Shein experience & Fancy Friday linkup

maxi dress and cardigan

Some weeks ago, Shelbee wrote a post about Shein clothing. That’s an online shop, I think from China, that sells cheap trendy clothes. Now I tell you about my Shein experience. I often see that site pop up on blogs and had been curious about it for a while. I once ordered earrings and belts from Shein, but never clothing. You often know that with Chinese companies the sizes are completely wrong and that it doesn’t look good quality wise. But hey, I do like a bargain every now and then. So I took the splash and ordered two dresses.

My Shein experience.

shein experience

It took about two weeks before I received them, I think that is a week to long. At first glance they really didn’t disappoint me. This one is a bit thinner, the other one was a bit softer and thicker. But today I’m showing this brown blue one. The size is perfect! Now you can measure the sizes yourself and then see which one suits you best. I would definitely do that and not just order the size you always have. Although I ordered both dresses in my own size.

I am very happy with this Shein experience dress. I like the print, the colors are nice and the fit is just right. Actually, I have nothing negative to say about this dress. I wear it with a nice warm cardigan and a belt to create some waist. Although that somehow never works out well for me. Because I want to wear the belt a little lower actually.

( 1/3-2/3, the ,,rule,, is that if you want a good balance with your outfit, you should wear 1/3 on the top and 2/3 at the bottom. If I wear the belt higher, my upper body is to short and my lower body to long. But if I devide my body in 1/3-2/3 I need to wear my belts a bit lower then my waist.

But……the waistline of this dress is higher, so I needed to wear the belt higher. Or no belt at all, but I wanted a blue touch there. So there you have it….rules are meant to be broken!

Cheap dress experience, but I like it a lot.

my Shein experience

I wear it with new suède boots in a cognac color. I really like this combination, the colors blue and brown anyway. And I will definitely wear this dress a lot! I still need to wear the other dress, have tried it on for a few seconds to see if the size was right. But I am looking forward to style the other one. I think I will order again some sweaters because my Shein experience wasn’t bad at all. 

But what about the cheap ones, bad for the environment, bad quality materials, cheap labor and so on. Yes, I find that quite difficult. On the one hand, I am looking more and better at whether I want to buy something second-hand or new. I also look more closely at the materials used when I buy something new. But I just have to admit that sometimes I just want a lot. Many different dresses, sweaters in all colors. And yes, then I’m guilty of shopping at stores where maybe you shouldn’t buy. Does it help if I say that I’m at least thinking more and more about it? Do you have a Shein experience?

maxi print dress Shein experience

Shein experiencebrown and blue outfit Shein experience

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66 Comments

  1. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    That dress is lovely on you and I like the brown cardigan with it! I have a couple Shein pieces I got in collabs that are still in my wardrobe, but I haven’t bought anything from them. I am rarely buying new things anyway, I mostly shop second hand! 🙂

    Thanks for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a good week 🙂 It’s another rainy day here!

    • nancy
      Author
      12th November 2021 / 18:22

      More women should follow you on buying second hand! I applaud you!

  2. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    The dress looks great Nancy. I was gifted by the Shein brand some years ago. The quality was so bad I wouldn’t post it. They don’t like me anymore! However, I do think the brand has come a long way. I often see influencers wearing Shein and it looks good. xx

    • nancy
      Author
      12th November 2021 / 18:22

      I think it perhaps depends on the item. I guess there are a lot of items that are really poor. Thanks Laurie!

  3. Anna Marcus
    12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I like your choice of dresses Nancy and how you accessorised them. The girl I work with wears a lot of top from Shein, they are pretty but the quality is not up to scratch. Have a great weekend
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com/

    • nancy
      Author
      12th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Anna, I want to order a few sweaters from them too, but I think I will be disappointed then.

  4. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    Oooh, it is a really pretty dress, Nancy, and it looks fabulous on you! I love the way you have styled it with the belt and cardigan, too. I struggle with buying cheap clothes, too, but I like all the things and want them in my closet! I have been thinking more and more about my environmental impact with my shopping habits, but slow and steady progress is just as good as any progress, in my opinion! Thanks for the little shout out on my Shein review post. I may have to give them another try! Have a great weekend, my friend.

    Shelbee

    • nancy
      Author
      12th November 2021 / 18:22

      I totally agree with you! Have a great wekend love!

