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July 25, 2018

My Honest Review Of SheIn After Getting Multiple Orders From The Site

Earlier this year I started spending money at SheIn after years of checking out the site and seeing the products they have for sale. I’ve promised an honest SheIn review for months now, and I think it’s about time that I finally put my thoughts about SheIn out into the open. So, without further ado, let’s chat about SheIn!

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SheIn Sizing Basics

Okay, SheIn is infamous for not having the best sizing in the world. My experience is pretty on par with what I heard about SheIn before I bought.

I have to check the sizing on everything before I buy. EVERYTHING. Sometimes the size charts are also a little hard to read because they aren’t very clear on exactly what you are measuring. Overall, I wish the sizing was more forthcoming. If you are buying from the US website, it would make sense to add US Sizing, right? But you have to dig deep to get somewhat of an understanding of the size you are buying.

I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to do some shopping on SheIn, and then I just gave up. I would often give up because shopping on the site was so stressful and I didn’t want to end up purchasing a bunch of duds that didn’t fit.

It feels like each order I’ve made with SheIn I’ve had one or two things that didn’t fit quite right. It’s usually because something is too tight, and it’s almost always in one spot like the chest and armpits area and nowhere else.

I believe you can return things with SheIn, but I’ve always just kept it. I’ll probably donate all the SheIn items that didn’t fit me at one point.

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SheIn Shipping Debate

Another thing I’ve heard about SheIn is that the shipping is horrid, but I can’t honestly say that’s true. In my experience with the three orders I’ve placed on the site, things come pretty quickly. This isn’t a Wish situation where you could be waiting months. I’ve never waited more than a little bit under four weeks for an order to get to my doorstep.

I’ve noticed that SheIn orders typically come from a couple of places for me in the United States. Sometimes they come from China, and those orders can take a while longer, but they will also come from New York or California, and those orders tend to be quicker.

Most of the stuff I’ve ordered from SheIn has come to me in under two weeks.

I also like the fact that they ship things out in multiple orders if that will help speed up the shipping process for you.

Lastly, one time when shipping was a bit slower than usual they sent me 500 SheIn points without me having to do anything at all. Those 500 SheIn points got me $5 off an order, so I thought that was pretty kind of them, especially because when they sent the points, I wasn’t even thinking about how long the shipping was taking.

My Honest Review Of SheIn

My Honest Review Of SheIn

My Honest Review Of SheIn

Funny story about this wine, it sucked, and it’s still sitting in my fridge from this photo shoot months ago.

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SheIn Clothing Quality

So, the thing with SheIn is you never know the quality you will get. Some stuff is fantastic in the quality department, and some stuff is subpar. I’ve received multiple items that I just adored, but some items kept me wanting more and felt like they were made of confusing and thin fabric.

An example of both confusing and pretty thin fabric was the dress I showed here a few months ago when I talked about how to focus on self-care when you feel like you don’t deserve it. It was a beautiful dress, but the tie was in a strange place and took forever to figure out. Plus, the dress was a little bit thin, not see through, just thin.

Some of my favorite pieces have been a cute palm print dress I showed y’all a few weeks ago; the pearl embellished top I showed y’all earlier this year; and the red striped dress that I am showing y’all today.

Overall, though, sometimes it feels like they make pieces out of too scratchy fabric or the cheapest fabric they can find.

If you do a little digging though, you can always check out the reviews, and see other people styling it. You should also check out the material in the description of each piece so you will get a better idea what material each item will be made from.

My Honest Review Of SheIn

My Honest Review Of SheIn

My Honest Review Of SheIn

SheIn Ethical Dilemmas

Last, but not least, we have to talk about the elephant in the room.

Going to be a mom here for a second.

There’s a reason that the prices on SheIn are so low.

When you shop at places like SheIn, you know very little about how they run the factories behind their products. More than likely, they keep their prices low by paying their workers less than satisfactory wages that most of us would never personally take in the United States.

