Is Shein Legit? Honest Shein Reviews 2023
Whether you’ve accidentally stumbled upon Shein or have deliberately visited their website, I’m sure you have some unsettling questions that you would love to find answers for. Such as is Shein legit or are they a scam?
I know, because those exact questions popped in my head when I first discovered the retailer and later decided to check them out myself.
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Countless fashion bloggers were doing fashion hauls of their Shein purchases. Additionally, I wanted to see what all the rave was about and why they all seemed to love Shein clothing so much.
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So I put through a test order totalling $130 and you can read all about it here. Everything to know before buying from Shein, what I bought, how they fit and my overall Shein shopping experience.
What Is Shein Clothing?
Shein is a retailer of men, women’s, and children’s clothing and accessories. They are a Chinese-based retailer with warehouses located globally, including the United States.
You can order directly from their website shein.com or if you’re ordering from the US, us.shein.com.
Some of their products are also available on Amazon but there aren’t as many options to choose from when compared to their website.
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Shein website is packed with thousands of products that sometimes it’s possible to find yourself being on there for hours at a time.
Shein is very much LEGIT and they are NOT a scam. Although the prices of some of their clothing and accessories can appear too good to be true.
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In this post, I’ll be answering some of the most common questions about Shein reviews. As well as addressing other concerns you may have about the quality of Shein clothing and whether or not they are reliable.
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Shein Reviews On Website
The reviews on Shein website left by other customers can be super helpful especially those that include pictures showing how the item fits.
Shein reviews also appear to be legit as you can tell they are from real people who purchased in the past.
Before placing my order I was sure to read some of the reviews under each item which gave me an indication of which size I should order.
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Shein Express Shipping Reviews
Since my order totaled $130 I was eligible for FREE express shipping. I placed the order on October 11, 2020, and to my surprise, they were delivered on October 20, 2020. At the time of order, Shein indicated that the estimated delivery date was October 26, 2020.
Even their website says Express Shipping takes 15-30 days but my order arrived quicker than anticipated so I was very pleased about that. Considering that the items were dispatched directly from China. It took only 7 working days which works out to a total of 9 days including the weekend.
So if you need your items to arrive quickly then I strongly suggest that you either pay the extra for express shipping or add items to your cart totalling US$129 so that you automatically qualify for free express shipping.
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Honest Shein Reviews + What I Bought From Shein
Below are snippets and a breakdown of the things I purchased from the Shein Us website. As well as an extensive review of each item I bought from Shein.
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For size reference, I wear a medium or a size US 8 but I bought all the clothing items in large just to be on the safe side.
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Button-Front Drop Shoulder Blouse $15
There are so many ways to wear a white oversized shirt but my favorite way to wear it is as a tie-front cropped shirt or slightly tucked into my jeans. A lot of the Shein reviews for this shirt said that it was a bit see-through.
In my experience, you just need to wear a black or nude bra under it and you’ll be fine. The material is thick and it feels and looks way more expensive than $15.
Shein Star Patch Lace Up Splice Sneakers – $30
These sneakers are better known as the Golden Goose Lookalike Sneakers or Golden Goose dupes. I ordered a size EUR39 which is supposed to be the equivalent to a US size 9.
Generally, I wear US size 8.5 shoes and sometimes 9. However, these sneakers turned out too small for my feet.
Their website said it’s one size smaller but it feels like it’s about 2 sizes smaller on my feet. Which are big gaps from what I normally wear and I am disappointed that I won’t be able to wear them.
79% of the Shein reviews on these sneakers said it’s true to size but to me, it’s way off.
If you are planning to buy these star patch sneakers from Shein I highly suggest that you size up by 1-2 sizes. More so if you plan on wearing socks with them.
The star patch sneakers are one of the best Golden Goose look-alike sneakers and are the go-to choice amongst bloggers and influencers.
Read my full review about the best Golden Goose dupe sneakers below:
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Notched Collar Belted Houndstooth Blazer $25
The next item I bought was this notched collar belted houndstooth blazer for $25 which I bought specifically for work. The material is very thick and it looks way more expensive than the cost.
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It has a rich tweed blazer look and feel, and is perfect to wear during the fall/winter season. The belt gives you a cinched waistline to accentuate your curves.
It has a nice length although it feels a bit cropped, it’s certainly not too short for my 5’3′ body.
What I love most about this houndstooth jacket are its rich colors and the quality of the material used.
