I have been asked more than a handful of times for a post with tips and tricks for shopping at the online retailer, Shein. I finally decided to write this post for you all since I’ve been ordering more from Shein this season, I figured it’s only fair to educate you all on how to shop the site since I’m wearing their pieces in a lot of my Instagram photos!
If you are unfamiliar with Shein, it is a massive online clothing store with inventory consisting of trendy, super affordable pieces. The prices seem almost too good to be true, so skepticism makes sense, I’m here to de-bunk the rumors and share my experiences with shopping at this online retailer. In this post I’ve rounded up my tips and tricks for shopping at Shein. Make sure to save it to Pinterest for easy reference in the future!
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Look for items displayed on a model.
I try to only purchase an Item that is displayed on a person, not just a hanger. If I order an item displayed on a hanger, chances are I’ve seen the piece on another blogger or friend! You can check their Instagram pages @sheinofficial and @shein_us and view tagged pictures to view items on customers and bloggers. Their hashtag is #sheingals or #sheinus which should also bring up plenty of pictures featuring Shein items.
Read Item Reviews
This goes hand in hand with with the first tip! Read the reviews and look for the reviews with customer photos. This helps especially well with “One- Size” items. I tend to only order items that have amazing reviews with pictures attached.
Pay Attention to Sizing
Sizes are all over the place for each item on Shein. Grab a tape measure whenever in doubt and physically measure your body and compare to the detailed info they provide on their site. I tend to size up when I’m feeling unsure, but always measure if you’re on the fence! I’ve ordered items in my normal size that could fit a chihuahua so I always measure twice and reference their sizing before placing my order.
Plan to Wait For Your Order
Shipping can take a crazy long time, so expect to wait! Since items are coming from over seas, items can take anywhere from one week to three weeks to arrive, so don’t place an order with items you need ASAP. If I am ordering for an event or a shoot I will always order a month in advance to make sure that 1) the item arrives on time, and 2) I also have time to find a replacement in case the item is not what I expected. You can always expedite shipping if it’s super important as well!
Returns are Not Necessarily Worth it
There have only been two items total that I’ve received from Shein that have not worked out for me. I decided it would be easier to donate the items than deal with returns since I’ve heard returns can be a huge hassle and shipping costs tend to be more than the items price anyway. I have heard you can pay a few bucks for insurance that makes returns more affordable which is always an option as well!
Be Prepared for a Wrinkles
This is where I give you the number one advice that you will ever get for online shopping from ANY retailer, not just Shein. INVEST IN A STEAMER. Items ordered online tend to come in a crumpled mess. Remove the wrinkles before you wear your online items out and about. I promise them they’ll look ten times better and higher quality than if you rock the wrinkles. This is the portable steamer I use. It’s super affordable and works like a charm, also fits well in a suitcase if you travel frequently!
Overall I have had pretty great success with my purchases from Shein! Items are affordable and on trend, great for the fashionista who likes to change things up seasonally without breaking the bank. I hope these tips help to make your Shein shopping experience fun and easy. If you have questions that I didn’t answer in this post, leave them in the comments below or shoot me a DM on Instagram.
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