If you caught Saturday's post, you may have heard that L.A.-based apparel brand J.O.A. now has a budget-friendly fashion line at Target.com called J. by J.O.A. Thanks to alert reader Julianne A. for the tip!
Wow this week has been a whirlwind of emotions and excitement between house-hunting and my sister giving birth to the most gorgeous baby girl! We're so blessed to welcome our little princess into the family. So. I can't believe it's July already. Time to shop some incredible sales and celebrate the red, white and blue all weekend long. Cheers! xxBB
I feel like I'm one of the last people on the planet to try SheIn.com, a giant online fast-fashion store that ships worldwide. If you're like me and have been curious about this site but hesitant to shop, I went ahead and placed my first order - here's how it went!
Navigating the site: SheIn.com is huge and you can easily spend hours getting sucked in and browsing endlessly. The search functionality is pretty good, so I would try to approach the site with some items in mind (for example, 'I really want to try the off-the-shoulder top trend, and I want a vintage rose print t-shirt'); that way you won't just go down the rabbit hole and never come back out.
Sizing: DO use their size charts. DO not order up unless you think you must after referring to the sizing details for an item. I went with my normal size for each item and each item fit true to size. I feel like in the past, I would definitely order one or even two sizes up when ordering from international sites, but I feel like they've adjusted to US sizing for the most part. I used a tape measure on myself to make sure each item would fit in the shoulders, bust, and lengthwise.
Shipping: SheIn.com offers "free express shipping" on order $99 and over, so I went for it. DO refer to their shipping details page. I posted my review on Instagram Stories and heard from a lot of you guys that shipping can be all over the place. But to be fair, my order shipped promptly and arrived within the timeframe they promised. I ordered late at night on a Sunday, June 4th, and my package arrived the following Monday morning, June 11th. So, 5 business days.
Quality: Whenever I'm shopping for fast fashion, I try to pick pieces that I think will read "more expensive" and I was very happy with my buys overall. I'd say for the price it's great. Think H&M. My gingham cotton top could pass for J.Crew if you just saw someone wearing it on the street. The embroidery on my tunic top and peasant blouse was very nice and again comparable to items you might buy at Gap or T.J. Maxx. I mean, you get what you pay for, but if you choose well you'll find some really nice pieces!
Style: Did I love how everything looked on me? Nope. The peplum tee is probably going back because it's way too boxy. But was the description accurate? Yes. Is this the 'in' style now? Yes. Does it flatter me? Not at all. Same with the boho top. It looks better with shorts. It's not perfect but I do love the embroidery and the cotton is nice enough, so I'll keep it. But I appreciate that SheIn has some unique pieces that you won't see everyone else wearing.
My best tip: Download the SheIn app! I loved using the app to track my package. In fact it works better than the browser and has more detailed information.
Overall: I'm really glad I gave SheIn.com a try. Items looked like they did in the photos, which was a good thing of course! The fashion landscape is getting more and more competitive, so we have lots of options as shoppers. SheIn has things you might not find at Forever 21. I'm also loving shopping at Target.com lately...shipping has gotten faster, and you can always return things in store which is a definite plus. But it's hard to resist the siren call of rock-bottom prices...I'm already eying a couple more items from SheIn and will not hesitate to shop from them again!
I'd love to hear your thoughts, are you a SheIn.com fan?
You might be familiar with Amazon Fashion and Amazon.com 's overall push to become a leader in the retail industry, but did you know the online giant now carries at least a dozen in-house clothing brands that are exclusive to Prime Members? I didn't either, until I was watching an episode of Style Code Live, which devoted an entire show to showcasing these new additions to the Amazon empire.
While Racked seems to suggest that Amazon has a long way to go, I think Amazon is quickly becoming a fashion force to be reckoned with. Just take a look at this round-up of 12 brands I found on Amazon that are exclusively sold to Prime Members (I've been a Prime Member for as long as I can remember and highly recommend it).
Amazon stresses quality and value with these brands, suggesting these are competitors to your favorite brands (which they probably carry, too). Most items are under $50 or $100, and all of them are incredibly tempting.
Shopping tip: When sorting by brand on Amazon, you can now sort by "Our brands" to see Amazon exclusives.
I starting buying clothing from Amazon in earnest around the time I became a mom and just loved the convenience factor of Amazon for everything from diapers to books. Take a look at these brands and tell me what you think - have you shopped any of the Amazon Prime Exclusive clothing brands yet? What did you think?
12 Amazon Prime Exclusive Clothing Brands You Didn't Know
1. Coastal Blue: Swimwear for every figure
2. Lark & Ro: Polished wardrobe essentials and more
3. Paris Sunday: Contemporary fashions for women
4. Mae: Pretty and casual bralettes and panties
5. Ella Moon: Feminine fashions with a bohemian touch
6. Arabella: Loungewear and undergarments for everyday
7. James & Erin: On-trend feminine fashions, also with a boho vibe
8. Society New York: Modern workwear to weekend pieces
9. Scout + Ro: Comfy, mix and match pieces for boys and girls
10. Goodthreads: Effortless mens' shirts, pants and more
11. North Eleven: Women's cold weather accessories
12. Franklin Tailored: Mens' suits and accessories. Bonus: Just found Buttoned Down, too, which offers men’s dress shirts starting at $39.