Top 5 Tips for Shopping at Shein + My Top Picks

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Hi guys, long time no see! I haven’t posted in about a month (I know, I know my apologies). All I can say is this month was adulting at its finest. Still trying to figure out how to balance working full-time and blogging, oh and throw moving into the mix. So yeah. But it’s all good because I’m finally settled into my new place and couldn’t be happier. A great neighborhood, 3 incredible roommates, AND cheap rent? Totally a God thing.

Okay now that we’re all caught up, today I wanted to talk about the infamous Shein online retail store. I’ve placed a few orders from Shein this past month and have been pleasantly surprised with how great everything turned out! I get a lot of questions about this site, specifically, Is it sketchy? Does it take forever to ship? Does the quality match the photo? You get the gist. So, to make your shopping experience a little less nerve-wracking, I’m going to show you my top 5 tips for shopping at Shein, as well as my top picks from the site. Let’s get right into it…

TIP 1: WATCH YOUTUBE HAUL VIDEOS

If you’ve browsed the Shein website, then you know they have a ton of clothes, which can be pretty overwhelming at times. So, the first thing I make sure to do is to watch “Shein Haul” YouTube videos. Literally, search Shein Clothing Haul on YouTube and tons of videos will populate of girls trying on and reviewing their purchases. This will really help you visualize the clothing and gain inspiration of what exactly you want to shop for. Plus, some of these girls do a wayyy better job at styling the pieces than the website itself, so it helps you find clothes you probably would’ve passed on just by looking at the model online. The best haul videos I’ve found so far are from Danielle Carolan and Chelsea Hernandez. They both film a ton of haul videos, so be sure to check out their channels first!

TIP 2: READ. THE. REVIEWS 

Along with watching YouTube videos, one thing that really solidifies my decision to purchase an item is when I read the reviews. Try and look for reviews where people upload pictures of themselves wearing the clothes. This will help you confirm if the size, color, patterns, prints, etc, match what is being advertised. My personal rule of thumb is I won’t purchase anything that doesn’t have reviews, so if you want to save yourself from a catfish horror story, make sure you read them!

TIP 3: PAY ATTENTION TO SIZE 

All Shein pieces are NOT created equal. Some tops are super soft and oversized, and some are super tight and require you to size up. Again, this is where the reviews come in handy. There is no greater love I feel when someone says, “I’m 130lbs, 5’5″, purchased a Medium and it fits perfectly!” Bless you, helpful reviewer for giving me a perfect frame of reference. However, not all items have helpful reviews, so get to know your measurements in centimeters or inches to ensure you’re making the best decision on what size to get.

TIP 4: BE AWARE OF THE QUALITY 

If we’re being honest, Shein clothing is very inexpensive. While they have some great pieces that hold up pretty well, make sure you have realistic expectations of what you’re getting into. Think of it like Forever 21, where some clothes will only last a season and others will survive for years. My rule of thumb when it comes to taking care of “cheaper” clothing is to stay away from the dryer. Instead, hang dry your clothes to avoid shrinkage and preserve the fabric’s fibers!

TIP 5: STALK THEIR INSTAGRAM

The last thing I like to do before shopping at Shein is to stalk crap out of their Instagram account. Their feed and tagged photos are filled with real people styling their clothes, which gives you a better idea of what the clothes actually look like on a real human. Are you noticing a theme here? Moral of the story is, see before you buy!

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MY TOP SHEIN PICKS

Now that you know the steps you should take before hitting that checkout button, here are a few of my favorite things that I’ve gotten from the site. These things might be kinda random, so check out the Bestsellers page and the Style Gallery to see their most popular items!

WHITE OFF-THE-SHOULDER SHIRTThis is the one I’m wearing. Ordered a Small and it fits great! I wear it so much that I’m actually going to order another one just in case they decide to discontinue it.

BLACK DENIM SKIRT:  I got this in a Medium. It’s super stretchy and easy to wear. Love it!

LANTERN-SLEEVE BLOUSE: Ordered this in a Small, but switching it out for a Medium because the arms are pretty tight. This shirt has a super relaxed, beachy, boho vibe and would look great with layered necklaces and cut-offs! 

BURGUNDY CRISS CROSS BIKINI: I love this swimsuit! It’s only $13 for the set and the cut outs look really cute on. The only thing is it has weird padding, but I might just cut them out. I got a Medium for reference. 