I’m wearing large and its true to size but a medium would definitely fit me as well. I just like my clothes loose fitting but if you’re my size get the medium.
Striped Drop Shoulder Tee & Drawstring Shorts Set $14
This pajamas set only cost $14 so I did not expect much but I was really surprised at the good quality. It’s soft, comfortable, and practical to wear at home all day long.
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The material is not thin neither is it too thick, it’s the perfect sleepwear that you can use for all seasons.
Tie-Dye Short Sleeve Tee $9
Tie-dye is trendy right now so I bought this tee because of that. But also to experience what a $9 t-shirt from Shein would be like and again, the material was better than I expected.
It is thin, lighter than a regular cotton t-shirt, has a soft silky feeling to it, and doesn’t feel or look cheap. This tie-dye tee would be great to wear on a hot casual day out.
Lantern Sleeve Shirred Dalmatian Blouse $13
A lightweight white and black statement sleeve dotted blouse that can be worn both to the office or to a daytime event.
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Although this shirt is in a size large it fits like a medium and I was also pleased with the texture and material of this one.
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Button-Front Leopard Cardigan $23
Fall is in the air so I figured why not throw an animal print cardigan in the mix. This leopard print cardigan is cropped but not to the point where my tummy is out. It is soft, comfy and suitable to wear to the office and for an evening out.
The material is nice and thick which makes it great for the cooler months. At the time of purchase, there were no Shein reviews on this sweater so I took a chance on it and I’m not disappointed.
The size I’m wearing is medium and it feels true to size. Honestly, I can’t remember why I ordered this in medium but I would have much preferred a large. Nothing is wrong with it though, I just like my clothes to fit loosely.
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My Overall Experience + Shein Reviews
I can confidently say that I had a great first experience ordering from Shein and will definitely be ordering again. I finally understand why some other fashion bloggers seem to love them.
At first, I was a bit skeptical of the reviews on their website and thought they were probably biased since almost all items have 4-5 star ratings.
But now I completely get it why most people are satisfied with their purchase. As long as you are not expecting too much from Shein clothing, you will be totally fine with the clothing.
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The quality is on par with stores like Forever 21, Zara, and H&M. Even those stores are inconsistent in terms of clothing quality. So if you already shop there then definitely add Shein to your list.
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Tips For Buying From Shein USA
When shopping at Shein USA be guided by your own judgement taking into consideration your regular size, how you like your clothes to fit, as well as the Shein reviews for each item.
What I found really helpful was looking at reviewers who were my size and what size they purchased. Then based on that I knew whether I needed to get the same size, upsize or downsize.
This is what really helped me to get the right sizes I needed, with the exception of the sneakers which I should have paid more attention to before buying.
In case you missed it above, I am a size US 8 which is medium but most times I buy large clothes for a loose fit.
Pay Attention To Shein Sizing Guide
When determining what size to buy, consider your actual size in addition to the sizing chart information and the Shein reviews. Don’t just go off of what you normally wear without checking to see what others have said.
In my experience most of the clothing items I bought were true to size with the exception of the black dotted shirt which fits like a medium when its actually a large.
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Double-check The Materials
Check the material to see whether it has stretch or not, so you would have a better idea of what size to get.
Upgrade To Express Shipping
My order took 1 week to arrive with express shipping so I’ll say its definitely worth upgrading your shipping method if you don’t want to wait long.
Use Coupon Codes
When signing up to Shein for the first time you get about $3 off your first order. I did not realize this until after I placed my order. So before checking out, check your inbox for your discount code.
Shein Clothing On Amazon
If you don’t want to wait a week and pay for express shipping, you can shop Shein clothing on Amazon. The only downside to that is that your choices will be limited as they do not have a large assortment of clothing and accessories on Amazon.
I guess that is one way to encourage persons to order directly from their website. If you just want to quality check a few pieces before committing to a larger purchase then buy from Shein on Amazon.
I also find that Shein clothing on Amazon is not as modern as the ones listed on their own website. Another thing I’ve noticed as well is that the Shein reviews on Amazon are poorly rated. Which is quite the opposite if you look at the reviews on their website directly.
