Striped Sundress (18$)
A $13 bikini? Trendy dresses for $18, $23 or less? It might be the journalist in me, but I am a born skeptic when it comes to online shopping. If it sounds too good to be true, I steer myself firmly in the other direction. However, curiosity got the better of me with fashion retailer Shein… and guess what… I’m actually glad it did!
Are these items heirloom pieces? Certainly not. Is the fabric of the highest caliber? Nope. But, if you know what to look for, you can find some real fashion wins at Shein. I’ve placed several orders and have had a very positive experience. In fact, it’s now one of my favorite places to shop for trendy, of-the-moment looks. Note: This post is two years old, so I’ve updated links to show you similar garments. Items on Shein sell out very quickly.
That said, I did my homework to learn the “tricks of the trade” before shopping on this site and am sharing them with you today. This isn’t a sponsored post, just a place to answer your FAQs and to find an honest Shein review. If you are wondering about something I don’t cover here, please let me know!
Trendy pieces are fun, but I refuse to spend a lot of money on them. Shein’s price point allows you to test out unique items and experiment with fashion without breaking the bank. You’ll find affordable adaptations of high-end designer looks. In addition, there is a HUGE range of options—it’s almost overwhelming. Is your style casual, edgy, classic, girly, punk? Whatever item you are looking for, there’s a good chance you’ll find something that fits your needs AND your personal aesthetic.
In general, Shein pieces run small and short. Although it has recently added an impressive plus size line. Make sure you read the size guide, reviews, and take your measurements very carefully. Don’t just order your typical XS, S, M or L size. Also, keep in mind the sizing is NOT the same for all Shein garments. Measurements that might call for a S for one dress, might be a M for another.
I’ve found sizing for dresses, tops and swimwear fairly easy to get right. I would not buy pants, fitted shorts or pencil skirts from SheIn. It’s just too difficult to get the size right and I don’t want to deal with the hassle of a return.
Given the extremely low prices, I wasn’t expecting much from Shein, but have actually been pleasantly surprised. In general, I find the quality comparable to fast fashion retailers like Forever 21 or H&M. However, it does appear to vary between items. Some are amazing and others lackluster. That’s why it is SO important to read reviews and to really take a hard look at the garment photos. As you might expect, the fabrics tend to be on the thinner side (although some have really impressed me) and the dresses are rarely lined.
X-back dress (similar) | ($11)
The ruffle cuff blouse and striped sundress (linking similar piece are my favorite Shein pieces so far. I ordered a XS in the blouse and it fit perfectly. The detailing is much nicer than I expected. In fact, it looks like a very expensive, designer piece. I went with a S in the sundress and have been using it as a beach cover-up/day dress. It has the cutest back detail and the fabric offers an easy breezy linen-type look.
Rating (out of 5 stars): 5
Love, love, love this maxi dress! I can’t wait to wear it to a summer wedding. I ordered a S and found the fit true to size. The wrap style is figure flattering and the fabric has a nice stretch to it. The top is form-fitting, so if you prefer a less clingy style, I’d opt for a size up.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Scalloped Bikini ($14)
I was not expecting much when I ordered this suit. I figured since you were getting both the top and bottom for just $14, the material had to be super thin. Well, I love it! This bikini has padding on top, a really cute design, and while the material is different from what I anticipated, it IS thick and supportive! I’d order SheIn swimwear again.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This blouse is very pretty and delicate, but a tad underwhelming. I’ve worn it for multiple work occasions, but found the material thinner than I’d like. I ordered the XS, but would have preferred a S for a looser fit. Some of the seams were a bit off. Then again, it was only $13, so I wasn’t expecting perfection. The one I’ve linked to now is just $5. Be aware, you get what you pay for sometimes. The fabric will be thin.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
This dress is so fun and flirty. I ordered a S. It is true to size and the perfect summer day dress. The belt and buttons really add nice detail and it feels well constructed.
Rating: 5 out of 5
I found this dotted dress to be another winner. It has a retro vibe and nice stretchy material. While it is very comfortable, it is also very form-fitting. I ordered the small and should have sized up to a M, as I was hoping to wear it to work with a cardigan.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Please let me know if you have any Shein questions in the comments below. Happy shopping! Need more fashion inspiration? Follow me on Instagram for outfit and home decor ideas— Lindsay
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