LOOSE V NECK T-SHIRT: If you’re in need of new basics, then you need these shirts. They come in black, white, and gray, and can be worn on any occasion. They also have hundreds of reviews, a definite fan favorite. 

Shein Off-The-Shoulder Top - treasureandtaupe.comShein Off-The-Shoulder Top - treasureandtaupe.comShein Off-The-Shoulder Top - treasureandtaupe.com| Off-The-Shoulder Top: Shein | Jeans: Levi’s | Booties: Steve Madden(under $50!) | Gold Choker: Urban Outfitters |

Long post, but hope this was helpful! I definitely think Shein is worth the hype and you should absolutely try it out! One last thing, shipping can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks, so keep that in mind. If you still have any other questions about Shein let me know in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to answer them!

xo, D

28 Comments

  1. Vanessa May 30, 2017

    Great post! I’ve had a yellow dress in my cart for the longest but couldn’t buy it because I’m worried it won’t look right but now i’ll give it shot, thanks!

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  2. Amanda May 25, 2017

    I love that their clothing is cheap but I have received so many items that weren’t the size I ordered so I stopped shopping with them. Your top is super cute though!

    Xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    • mm Davina Donkor May 27, 2017

      Oh yikes! That hasn’t happened to me yet, but I could see how that would be annoying!

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  3. courtney May 25, 2017

    This is literally the most helpful post ever written – THANK YOU! Now i feel like i can finally order from shein.

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  4. Brittany N May 25, 2017

    That shirt is gorgeous girl! I love the combo of the off-the-shoulder and the tie in the front! xo, B | http://www.theblistblog.com

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  5. Mary May 25, 2017

    you look so cute, love the top! and great tips, i definitely agree that reading the reviews and looking at their insta is key!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

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    • mm Davina Donkor May 27, 2017

      Thank you 🙂 Yes, definitely do the research and you won’t be disappointed!

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  6. Jenny May 25, 2017

    I love shein! For some reason I didn’t even think to check their Instagram but i’ll have to start doing that.

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    • mm Davina Donkor May 27, 2017

      Yes, and they have a ton of tagged pics too, stalk away! haha

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  7. Bre paulson May 24, 2017

    I only recently learned of Shein, but had no idea how to find the good stuff! thanks for this awesome, informational post!

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  8. Ashley May 24, 2017

    These are great tips!! I also never order a product unless it has reviews! shein has some really great items and these are great tips for getting the best bang for your buck!

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  9. Lee Anne May 24, 2017

    Interesting, I’ll have to check this out! I adore this top on you, so cute with the distressed denim.

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

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  10. The Southern THing May 24, 2017

    GReat tips! I’ve been wanting to shop there, just wasn’t sure about it!

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    • mm Davina Donkor May 24, 2017

      I know it took me a while to try it too, but then I realized I’d only be losing a few dollars since the clothes are so inexpensive. Take the plunge!

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  11. lauren May 24, 2017

    I have lucked out with Shein by reading the reviews but I love the idea of watching youtube haul videos! you look great in that blouse!

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    • mm Davina Donkor May 24, 2017

      Aw thank you! And yes, definitely check out Youtube videos, it helps so much, especially with sizing!

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  12. Ayana Pitterson May 24, 2017

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS POST! yOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. i AM DEFINITELY A SHEIN SHOPPER, BUT I HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN disappointed AT TIMES. tHANKS FOR SHARING SOME TIPS THAT i HAD NOT EVEN THOUGHT about before. GREAT post!

    Thrifting diva
    http://www.thriftingdiva.com

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    • mm Davina Donkor May 24, 2017

      Yay, glad to be of service Ayana! I’m just getting ready to place another order so I’d love to hear what your favorite pieces are before I order again!

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  13. Michelle May 24, 2017

    I love Shein, these are great tips

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  14. Lily May 22, 2017

    Your photos are FAB! Love all these tips too — I’ve been curious about Shein for some time!

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    • mm Davina Donkor May 24, 2017

      Thanks Lily! It took me a while to finally place an order, but it’s so worth it!

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  15. Ana May 21, 2017

    the quality of these photos and the amazing details of the outfit blow me away!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    xoxo,
    Ana – Blogger at http://www.TheSheApproach and big supporter of women who are building an empire online and raising their voices through blogging!

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