At the same time, though, the prices are nice, but the stuff behind the price might not be. This is not a SheIn problem though. Do you think our phones cost $500 to make and they make a modest profit off of each one? The entire world has a business model of getting prices to make items as low as humanly possible.

This is just something that has to be in the back of your mind as you are picking up a top or a dress from SheIn. Some people put a lot on the line behind your products every single day.

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My Verdict: SheIn (Basically) Sells Instagram Clothes

In my opinion, Instagram clothes are clothes that only look good for the ‘gram or an occasional wear. I am not going to say that they sell absolutely no quality clothes. Some pieces are made with nice quality fabric. On the other hand, they also sell a patterned skirt that doesn’t line up on both sides (see the skirt in my Erin Condren post from last week.)

My Tips For Purchasing On SheIn

So, here are my biggest tips for shopping:

  • Test it out on a sale day so you can at least save money while shopping.
  • Read the size charts to the best of your ability, they can be confusing, but try to make your best guess.
  • Try to look at pieces on actual people if you can. Sometimes you will have to jump the gun and hit purchase, but try to look at reviews and people wearing items first.
  • Know that you get what you pay for.
  • Keep shopping at SheIn to an occasional level and invest in pieces from other companies that will last.
  • Give yourself time! The SheIn site can be overwhelming, so don’t expect to have a quick shopping trip, give yourself the time you need to browse the site.

I hope that this article has helped you as you consider shopping at SheIn.

I’d love to know your personal experience shopping with SheIn if you have one!

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  • Hannah

    I always read the reviews when buying from SheIn! I think it’s the best way to gauge the fit and quality of each item. I have 2 dresses from SheIn that I love, but I agree that they’re more “Instagram” dresses or dresses I wear out to bars where I don’t really mind if something gets spilled on them. I think all of the outfits you’ve chosen from them are so cute!

    July 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm Reply
    • Amanda Cross

      Thank you so much for the comment, Hannah! The reviews are definitely very helpful. I also like to see how bloggers style the outfits. Even though they are sometimes gifted from SheIn, I think bloggers are usually quite forthcoming and helpful with the fit of SheIn outfits.

      July 28, 2018 at 11:46 am Reply
      • Domonique Jones

        Hey lady. Thanks a bunch. I really appreciate the honesty because I was so unsure. I think I’ll try it out!

        March 23, 2019 at 12:14 pm Reply
      • Lynda

        I love the last dress you’re wearing in this post! And thank you for this. I had never heard of this site until a Facebook ad. I love everything I’m seeing but I was worried about ordering from them.

        April 6, 2019 at 10:24 pm Reply
  • E.m. Stevenson

    Hey girl! This post was so helpful to me. I never really thought about the ethical side when buying these types of clothing. Overall this was a great post defiantly 10/10!!!!

    July 26, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply
    • Amanda Cross

      Hi! I am so glad that this post was helpful to you. The ethical side of things is a bit hard to think about, and it’s definitely not just a SheIn problem, but I think it should be something to consider at least a bit when buying these clothes. I am glad I could give you something else to consider.

      July 28, 2018 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Uzma

    Hey. I keep seeing their name everywhere now in the UK and was trying to figure out whether it’s worth the hassle so I definitely appreciate the feedback before looking at their clothes! Thanks!

    November 24, 2018 at 6:35 pm Reply
    • Dria

      I have placed a order this week and I went back and forth for weeks due to the sizing charts I was skeptical but decided to give them a try as my cousin has placed multiple orders got them quickly and loved the merchandise so I will keep you posted

      March 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Emily Bass

    Hi, fellow Arkansan! I love SHEIN! You do have to dig to find quality pieces, but I love trying new new things from them! The sizing charts have gotten better recently in my opinion. Most of the clothes are I. Asian sizing, so as a rule of thumb you should size up 1-2 sizes. For example I wear mediums and sometimes larges in US sizing but a large or extra-large in SHEIN clothes. I’ve even had to buy some plus size clothes because the sizing is so small. Overall, I really like the website, especially because you have the option to save items and then go back and add them to your cart if you decide you want them.