  5. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I’m new to Shein too Nancy! The jumpers are okay, about right for the price, but the belts are super – really pleased with them. Thanks for hosting the linkup party, have a super weekend. Jacqui x

    • nancy
      Author
      12th November 2021 / 18:22

      Okay, yes it’s very different I guess. Do you recomend buying sweaters there?

  6. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I love the colours of the dress, Nancy! And it’s perfect with the cardigan. I’ve bought a few dresses from Shein – the first two were absolute marvels, beautiful fabric and the fit spot on. The other one was quite small though. I also bought a pair of knickers to try and they were a bit small too. But the quality was actually quite good. I do feel guilty buying from them, but sometimes, if I’m looking for something specific and can’t find it anywhere else, I will buy it!
    Have a lovely weekend, Nancy!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

    • nancy
      Author
      12th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Suzy, yes it didn’t feel really good to buy there…..but I did. I only want to buy sometimes when I want something that is for one season. A trendy item. That’s not good either but hey I am only human.

    • nancy
      Author
      12th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Kathrine, I see a lot of comments here that women tried it a few years ago and weren’t happy. I guess it varies.

  7. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    Blue and brown is a good combination, the dress is great on you. Have a good weekend

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Gail.

  8. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I absolutely love the dress and how you styled it.

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Amy!

  9. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    Lovely dress and those boots go so well – they really make the outfit zing!

    I avoid clothing platforms like Shein and instead stalk the more ethical brands like Hush and Thought and wait for their sales, as of course they are more expensive, but worth it I think. My blue plaid coat (in my latest blog) was bought once it reduced its price. I think we have to begin doing something about fast fashion as it is so bad for the planet, but I don’t feel deprived of cheap fashion as there’s loads in the charity shops!

    Have a lovely weekend, Nancy x

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      We have no second hand shops, that are good, nearby. Such a pitty, I just now there would be many women who would love it! Thanks Penny!

  10. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I have heard of Shein but I have never purchased anything from them! I glad you like the dresses! The print is lovely!
    xo Yvonne
    https://www.aproposh.com

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Yvonne!

  11. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I love this look, Nancy! Beautiful dress that looks fabulous on you. I totally get what you’re saying about Shein. I love their styles, and I’ve only rarely had an item that didn’t fit as it should. (But that was due to the style of the item, not the actual fit.) I’d say I’ve had about 30 – 40% of the items I’ve ordered from them where the quality was crap. Right now, I am avoiding them, but I know if I looked at the site, I’d find lots that I love.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      I will not shop there often, but from time to time it’s okay. Thanks Michelle.

  12. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I’ve only shopped SheIn once and 3 out of 4 things worked and I still wear them so they were enough made. I do try too to be more conscious of where I buy my clothes so I haven’t shopped them again but I have seen many pretty things such as this beautiful dress you are wearing. I am hoping to shop some things 2nd hand in the new year because there are too expensive new.
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Mireille!

  13. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I love the dress & the cardigan is perfect with it! I worked with Shein years ago & the quality & fit was rather hit or miss at the time. I do have a few pieces from them that I still wear. I didn’t find them to be a very good company to collaborate with which I why I haven’t shopped there in several years.
    Debbie
    http://www.yourstyledstory.com

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Yes I also heard that it isn’t a good company to work with, what Asian company is…..really. Thanks Debbie!

  14. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    What a lovely dress Nancy, love the print and the autumnal tones, gorgeous on you. have a great weekend.
    Alison xx

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much!

  15. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I tried some Shein pieces when I first started blogging. As you say, they were cute but not well made. I’m glad your purchase worked out for you as that dress really is very cute! Like you, I’m trying to be thoughtful about purchases but it’s hard when you are a fashion blogger and LOVE fashion, isn’t it? Thanks for the thoughtful post.

    xx Darlene

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      It is hard Darlene! But I also think, well if that is our only sin…. Thanks love!

  16. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    Pretty dress, Nancy! I love the colors and patchwork herringbone-look print. You did a great job with styling it for fall. I have not purchased anything from Shein and have heard mixed reviews about the company. I’m glad that it worked out well for you. Hope you have a good weekend, and thanks for sharing!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Di! Have a great start of the week!

  17. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    Love this dress on you! SheIn definitely has some winners and losers in my opinion! I think if you hit it right and really read the reviews you can get some fun pieces for a great price there. I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for the linkup!

