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My First Shopping Experience!

A review of fast-fashion store
I feel like I'm one of the last people on the planet to try, 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: 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.

What I Bought: I bought this gingham top, this casual peplum tee, this boho maxi dress, this embroidered peasant top, and this embroidered tunic.

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: 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 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 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 fan?

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Glad to hear about your SheIn order. I would like to do the same. However, am having trouble locating size chart on their webpage. Can you direct me? I will not order until I synchronize sizes. Thanks!
#1 margot on 2017-06-15 12:11 (Reply)
Hi Margot! Okay so if you click on an item, you'll see a little link for "Size Guide" right beneath the price. This tells you how to measure yourself.

Then, below that, you'll see the available sizes for that specific product. If you hover over the size (S, M, L etc.) a little box pops up with the specific measurements for that garment. That's what I referred to.

Hope that helps!
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2017-06-16 06:38 (Reply)
Okay, will do! Thanks, Dianna!
#1.1.1 margot on 2017-06-16 11:54 (Reply)
I too had a good experience with them. (Although my first order took forever to get to me, but they gave me points to use on my next purchase ) . Quality was good! Ordered again and waiting on my goodies:) you can't beat the prices !!
#2 Nikki on 2017-06-15 22:14 (Reply)
I would also highly recommend checking for reviews on individual items. On more commonly ordered items, a lot of people will post reviews with feedback on sizing and quality, as well as with pictures. On more popular items, they sometimes have galleries of submitted pictures that can be really helpful for gauging how something fits or will look! I've ordered a handful of items and it can be super hit and miss- I've gotten shirts that turned out to be borderline see through but also one of my absolute favorite t-shirt dresses from them (for like $10 too!) You just have to go in with low expectations to be honest
#3 Cat on 2017-06-17 12:58 (Reply)
I love this tip, thanks for sharing. I got the embroidered boho/peasant top based on customer reviews and pictures! I was disappointed with the peplum top which incidentally did not have any reviews nor did it have any photos on a model, just a hanger. Won't make that mistake again!
#3.1 The Budget Babe on 2017-06-18 08:12 (Reply)
Yep- I've learned the hard way to stick with items that have reviews or pictures on models at least! Otherwise it's a real gamble!
#3.1.1 Cat on 2017-06-18 13:11 (Reply)
I totally agree with reading the reviews! I really do think that they've upped their game and I've been really happy with most everything I've ordered. I love, love the gingham blouse and maxi dress you scored!

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#4 Heidi on 2017-06-17 14:39 (Reply)
Thanks for this! I stumbled upon their stuff on Amazon - I can get it shipped using prime!
#5 Stephanie on 2017-06-22 15:19 (Reply)
Let me know how your shopping experience is with buying off Amazon! I'm glad you mentioned this because I was just doing a google search for something on SheIn and the amazon results came up - totally forgot they're on there! Seems like a good option.
#5.1 The Budget Babe on 2017-06-23 06:59 (Reply)
So I ordered some things yesterday night and I live in Washington, I was wondering when in your opinion do you think it should come? And I always see reviews saying it’s a scam which made me a little nervous
#6 Makenna on 2018-06-25 13:35 (Reply)
I got my order in 5 business days, it's a legit site not a scam but customer service can be sketchy. Good luck!
#6.1 The Budget Babe on 2018-06-25 21:08 (Reply)
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