A Brutally Honest Review Of Shein, That Site You See All Over Facebook

A Brutally Honest Review Of Shein, That Site You See All Over Facebook

Adorable clothes for extremely low prices - is Shein too good to be true?


I have always been the kind of person who looks for bargain prices. If there is a way I can save money during a purchase, I'm doing it. With that being said, I also appreciate quality products. If a company is advertising good quality clothes for cheap, I'm automatically interested. This is what led me to discover Shein. Shein is an international company specializing in mainly women's clothing. On their website, you can find shirts as cheap as $4 and jewelry under $2. Are these prices too good to be true? I decided I would take my chances and find out.

Spring break is creeping up around the order and so I set out looking for some cute outfits that I could wear on vacation. The website was filled with amazing deals from left to right.

In total, I spent $62 on five items with free shipping. Here's what I bought:

Ok and this one is, "Literally Just A Bed Sheet"

5. White cowrie shell braided choker necklace - $2

With these things in my cart, I went through with my order. I was optimistic - reviews looked good and despite the horror stories about Shein posted online, I was hopeful. It took 14 days for my package to get to my house and along the way, I had tried to find a customer service number or email with no luck. The clothes were said to be produced in a warehouse in Guangzhou, China and then traveled all the way to the United States.

Does Shein produce affordable, trendy clothing that isn't low quality? Let's find out.

6. This one I like to call, "Is she a sailor or is she a railroad conductor two piece."

7. Back view

There was not a perfect, pretty bow already tied on the top so I had to make do with the subpar knot skills I learned in Girl Scouts. The top was a bit large and felt quite awkward on my shoulders, yet the bottoms were on the verge of being too small to fit into. The material was clearly very cheap and as a whole, I don't think it looks as good as it did in the photos from the website. I would rate this outfit a 6-7 out of 10 just because I think with better sizing and a prettier bow it could look a lot nicer.

8. Next up we have, "Patterns you've probably seen in your grandmother's house."

Honestly, I LOVE this romper. I know the doily lace and mustard yellow floral print does make it look like the interior of an old woman's living room, but I'm kinda living for it. It's pretty comfortable and certainly light because of the thin material. The straps are adjustable and pretty soft. For only $15 this one deserves a 9/10. The only thing missing is a better quality material.

9. Back view

10.  This one screams, "I'm a doily, also seen at your grandma's."

This one is intended to be a swim cover-up that is one size fits all and I really like it. It's a bit see-through and the material is a little rough/scratchy, but I think it will look super cute at the beach! This one gets a 9 out of 10 and I will definitely be wearing it this spring break.

11. Back view

12.  Ok and this one is, "Literally just a bed sheet."

This one was my least favorite out of all of the items I purchased. The material was the worst and I just feel like it does not look flattering on me at all. Plus, it's held up by a literal rope which hurts and looks pretty sloppy. I really wished it looked more like the picture because I thought it could be a cute beach dress. I give this a 1/10 because it vaguely looks like what I ordered.

13.  Back view

14.  Finally we have, "Shell yeah this necklace rocks!"

I love this necklace. It's basically just shells tied around a rope-like string, but I think it is really simple and cute. I can totally see myself relaxing on the beach wearing this with the cover-up shown earlier over a swimsuit. This one totally deserves a 10/10!

So is Shein too good to be true? Sometimes. I think it's really hit or miss with these products. Some I really love and some just don't work for me. With that being said, I'm impressed the items were so cheap and 14 days for overseas shipping isn't the worst thing in the world. If you want cheap clothes that will look really cute on (most of the time) and also have a lot of time to wait for them, Shein is the store for you.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.


Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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Buying Bathing Suits Online Is The Worst

Online Shopping isn't for everyone, sadly.


With Spring Break right around the corner, I find myself online shopping more than usual. I would say I'm somewhat an online-shopping connoisseur, meaning I do it CONSTANTLY. However, just because I'm always online shopping doesn't mean I actually buy the clothes I put into my shopping cart; it's fun imagining I have a bottomless wallet, okay! Online shopping can get time-consuming and can lead you down a dark hole -I know this from experience; I often find myself aimlessly staring, scrolling, and clicking for two hours or more. This can become a problem if I have homework or exams to study for, but it's hard to just stop, there are just too many stores and clothes to get through!

One issue that seems to follow me whenever I decide to online shop is picking the right size and PRAYING it'll fit me. Online shopping doesn't give you the liberty of trying on different sizes until you find the right match; instead, it's a guessing game full of anxiety and ultimately regret if it doesn't fit.

I know the feeling of regret way too often, for I'm a very tiny girl who just so happens to have a very large bust, making it extremely hard to pick what size would be most flattering and appropriate. It gets really frustrating when I can't buy some of the things I want due to my body, and gets even more frustrating when I can't buy cheap and cute bathing suits like most girls my age.

Since my body is extremely unproportional, I have to get two different sizes for my bathing suits -a small for the bottom and a large/extra large for the top. However, for some unknown reason, online bathing suit companies decided to only offer their two-piece sets in one size. For example, you can only buy a bathing suit in a size small top and small bottom, medium top and medium bottom, large top, and large bottom, etc. It's ridiculous and unfair to assume that every girl is built to be the same size in her butt and bust!

I know they're just bathing suits, but this issue represents the struggles I have endured my entire life trying to find clothes that flatter my body; I'm constantly wishing I had an easier body-type to dress, not only for comfort but for convenience. It seems small, but I want to be able to buy a cute bathing suit online like all of my friends. However, I won't be granted this luxury until these bathing suit companies realize their sizing is exclusive and unjust.

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