I recently posted on my stories that my order arrived from Shein. We won’t talk about the fact that it was 6 bikinis that i ordered in the dead of the night just as lock-down was announced during a pandemic. There was so much interest in the topic of shopping on Shein, a lot more then i expected. Rather than give half answers over and over i said i would get all of the info down on the blog, after all that is what blogs are for. Imagine a blogger that blogs lol.
So yes back to the subject in hand, shopping on Shein.com – OG’s will remember this site from when it was called Sheinside. This wasn’t my first time ordering from the brand and i had no qualms or fears in doing so. It seems that a good few of you did however so i want to get as much information as i can to help you make an informed decision. I’ve focused on the main questions on concerns with shopping on Shein with regards to safety, quality and sizing.
Shopping On Shein
Shein is an affordable online shopping platform women’s fashion. Featuring all of the current fashion trends. Categories include women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing, footwear, accessories and now homeware. Boasting 20,000+ styles including dresses, blouses, swimwear and T-shirts. Excellent Summer co-ords and holiday bits. A self proclaimed one-stop destination for fashionistas. Established in 2008 the e-commerce site has gone from strength to strength and upheld the philosophy that “everyone can enjoy the beauty of fashion”. Right up my street.
Is Shein Safe?
The long and short of it is that yes , Shein is safe to shop on. It is a real, genuine and legit online store. I have shopped on it several times without any issue. It is understandable i suppose to question it’s credibility as some of the ads may look a bit dodge. I feel that is because you see the prices so low you think there is no way this can be real. Also the prices may appear in dollars in adverts etc which may also add some question marks. I have replied to so many messages about this and my reply has been the same, i would never share anything that i didn’t trust or like myself. If there was an issue i would of course share this information on to warn others. So far i have been very happy with my orders and shopping experience. I have only one little qualm about shopping on Shein and i will get to that further on in the post. It is not unique to Shein though so not something that puts me off as such.
If you are worrying about the safety of your money when ordering , i would just say to be as cautious as you would with the majority of other online retailers. Use your Revolut card if you are ever worried paying for something online. This is a very safe way to shop online without using your bank card. You can transfer the exact amount over to your Revolut prior to checking out. You can also use Paypal as your payment method, which i use on pretty much every online order i make. An extremely safe way to shop that always gives you a comeback, peace of mind and support.
Is Shein Good Quality?
My thoughts on the matter is the same where the sizing is concerned too. To me it is pretty much the same as other fast online retailers. It is produced in the far east like the majority of other brands so is very similar to Boohoo , PLT etc. I’ve found the fabric and material in anything i have ordered to be fine. Well more than fine , did the job and didn’t feel cheap. I would be picky about the pieces i pick though by analysing what the fabric is like. Zoom in, read the description and reviews too. Obviously for the pricing you aren’t getting silk but again you wouldn’t from any other affordable fast fashion retailer. It is worth a mention and to be 100% honest, one dress i had did come apart at the sides. It was a light chiffon type and studying fashion taught me that there just wasn’t enough slippage left in the seams. The stitching and weave of the fabric comes apart under duress. I’ve had it and seen it happen from lots of brands though it can easily happen. I wouldn’t say it was a quality issue as such with the fabric though.
How Long Does Delivery Take From Shein?
Giving it’s far east location, obviously there will be no next day delivery options. Typically it can take up to 2 weeks to receive orders. I have received my last two within 10 days which i think is great. The time stated on the site is 7-12 business days. If you are looking to shop with an occasion or trip coming up, i would give yourself a little time to save disappointment. This doesn’t bother me as i wait for bits from Ali Express and EBay that take longer.
Can You Return To Shein?
My own little dislike comes here. Returns are not the easiest. I know that is the biggest reason that puts people off online shopping anyways so it could be a deal breaker. You do need to try things on and you can’t know that something just might not be the same on you when it arrives. With regard to returns on Shein, you need to contact customer services with your order number and the item(s) you wish to return. They will then get the ball rolling and tell you how and where your return should go. There are bases in Germany , the USA and China so i think based on where you live and what you have ordered this decides where your return should go. None of that makes any issue to me. I believe the last time i inquired, my package was to go back to Germany. However i had to fit the return cost and i think it was €15. There is no returns system in place like we have with most UK and Irish retailers. I think when i weighed it up it wasn’t worth returning the one piece giving how cheap the item was.
What Is The Sizing Like On Shein?
I can only comment on the plus size section here obviously but if they have the bigger sizes down then that is saying something. I’ve not had an issue with the sizing at all and would say it is pretty spot on. There is a great function on the site for finding your size called “Fit Finder”. It asks you to input some details and select your body shape etc. My favourite part of this function is that it allows you to input what you size you wear in other popular brands. For example i put in the size i take on Boohoo and they calculated the size that would translate to for Shein. The fit finder appears under under each item to easily help choose the correct size for you. The models info and measurements should be there under the pics too for reference which is handy . I would also say that i scroll down when looking at an item and read the reviews from others who have bought this piece. It allows you to see their thoughts on fabric and fit etc. Also if they thought it was as described on the site. Sound folk also upload pictures which is a great tool too so you can see it on different shapes , sizes , skin-tones etc. I often use Instagram for this too by searching the hashtag or the brands profile to see if there are any snaps of the bits that i liked.
Plus Size Shein?
The plus section is incredible! One of the best i have seen to be fair. Lots of really trend driven styles which a lot of plus size and curve sections can lack. I think they get as a brand that size shouldn’t determine style and you know i love that. Recently i touched on this problem in a post here. The dedicated plus size section offers basics, nightwear, figure friendly staples and some great occasion styles that are definitely worth a look if you have a wedding etc coming up. Their swimwear section for this size range cannot be rivaled for me. Exactly the styles i look for and have often worried would i be able to source each season. I feel the most comfortable in little frill bottoms or a swim skirt style. Not always easy to find or within an affordable price range.
Shein Plus Swimwear
I know there is a lot of talk about fast fashion and the ethics behind it. Retails like this are often targeted in this argument, I completely see the point and am continuing to try educate myself on these issues. I will say though that it is not as easy to be sustainable with clothing when you are plus sized. Second hand isn’t as easy to come by nor is affordable ethical brands in these sizes. I try and love to support local businesses but the truth is there is the choice especially with the swimwear that i have mentioned. There is a market for larger sizing and curve women deserve the same choice and styles as everyone else.
If you are interested in trying Shein out , register your email and sign up to get 10% off your first order. There are also regular coupons that appear at the top of the site with money off certain spends. It is already quite affordable so to save more is an extra bonus. I think i have answered everything i could think of and all of the frequently asked questions. As always if there is something you would like to know or ask then please do not hesitate. If you guys do order some bits i would love to know how you got on.
Shop On Shein