    November 26, 2018 at 12:19 am Reply
  • Nickey

    I love the style of vlothes they have but always afraid of the fabric being too cheap

    December 17, 2018 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Christina

    Thank you so much. You have helped so much!

    December 21, 2018 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • Britnee

    I just want to tell you how amazing you look in that black and gold dress! I hadn’t even really looked at SheIn clothing before trying to find some reviews (I just searched clearance websites on Google lol) and figured I would save myself the discouragement just in case, but now I think I gotta have a dress like that for myself!

    December 27, 2018 at 10:02 pm Reply
  • Joan on the block

    Thanks girl! You’ve been super helpful and you do look cute in the pink stripes and the palm prints too ☺️.

    January 17, 2019 at 6:04 pm Reply
  • Hannah

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been looking at the Shein site for a while and wondering about the quality and prices. I just placed an order for some “resort” clothing since I’ll be going on my honeymoon in Mexico in June. Your description of “instagram clothes” was so helpful! Perfect for clothes you’ll wear once or twice.

    Also you look so gorgeous in these pics, but especially that black dress with the gold and white pattern! Stunning!

    February 17, 2019 at 8:50 am Reply
  • Danica

    Girl, I have to say you are GORGEOUS!!!! I love some of these on you.
    And thanks for the reviews, I am still skeptical about SheIn. And I stumbled upon this while Google searching for reviews on the website.

    February 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm Reply
  • MJ

    This was very helpful! Thank you for your clear, concise, and candid observations. I was so glad to have you mention the ethical side of their process as it has concerned me and we as consumers have a responsibility to know how our shopping affects others.

    March 5, 2019 at 7:51 pm Reply
  • Heather Newman

    I’m glad I googled for this review! You answered all of my questions before I made my first purchase. Very helpful!

    March 6, 2019 at 8:44 pm Reply
    • Francesca

      Just heard of shein and was iffy. I love your commentary and tips and omfg you look more than amazing in those clothes that i am in envy and need to buy those! I was afraid they wouldnt have plus sizes that actually were plus sizes. You are rocking these clothes!

      March 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • ruby

    Thank you ..this is super helpful

    March 13, 2019 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Anna

    You are so cute. Thank you for this priceless information.

    March 15, 2019 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Lauren

    I love your review! One question though, what size do you order? I usually wear a 2x/18 anywhere I go, but I’m wondering about how much to size up. What are your suggestions?

    April 25, 2019 at 8:43 pm Reply
  • Tonya Taylor

    Great article. I purchased my first blouse from SHEIN last week. I typically wear a medium, but I purchased a large in hopes to combat a potential “international sizing issue.” I read the reviews and saw a picture of a buyer who actually purchased the blouse, so I decided to go for it. Plus, the blouse was on sale for $9.90. With shipping and insurance I paid a total of $16 and some change. So if it doesn’t fit or the material is too scratchy, I didn’t lose too much money.

    April 29, 2019 at 11:48 am Reply
  • Theresa Mass

    I’ve gotten numerous orders from SheIn and love most. Def the cheapest products are the ones your going to be disappointed in. Usually any leggings, pass on. The material is very thin and super shiny (cheap). But I am for the most part asatisfied customer. Dresses and Jackets have been great. No shoes ever in my size tho 10 ☹

    May 23, 2019 at 4:12 pm Reply
    • Amanda Cross
      Amanda Cross

      Glad to hear that! I’ve definitely had orders on both sides from great to not so great. I think you can find some good pieces there if you search and utilize reviews.

      May 27, 2019 at 7:18 am Reply
  • Katie

    Hi there! I absolutely loved this post. Really appreciate you doing such an honest review and posting pictures of yourself in the stuff, you look great. I’m definitely going to check out your other posts. Thank you so much Amanda, much love to you!

    June 14, 2019 at 10:04 pm Reply
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