    -Katie
    http://www.hellokatiegirlblog.com/

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Yes I agree on that Katie! Thanks!

  18. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I’ve never ordered from Shein or their ilk, and I probably never will. I must admit that I’m loving your dress, and I’m happy to read your experience with Shein was a good one. I’m hearing you on the belt problem. I always want to belt my dresses, even if they do not really need it, and usually I’m forced to break the rules 🙂 Love the earrings and boots, too!
    I hope your weekend will be going as planned, Nancy! Have a nice one! xxx

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Ann! We did went out for dinner on Saturday night, just earlier. And on Sunday we had a lunch, so it was a pretty good weekend!

  19. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I never tried Shein. I dont often have the patience to wait 2-3 weeks and I am always unsure about the size charts The dress is a lovely style on you and it looks great wit the cardigan. So right about the rules! We both love wearing dresses!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Yes we do! Thank you very much Jess!

  20. 12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I’ve gotten some great pieces from Shein but they’ve also have always been hit or miss for me. Your dress is fabulous! Love the print!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Jill. I don’t think I will order much from them, just now and then.

  21. jodie filogomo
    12th November 2021 / 18:22

    I see so many cute things on their site but only have tried them once. I am trying to limit what I buy because I don’t need a thing.
    I just love how you added the belt. I think it’s perfect.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Jodie!

  22. 13th November 2021 / 18:22

    I love the dress on you Nancy- and those earring are unique- love them!!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Lucy!

  23. 13th November 2021 / 18:22

    Glad this dress worked well for you Nancy , it is a good colour combination. I am not really an online clothes shopper so Shein wouldn’t be on my radar. Reading through the comments , they seem very hit and miss with their quality , so as I only buy things to last I unlikely ever will. Many thanks for hosting Nancy.

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      I don’t think they sell your style either Jill. Thanks!

  24. 13th November 2021 / 18:22

    I think that dress is lovely! I really like it with the boots and cardigan. I haven’t ever bought from Shein and doubt I ever will as I have more than enough retailers to buy from! I shop online a lot, but I try to buy from places where I really know how the clothes will fit me.

    Thanks so much for the linkup!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Marsha, I can understand that!

  25. 13th November 2021 / 18:22

    I think I am the same way. I will never be a minimalist when it comes to clothing. Sometimes I just want to try trends and have lots of options! Shein is great for that. I love this dress on you! Glad you had a good experience!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks Laura!

  26. Tina von Tinaspinkfriday
    13th November 2021 / 18:22

    No Shein expirience for me. But you look amazing Nancy and when you feel good it‘s great.

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      I agree! Thanks Tina!

  27. 13th November 2021 / 18:22

    Nancy, you look lovely and fashionable as always. Shopping online can be an iffy proposition and one that doesn’t thrill me. I typically stick with brands and retailers that have brick-n-mortal shops so that I have an idea of the quality of their products. I’m very suspicious about online only retailers and the potential for being ripped off.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      I would also rather go shopping in a ,real, store but it is to tiring for me. Or I have to take the wheelchair, but I am not so far yet. Thanks Rena.

  28. Joanne
    13th November 2021 / 18:22

    I’ve ordered from Shein a time or two and was pleasantly surprised by most of the items I ordered. Their sizing does fluctuate greatly from item to item though. You look fantastic!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Joanne!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks.

  29. 14th November 2021 / 18:22

    I”ve seen some Shein things in the thrift stores, likely donated because of the sizing issue from ordering online! I haven’t found the fabrics to be very nice, though. I also like volume (as in lots of clothes), but I would always rather buy second-hand.

    You do look lovely in this, Nancy! I also belt a bit lower – if I belt too high, I end up looking pregnant as the “waist” is right under my boobs. Belt where you want to!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Haha, yes me too, about the pregnancy thing! We don’t have a lot of second hand stores here nearby sadly!

  30. 14th November 2021 / 18:22

    I think my Shein orders have taken longer than 2 weeks. Have only ordered a couple of things from them for that reason. Laura at I Do DeClaire finds the cutest things on their site. But I always worry about the fit and what size to order, etc. Just love this dress and really, really like the brown and blue print. You have accessorized it so perfectly, too. Great cardigan, such a warm brown. Can’t wait to see the second dress!!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thanks! Yes Laura works with them a lot!

    • nancy
      Author
      15th November 2021 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Amber!

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