prevent buyer’s remorse, I always stick to tops and dresses because I know how it fits on my body type. I don’t ever purchase something like jeans or a swimsuit because I’m very particular with how these things fit. And while you may be taking a gamble on items with no reviews, keep in mind I wouldn’t recommend something to my readers that I haven’t used or tried myself.