Did you all read the hilarious Buzzfeed article about 4 “regular” women trying to fit into clothing from sketchy online retailers? Hilarious and also, totally frustrating.
I, myself, have wondered about these places before. I’ve clicked on ads from Sammydress and Rosegal, leading me to MEGA online sites selling trendy clothing at insanely cheap prices. Sounds too good to be true, right? With a little digging, you’ll find that these sites are based overseas, often in China. Their shipping times are unpredictable and their sizing seems like a crapshoot.
Cardigan maxi dress – $18
This colorful sheer maxi seemed like a good place to start. I saw Suburban Faux Pas wearing it on her Instagram and after clicking through to SheInside, I loved being able to browse through the huge gallery of satisfied customers. I had visions of wearing this as a cover-up in Mexico. It arrived 13 days after my purchase and looked promising out of the bag. I purchased my usual size medium and found out quickly that the sleeves were threatening to cut off the circulation in my biceps since the material has no stretch. It’s not noticeable in pics but yeah, that didn’t feel great.
I also had trouble buttoning it at my waist so I’ll only be able to wear it as an open cardigan. I definitely needed a large but their return and exchange policies seem complicated so I’m keeping it. Maybe I’ll wear it this summer?
Bird print dress – $13
The pattern on this dress is what caught my eye. I thought it’d be cute over leggings with a long necklace. It’s advertised as a dress but let’s be real, this is a tunic. I’m 5’4” and don’t feel comfortable wearing it with bare legs (hello exposed thighs!). It’s also unlined which is tricky given it’s white. I suspected these would be problems but at $13, shot for the moon. Once I added leggings, I felt more comfortable:
And then I tried it with a belt. This gave it more shape, but I haven’t decided where I should wear it?
I ordered a size up, a large, thinking that would give me extra length, but it turns out, a medium would have been better as the shape is swingy. If this dress had been lined, I’d tell everyone about it because the print and price are fab! Now I just need to buy a slip…
Gold cross circle ring – $5 (sold out, but this one is similar)
I wanted to see how their jewelry compared to say, Forever 21. The verdict is: meh, it’s fine, I guess? I certainly wasn’t expecting anything too fancy at $5, but this ring didn’t wow me. It just feels a little… dinky. I think I’ve graduated to mid-range jewelry lately (it’s hard to beat BaubleBar’s selection and still-affordable prices) so super-cheap jewels leave me wanting a bit more.
Blue lens sunglasses – $8
This was the funniest item I purchased — mirrored blue lens aviators because at $8, why not?! Well, here’s where things get strange. These sunglasses were shipped separately from my other items (SheInside warned me that might happen) and they arrived 34 days after I made my purchase. An entire month! The sunglasses did look as pictured and came in a sunglasses case, but nothing is worth that kind of wait. They’re a little big on my face so after wearing them a few days and in this outfit post, I passed them on to my husband :)
Final verdict on SheInside: I was pleasantly surprised that everything from SheInside fit (more or less). Sure, I didn’t hit a home run on sizing, but I never do at Old Navy or Target either! Besides the sunglasses, the items arrived in a reasonable amount of time. The tracking notifications were very vague though, so it was a surprise when both unmarked bags showed up on my doorstep. Overall, I think SheInside is fine for making an occasional trendy purchase, but I’d much rather purchase clothing from more-reputable brands or support local stores.
Have you shopped SheInside or another similar retailer yet? What was your experience?