Pink and Gingham + My Secrets Of Buying Well At Shein






Rach from rd's obsessions recently wrote a post all about her tips for shopping at Shein, and I thought that was a brilliant idea, as I frequently make large purchases from Shein.com, and as some of you may know, it can be a hit or miss type of situation. In case you haven't heard of Shein, they're an online shop where you can buy trendy clothes for cheap. They have LOTS of inventory, and I'm certain I've never seen half of what they offer. But, I have ordered from Shein a number of times (this gingham top is from Shein, in fact), and most times, I'm pleased with my order, because I like to think of myself as a "smart" Shein shopper. 

So, how can you make purchasing from Shein a little more hit and less miss? 

1. Don't buy it if it seems too cheap to be true. As a general rule, I've found that if I purchase a top that costs around $20, it's reasonably made and not overwhelmingly flimsy or thin. However, if something costs, say, $9, it's way less likely to be something I'd actually ever wear (too cheaply made, too thin, not quality material). This top was $13 when I ordered it, and it's almost too thin.

2. Do read the reviews. And, if there are pictures with the reviews, even better! Shein gives you points toward your next purchase to review their items, and they give more points for a review with a picture. This means that there are lots of items with many reviews, and also pictures with the review. You can see how the piece looks on a body that isn't a model, and you can get lots of sizing information from reading reviews. 

4. Do check the material. In the description of each item on Shein's site, they list the material that item is made from. Lots are 100% polyester, but occasionally, something will be made from a cotton blend or 100% cotton. These are usually hits for me, because cotton is a better fabric than polyester. Since you can't hold the item in your hands before purchasing it, this takes a little of the guess work out of what you're going to get.

5. Do check the size chart against your own measurements. This is a good idea with anything you're ordering online. You won't always be the same size in everything across the board. So, get out your measuring tape, measure yourself, and then compare those measurements to the size chart. I'm usually a size small, but at Shein, there are times when my measurements fit the measurements for a medium, or an XS (like with this top, actually), and that's the size I go with. Their size charts are usually pretty accurate, in my experience.

6. Stick with trendy pieces. I wouldn't expect to buy my classic go-to pieces from Shein. Trendy tops, sure! A cute little handbag (like this one) that you might wear once or twice.. why not? But, I wouldn't look to Shein for my "go-to, wear everyday" pencil skirt, or my classic Fall trench coat, or staple handbag. Invest real money in your classic, long-term closet staples, then spend a little money at Shein from time to time to have fun joining in on the trends that fade away each season. 

Those are my personal tips for shopping well at Shein. It can be a great, affordable place to shop if you choose the right pieces. I hope you feel a bit more confident ordering from them, now, and feel free to ask me any questions you might have!
Thanks for reading!
Jessica
  1. I have a couple of things from Shein, and you're spot on in your suggestions. I think realizing that your measurements are the measurements of the pieces---there's not usually much extra!
    I adore this top on you Jessica....it's so fabulous!!
    XOXO
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  2. I completely agree with all these tips when it comes to shopping on Shein. This top is fabulous and love how you styled it!

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  3. Nice tips, I use some of them when shopping online. Love how simple you've styled that gingham top.

    Alisha
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  4. These are fantastic online shopping tips and I think they can be applied to many online stores. I do find reading the reviews helpful. I also agree that checking sizes and knowing how to take measurements is important! Trendy pieces should be bought at these kind of stores because they are affordable but timeless pieces should be more of an investment.

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    1. So agree, Ivana! I hope you're having a great Thursday, and have a fun weekend!

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  5. The top is really looking nice, loving the matching of blue color on your other outfit's detailes!

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  6. I love your shoes! They colours of your outfit are beautiful ♥

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    1. Thanks love! Some of my favorite Spring and Summer shoes for sure!

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  7. The whole outfit is fantastic, I love blue top <3

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    1. Thanks so much, Kinga! Have a fantastic evening!

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  9. Thanks for the tips you shared with us. The top is really beautiful, the color of the sky is always a wise choice

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    1. Thanks, love! Yes, I just adore this color blue!

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  10. thank you for sharing the tips, Jessica! I find it really useful for someone who has never bought something at Shein yet (like me) since i am still not sure yet how to start. x
    have a lovely day!

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    1. Exactly what I was hoping! Thank you so much, dear!

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  11. Love the outfit + the tips! I've never trusted a website like Shein but there's always some cute options. I definitely want to try it out now, thanks so much for sharing!

    Felicity | http://oliverandmoose.com

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    1. Thank you, Felicity! That's what I had hoped this post would do. You can feel confident ordering from their, if you do it wisely.

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  12. The gingham print and the flower is like a garden princess.... so cute.
    Besides reading review is very important.
    I have worked with a lot of hyped instagram even popularly worn my celebrity but the quality is so bad.
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    Any plans ...its weekend?

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  13. You look so pretty and I love your outfit! The colour suits you very well! Thanks for tips! Have a lovely weekend!
    xo Yvonne
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  14. I love this outfit! The top is super cute.

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  15. You look really cute, and very helpful tips x)

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  16. You Look super cute! I love how the flowers match your outfit, such a great idea. The earrings are a fabulous fashion statement. Thank you for the tips, these are super handy! Xx

    Elegant Duchess xx
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  17. Great tips and a cute top! I have a few pieces from Shein and I agree, checking the fabric description is a good indicator of pieces that will wear well or last a little longer :)

    Hope that you are having a great weekend :) It's a quiet one here again, we caught another winter bug unfortunately!

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  18. Awesome look. Really amazing!
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  19. you look so stunning and elegant :-)
    You have so pretty hair xx

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  20. That top, the flowers and bag, perfect.
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  21. You look adorable in your gingham top!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  22. This is the cutest look of august! Love the gingham top! )


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  23. You look so darling, Jessica! I've never shopped at Shein, but I see a lot of bloggers who post Shein pieces on their site. The looks are always so chic and trendy. Perhaps now I will check it out...especially with the tips you provided. :) Happy new week!

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    1. I hope you will! Thank you, Lizzy! Hope you have a great week, as well!

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  24. You really can't go wrong with classic prints like this one. And you just made it looks extra cute dear! This is such a lovely outfit you have here, that top looks perfect on you. So neat and elegant, yet casual.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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