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Benefits Of Shopping From Shein Clothing
- Very affordable prices
- Prompt delivery with express shipping
- Trendy items
- Fairly good quality clothing
- Wide range of products for men, women, and children
- Plus sizes are also available on almost all clothing items
- Free express shipping over US$130
- Lots of Shein reviews with photographs are available on most products
- You can accumulate Shein points and redeem them to shop
Downsides To Shopping On Shein USA
- Sizes may be off a bit for some merchandise
- Standard Shipping may be slow
- Fewer timeless pieces as they cater to manufacturing the latest trends (fast fashion)
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Frequently Asked Questions About Shein Reviews
Is Shein Legit Or A Scam?
Shein is LEGIT, however, the sizes of their items are inconsistent so you have to pay close attention to past reviews.
Although the prices of their website are relatively low, which makes them questionable, they are mostly of good quality.
Where Is Shein Located In The US?
Shein does not have a physical presence in the US. But rather, has design houses and warehouses located around the world including the USA.
Depending on the country you place your order from, the warehouse closest to you will fulfill the order. Or they may very well ship directly from Shenzhen, China where they are located.
Where Does SheIn Ship From?
Shein has warehouses located in the United States, Spain, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Middle East in which they ship from.
However, my order came directly from China and it is possible that most, if not all of the orders they receive, are also fulfilled from China.
What Is Shein Return Policy
Shein has a 30 day return policy in which you can return items that you are not happy with.
You must contact them first and wait for instructions before dropping off your package at your local post office. You also need to inform where you would like to have the money credited.
If they do not receive instructions about where to credit the funds, they will credit it to your SHEIN wallet. Wallet balance can be used on future purchases or can be withdrawn to your payment account.
Returns are normally processed within 5 business days after they have received your package. You will receive a confirmation email once your refund has been issued.
Non returnable or non exchangeable items: bodysuits, lingerie, swimwear, jewelry, beauty and some accessories.
How Long Does Shein Take To Ship?
Shipping time varies according to country, but usually, it takes between 15-30 days for your order to arrive. Plus an additional 1-3 days processing time.
Does Shein Have Free Returns?
Unfortunately, no. You have to bear your own cost for return shipping and handling.
Is Shein True To Size Or Runs Small?
My experience is that most of the prices I got ran true to size, while a few pieces ran smaller.
So I would say that Shein clothing tends to run true to size with a few exceptions.
When it comes to my clothing I usually wear a US medium (8-10). So always I look at the reviewers who look like my size and then check out what size they bought.
For me, that is a key indicator as to the size I should consider buying and whether I need to size up or down.
Is Shein Clothing Good Quality?
Everyone may have a different experience with ordering from Shein but my honest opinion is that Shein clothing quality is good.
Don’t expect to find the best quality of clothing on Shein but in general terms, you will find nice, stylish casual pieces on Shein’s website that’s of really good quality.
Is Shein Reliable?
Yes, Shein is reliable. This answer would have to take many factors into consideration but in general terms, yes they are reliable.
Once you are fully aware of their processing and shipping times and return policies, you should have no problem.
If you buy clothes from Forever21, ASOS, Zara, and H&M, then you would also love Shein clothing.
Is Shein Ethical?
It’s left to be seen or heard about the ethical practices of Shein. Remember this company operates out of China and unless people raise concerns about the wellbeing of employees, then it’s hard to say for sure whether Shein is ethical or unethical.
One could only hope that despite the low pricing consumers pay, Shein is paying fair wages. But the majority of fast fashion brands including large brands, pay their staff extremely low wages.
Is It Safe To Use Credit Cards On Shein?
Yes. But I would recommend that you use PayPal when shopping on Shein, just as a precaution.
How Is Shein Customer Service?
I can’t speak on Shein’s customer service since I didn’t have the need to contact them.
I’ve seen some reviews online about other persons having difficulty to make contact with Shein customer service.
But thankfully I did not have to contact them so I can’t speak on it.
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Conclusion Of Shein Reviews 2023
My experience ordering from Shein was a pleasant one and I was really pleased with the entire process. Although the prices were relatively low so I was happy with the quality of the items.
The pricing and quality is on par with stores like Forever 21, Zara, ASOS, Stradivarius and H&M, just to name a few. So if you already shop at those stores then you will also love shopping at Shein.
My order arrived way sooner than they said it would so I would definitely be buying from Shein. If you are in the market for chic, affordable, and trendy casual clothing and accessories then I highly recommend them.
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Hi! I’m Shevy! I’m the Founder and Managing Editor of Travel Beauty Blog est. 2016. I am also the Founder of Shevy Digital Marketing Agency where I work with new and upcoming entrepreneurs and bloggers.
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