Outfit Details:

Dress: Shein / Shoes: Dolce Vita (sold out, similar) / Bag: Forever 21 (sold out, similar) / Sunglasses: Celine

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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.

Shipment

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.

Sizing

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.

Quality

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!

Returns

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.

My Thoughts

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.

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Thanks for tips! I ordered some boots from Shein earlier this year. They were super cute but I should have sized up 😩.

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Love this flowy dress on you!

~Hillary
http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

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Beautiful dress!

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This is such a great post! Thanks for the info! I love that dress on you and the flow of it!

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Beautiful dress, perfect for summer and oh my gosh that locations <3 Love it!

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Those photos are so pretty! And you look amazing in that dress!! Xx-Doran @HauteBeautyGuide

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I’m always so nervous to order from SheIn but love their pieces. I just need to bite the bullet!

April | http://www.thebluehydrangeas.com

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I personally love Shein and agree it’s definitly a hit or miss! But, it can be worth it and you hit it big with a few nice pieces!!

Lauren
http://www.basicbabelauren.com

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Ooh this dress is so pretty!!

http://www.maggiealamode.com

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I’ve never ordered from there before so this review is super helpful!!

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This was really helpful! I do enjoy shopping at SHEIN. Some items have been absolute winner and compliments just roll in! Love this post!
xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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these tips are so good bc those sites are so hard to order from!

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This outfit is so cute! Love how you styled it!
@samanthabowers_
http://www.thefitbrunette.com

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Great tips! I love reviews like this when ordering from companies over seas! Xo

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I have been buying from shein for years, and I 100% believe in making sure I measure my own body and read reviews to get the right size!

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I am a sucker for a good deal! I have looked at SheIn a ton of times and always fill my cart with items however I haven’t ever actually purchased anything because I am nervous about the sizing. Your tips really helped so maybe I’ll revisit my cart!

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so many great tips and tricks… i have found some great pieces!!

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so many great tips!!!! i have found some great pieces, too

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love these tips! and totally smitten with that polka dot dress!

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great tips! it’s hard to turn such cute pieces at such great prices! thanks for sharing!

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I ALWAYS read reviews before purchasing on SheIn!

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I love the style of this dress & its price tag! So perfect for summer

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These tips are great for first time SheIn buyers!

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this dress is so stunning on you! I’ve never ordered shein before, but thanks for the tips!

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I can’t find my orders on face book for she in as I need to return some items

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That dress is so pretty!! Great tips for ordering on Shein and other shops like this!

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This dress is adorable! I have never heard of Shein before so I need to check it out!

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Lovely dress! I like just how flowy it is. I haven’t tried ordering on Shein, but will check it out. Thanks for the tips!

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Your photos are beautiful! Love that dress on you. I have seen Shein everywhere and haven’t tried it yet!! Now I want to.

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These are such great tips! I’m always too afraid to order from SheIn, so maybe I’ll have to give it a try!

Maggie @ Polished Closets

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That dress is fabulous, and I bet it’s so cool for summer.. You look gorgeous!

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I have never heard of Shein but will definitely give it a try with your tips in hand. This look is lovely!

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Thank you so much for the tips! I have been in communication with them and been SO unsure about the sizing. Thanks again.

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Great tips! I’ve had a good experience with SheIn. Love this dress!

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I totally agree – it is SO important to check the sizing!! I almost always size up to a medium with them because they run so small! Great tips!

xx Mollie

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I have seen so many influencers linking items from Shein and wasn’t sure about it. Thank you for giving me some insight because I was very tempted to get TONS of stuff. Glad I have an idea of what to expect now!!

Joy
http://www.basicallyjoy.com/

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Great tips! And I agree, ordering from Shein really is hit or miss quality wise. But it can definitley be worth it when you find that amazing item for so little!

Lauren
http://www.basicbabelauren.com

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What a great post. I’ve loved most of my items from Shein. This dress is so pretty!

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This dress is so cute, I love it!!! And I ALWAYS look at the size reference when ordering from SHEIN! xo

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These are great tips! I always worry about ordering at SheIn but I love some of their stuff! I need to place an order.

Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

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Great tips! I love ordering on their site but definitely am more careful when reading reviews for sizing and such! Love this look, too.

xx
Lauren

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I usually watch these reviews on youtube. You gave great tips on sizing which is always a issue on shopping somewhere new online.

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Such a great post! Reading the reviews is CRUCIAL when ordering for Shein. Love this dress!!

http://Www.helloher.co

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Right now I’m waiting for a package to arrive. They have so much cute clothes lately. I can’t wait to see how it goes.

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Those polka dots are adorbs!

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Such a great post! I feel like I get this question ALL the time!! I absolutely love this dress too! SO beautiful!

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Such a beautiful dress! Thanks for sharing your shopping experience with us!

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this dress is so gorgeous on you! i love the monochrome design!

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I’ve shopped at SheIn and it’s been a hit or miss for me. But it hasn’t stopped me from shopping there. I like getting the “priority dispatch” items because they arrive so much quicker.

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I totally appreciate these tips! I’ve been hearing so many good things about shein and I’d love to try their services too. The dresses are gorgeous!

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That off the shoulder dress is so cute! Love Shein for affordable trendy pieces!
xo Jessica
http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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I have been hearing a lot about Shein and have been wanting to try it! Guess I will shop for fall in case I find something and it takes a month to get here!

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I love these tips! I’ve ordered off of SheIn once I think, but was still pretty skeptical. Thanks (seriously) for sharing your experience!

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such a fun dress!! love the print!!

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Thanks for sharing this lady! I’m always way too concerned to order on there. This helped out for sure.

xo Laura Leigh
http://www.louellareese.com

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Love this post! I just order a load of stuff from there. its great for when you are on a really small budget, but I think you have to be really savvy. I always go for bigger sizes with any Asian brand, but over all, I think it’s great for fashion pieces that maybe you otherwise could not afford.
Thanks so much for sharing!

http://www.georginahart.co.uk

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I’ve gotten some amazing pieces from shein!! I always read the reviews and look at buyer photos before ordering!

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This post is so helpful! I’ve been thinking about ordering from Shein but didn’t know if it was worth it or not.

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Love that dress! It is so cute!! These tips are so helpful!

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I find that I only like to purchase items that have a model wearing the clothes. I find their “flat lay” photos are a bit off as far as fit goes
Kate || KATE KOUTURES

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SheIn has some great trendy options! I love it.

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That dress and bag look so great on you! I haven’t tried shein yet but LOVE your tips!

Tonya @ http://www.tonyamezrich.com

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Thanks for sharing…so helpful! That dress is perfect…so cute on you. With an affordable dress, you can swing those fabulous sunnies! Beautiful, girl!

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That dress is so pretty!! kimballandkedzie.com

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So true and helpful. I’ve ordered from SheIn before and loved what I got but it definitely took longer than expected. Still a great place for affordable, in style pieces.

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so many great tips and tricks for shopping with them… i’ve been able to find some great things, too!!!

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Love these tips and that dress is SO pretty!

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I love Shein. Their return policy is great if things don’t work out.

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Dresses are easy to figure out for me too when shopping online especially when stick to something a line. I love the dress you bought.

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I loveee Shein! It is such a huge savings and they aren’t my daily wears so they tend to last

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This dress is perfect! Love the flow, and the bag is also super cute!

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That dress is very nice and trendy. I am thinking of getting one

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The dress you ordered looked very high in quality. I’ve had some wins and losses. The price point makes it worth the effort though.

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I love that Shein also gives measurements too, so if you know your bust size, you can usually get the right size!

Xo, Nina
Law of Fashion Blog

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She-in is def a hit or miss!! This dress is amazing and looks like amazing quality!!

https://www.autumlove.com/

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Such great tips babe, love that dress!

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I have returned items to Shein and it was surprisingly easy. The money was refunded fairly quickly. I have found the items to be a mixed bag in terms of quality but reviews help a lot!

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Wow this was so helpful! I have heard pretty good things about She In, but was still nervous since it is a cheap website. I think I’m going to place an order soon! I had a horror story using a similar site and all of my clothes came in bathing suit material and made for a baby doll!

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Your dress is perfect, I love it!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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