I'm so excited to write this post for you. For months now, I've been ordering from Shein and I share a lot of their clothes and accessories on my blog, Instagram, LIKEtoKNOW.it, and Pinterest accounts. I get tons of questions weekly about you babes liking my items from Shein and wanting to order some of your own but you're either 1. Worried about the quality of the items, 2. Nervous that your items won't actually come, or 3. Scared that your items will be too big/too small because we've all read the iffy sizing reviews online--don't lie, I know you read them!
Online reviews are very mixed when it comes to shopping at Shein, and I've found that people either really love it or really just can't vibe with it. Last month, I shared with you my tips when it comes to any online retailer, but now I want to talk everything Shein. I've taken some of your questions I've gotten multiple times, plus the questions you sent in on my Instagram stories and I've got a lot to say! So sit down, grab a drink, and get ready to take some mental notes.
Here is everything you need to know about shopping at Shein.
*I want to note this post is not sponsored by the brand, nor am I affiliated with the brand at this time. All items featured in the photos below were purchased by me, no compensation involved. I just want to provide an honest review for you to refer to when you need your questions answered!*
First and foremost, what is Shein?
Shein is an online fashion retailer that thousands of millennial and bloggers have purchased from over the years because they sell trendy and chic items at affordable prices. A lot of the items sold by Shein are lower quality similar styles of top-trending items in higher retail stores. This can be helpful in many cases if you want to try out a specific style that's currently trending but you don't want to spend a lot of money on it because you either don't know what it will look like on you or know that it will probably be out of style by next season.
Shein often runs deals and is known for their cute styles that are oh-so-affordable.
Is the quality of Shein items good or bad?
Honestly, this really depends on what you order, and it really depends on how much research you do. Yes, research! Do. Your. Research. before you begin shopping and even while you're shopping at Shein. A lot of online blog reviews have a variety of things to say: the quality is very poor, some items are great quality, so on and so forth. But for me personally, I've found that the quality of each item is worth what I've paid for.
This blue blouse below was only $12 but it's truly one of the best quality pieces I've purchased from Shein before...it's literally water resistant you guys, I was shocked lol.
This white sweater was $16 and it's great for spring. I definitely could see it up-keeping long enough to wear through fall as well.
But, this gorgeous dress was $12, and the mesh ripped in the back after wearing it....but that's what I mean when I said I've found that the quality of each item is worth what I've paid for.
Isn't the sizing like...completely wrong?
Remember when I just told you that you need to do your research even while you're shopping? That really applies here. One thing that I suggest is to know your measurements of your bust, waist, and hips before you begin (and your inseam if you're really that careful). This can be helpful on items that the sizing may seem wrong on because you can compare the measurements shown when you click each size to see which best matches yours.
Another thing I really suggest doing is reading the reviews of the items you're interested in. The reviews are so helpful when it comes to sizing, quality, and just seeing what it looks like on someone (because a lot of people post photo reviews). I read the reviews on every single item before I decide if it's going to go into my cart or not. Many times more often than not, I've been in good luck and the reviews are pretty solid. But in other cases, some reviews have driven me away from an item. The reviews are honestly your best friend in this case.
As for my sizing, I've been TTS in every single item I've purchased (either an XS or S), and I haven't had any issues with something being too small or too big.
An item has no reviews, do you think I should still order it?
Are you a risk-taker? If your favorite food on the menu has no reviews, are you still going to like it? I don't know...this one is completely and 100% up to you. But have I, and would I personally? No I haven't and probably not. When it comes to Shein, I don't really like to take the risk on purchasing items that don't have reviews just because I don't know what I could be getting, and with all the horror stories I've read, I just don't want to waste my time on liking an item that could potentially be nothing as expected when it comes in the mail. With the reviews, at least I know and have something to count on.
How long do Shein orders take to ship?
So, it's not officially been stated, but rumor has it Shein is based out of China. And well, all of my packages have been shipped from there so I guess rumor confirmed? But, you have options when it comes to shipping with Shein. There is both Standard and Express.
-Free with orders over $49, otherwise $3.99
-Shipping time: 6-8 days
-Free with orders over $99, otherwise $12.90
-Shipping time: 2-4 days
I've shipped packages using both Standard and Express at different times. With Standard, my package arrived within 7 days of placing my order. With Express, each package came 4 days after placing my order.
There are reviews online that will say Shein shipping is iffy, but so far I've had no problems with it.
Should I pay for the Shipping Insurance?
If you're unaware of Shein Shipping Insurance, basically you can pay like $2.99 to insure your package in case it were to get lost or damaged in the mail. If you pay for this insurance and something like that were to happen, your package will get re-shipped to you for no charge.
I've placed orders where I have paid for the insurance and where I haven't. Each time, I've had no issue regarding my order, and I was never really worried they would get lost or stolen.
There are a few cases in which I will say yes, you should pay for shipping insurance though. If you've ne