Dress: Shein (SOLD OUT – similar here) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Clutch: H&M | Sunglasses: Nicole Miller c/o | Bracelet: Paul Hewitt c/o
Lately, I have been reading a lot of people who either shop at Shein and have the worst luck with the pieces they buy. Or others who would love to shop at Shein but are overwhelmed with it! I, personally, have been shopping at Shein since it was Sheinside and before I started blogging! I honestly have had more luck with Shein than not. But, I do know a lot of people who struggle with finding the right pieces and sizes.
Since I tend to be an avid Shein customer, I thought I would share the 4 easy tips I use when I buy at Shein. You can also use these tips for any other retailer too. As they are just good rules of thumb to stick buy when online shopping!
4 Easy Tips You Need to Shop at Shein:
1. Know your measurements!
It always shocks me when people don’t know their measurements when they shop online! First things first, no matter what online retailer you’re shopping with you need to know your measurements. It’s fast and easy to do. Measure your hips, waist, bust and write it down on a piece of paper near your computer. Or save it on your phone! I alwaaaaaaaays cross check my measurements before selecting a size and putting it in my cart!
I also periodically re-measure myself every so often just to make sure my measurements are still accurate. Shein offers a size chart for every garment so I would highly recommend using it and basing your size off that. Remember, all brands are made differently so just because you’re a small in one brand doesn’t mean you’re a small across the board! Don’t worry about what size you think you are and just let the size chart do the deciding.
2. Know the garments measurements
Once you have measured yourself you need to always double check the measurements of the garments. More specifically the length, especially for shorts, skirts, and dresses. One of the biggest complaints I hear from Shein reviews is that the product is too short. This can be easily avoided by finding the length of the garment and using measuring tape to put it up against your body and seeing where it hits. Or, sometimes if I’m buying a dress, for example, I’ll use my favorite dresses length for reference to see where it’ll hit.
Do you know how many bootylicious skirts and dresses I’ve avoided by doing this? A lot. You can cross check any measurement of the garment with your favorite fitting shirt, jeans, skirts you name it. This is just an important tip in general for any online shopping, in my opinion!
3. Read the reviews and use the customer uploaded images
One thing I really love about Shein is the pictures other girls upload of themselves wearing the product. Like most online retailers, on the model product shots can be deceiving. And can be a bad way to judge how the garment will fit you! Unless you’re 6ft tall and all legs of course, lol! Now not all pieces will have images uploaded by customers wearing it. But when they do, I always take a peek at that first!
Another thing I love about Shein is all the reviews below the product. I always read this too before adding any item to the cart. You’ll read reviews on if the product fits as described, the quality of it and whether it’s worth purchasing. There are times where some product has no reviews and no customer pictures uploaded. I have bought products that had nothing for me to reference before, such as the dress I’m wearing above! Just be sure to use the two tips above before making your purchase!
4. Know the return policy
Another shocking thing to me is how many people don’t get familiar with a stores policies, in general, and return policy! It just takes a few minutes to read and will help you decide whether you want to make a purchase or not. It is so important to know the return policy so you know if you can remove the tags or not, whether certain items are final sale, and if you get a full refund or a partial refund/store credit. This will help you from frustration later. And I do believe it is a customer due diligence to understand the policy before purchasing, especially when a store has it easily accessible to find online!
Knowing the policy also helps for understanding shipping rates and times. If the company is responsible for a missing package, or not. What to do when a product is received damaged or not as expected. The policies help me with ease of mind and I always make it a habit to read them on every online retailer’s website!
And that’s it for my tips. I like to use all these tips for any online retailer I shop at. I can say I usually have pretty good success when I use them too! Do you have any tips you’d like to share about shopping at Shein? Comment them below!
LOVE this post! I do love SheIn but sometimes I’m unsure about ordering, and all of these tips would definitely help out!
Love your blog – I’m a fashion blogger as well & you’re killing the game!
Thanks so much Adrienne!! 🙂 And yes they definitely do make it so much easier to order!
Such a lovely look! It really suits you!
Love this look! I really wish I had legs like yours : )
Okay, comparing the length to another dress in your closet is BRILLIANT! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of that before! Also, that dress looks dynamite on you!
I love this dress. I’m still hesitant ordering from she in. But maybe I will give them a try
This is such a cute outfit! I purchased my first ever order on SheIn just a couple months ago and found that their measurements were super true to size! I was worried they’d be all over the place. I second looking at the customer reviews and images, it definitely helps!
I’ve never even heard of Shein – clearly I am out of fashion touch ha! I’m excited to check them out now, especially since I have all of your great tips 🙂
This is so cute! Loving this floral print!
Omg, that dress totally does look amazing!!! And the photos also look so great <3 I gotta look at their store haha
I love Shein!! They have the cutest clothes!!
I really love the print on this dress!!
That dress is gorgeous! I never know about places like Shein, but I love your suggestions. I think I’m going to give it a shot!
These are all great tips! Totally agree on sizing. Know your measurements and use the size chart. That’ll help a lot!
That print is so great and I love the way you accessorized it!
These photos are amazing and that dress was made for you! Such a great tip to read the measurements on SheIn since the sizing can be inconsistent between pieces.
I love the ruffles on this dress! It would be perfect to wear into fall!
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YES! #4 is something I don’t shop online without considering
such a cute dress and shoes!
i totally agree that knowing your measurements is the most important thing!
Thanks for these tips, Lauren! I’ve been hesitant to try SheIn but might give it a go now.
This outfit is so cute!
You are so right! I love SheIn and they’ve improved their sizing A LOT since they were SheInside. Another tip I find helpful is sorting the items by price, high to low. I’ve found that the relatively pricier pieces ($20-$30) have a better construction and fabric quality than their lower priced counterparts. Most of these items are in a US based warehouse in California, instead of shipping directly from China. You can tell by the tracking information
Also if you spend over $100 you get express shipping. Things don’t take 2-3 weeks like they used to before. I’ve ordered on a Monday and had my items delivered by Friday. As a matter of fact, I ordered a few items on Wednesday and 2 of them are already out for delivery today (Friday!)
have you ever returned anything from Shein? I heard mixed reviews on people being able to return items and I want to be able to send back any items that don’t fit
I personally haven’t! I’ve heard mixed reviews on their return policy though!
So I was looking for advice on Shein sizing and stumbled across your blog. Thank you for the post, it is super helpful. Also, I love your style! x
Do you know if their T-shirt’s run true to size please
I am normally an extra large
I’d suggest using their sizing charts as I find each piece can vary in size!