I Shopped at Shein For The First Time Ever & I'm Actually So Impressed

This article has been syndicated from Kelsey Barnes, an InfluenceHer Collective Member. Read the full post here.

I was never big into online shopping until I moved to Amsterdam. When I lived in New York, I worked right on Fifth Avenue, so I could easily hit up Zara or Banana Republic after work. Now I’ve found that it’s sometimes easier and cheaper to place an order with ASOS, especially since they’ve made returns so easy.

So when I heard about Shein and the ridiculously low prices, I figured it would be worth checking out. After ordering a few items online, I was in awe. Could this rival my go-to ASOS trip? Maybe — but there were a few key things to realize from the get-go:

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The first thing I will say about Shein is to know what to expect. Don’t think you’re going to get high-quality items when you’re paying $12 for a top. I spent quite a bit of time reading reviews, measuring, and looking at the fabrics so I would know what to expect. There are a lot of helpful reviews on the site for each of the products, which often tell you about the sizing, fabric, color, etc. For example, there was a long vest that I really liked, but looking at reviews it came in a much lighter color than the pictures on the website showed. The second thing to realize is that returns are made in China, and you have to pay your own return shipping. When the item you bought cost $10, it might not even be worth returning. But if you read up on the items you’re purchasing, you might not have to return like me!

I ended up spending about 60 euros since several items were on sale when I purchased them. Overall, I’m happy with my Shein shopping experience and will definitely purchase from them again. Here are the looks I got: 

Outfit #1

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Shein lace panel peplum blouse ($21), Banana Republic essential cami, J. Crew Factory toothpick jeans, Jessica Simpson nude pumps

This lace blouse is my favorite item from my Shein purchase. It’s a darling top and perfect for spring and summer. Even though it’s in the name and the reviews, I was a little shocked at just how see-through it is.  I threw on a white tank underneath and had no problem. I love the way this top looks super dressy and can be paired with jeans, as I did here, or a high waisted skirt. I ordered a size M, and it fits perfectly.

Outfit #2

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Shein long sleeve floral maxi dress ($26), Similar Freebird brown boots, Cinco ginger necklace

I’m so glad I read the reviews on this one. I usually wear a small or medium, but I ordered this dress in a large after looking at the measurements and seeing what people were saying. I was worried about the waist fitting because the medium had fairly small waist measurements. The large ended up fitting perfectly although there is a little extra room in the top. I’d also like to note that the fabric on this one isn’t particularly high quality, it’s just a cotton blend. While it feels a little cheap, it doesn’t look it, and the pattern is super cute.

Outfit #3

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Shein embroidered blouse ($18) | Banana Republic essential cami, Similar Gap chinos, H&M straw loafer, Cinco ginger necklace, Henri Bendel Miss Bendel bracelet and petal bracelet

This one probably lived up to my expectations the least. It only comes in one size and is extremely low cut. I was hoping to wear it as a top, and although it does work with a white tank underneath, it is probably better suited as a swimsuit cover-up. It could also potentially work with a cool bralette that’s meant to be shown off.

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Shein clear wooden handle bag ($18), Shein striped knot headbands ($5 for both)

I’m so happy with this bag. It’s super cute, and I can’t wait to carry it this summer. The little striped pouch inside is perfect for hiding what you’re carrying, but it’s also removable if you just want a clear bag. It doesn’t feel cheap at all. The striped headbands were something I threw in my cart because they were so cheap. I figure I can never have too many headbands, especially since they’re ideal for switching up an outfit in a snap. There are a few loose threads on them, but I’m not surprised since they were cheaply manufactured in China.

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