How to shop at SHEIN Pt.1 | Shopping tips

In recent years, Shein.com has become one of the more prominent sources of fast fashion. But with the popularity also comes skepticism. We have all seen the horror stories of people buying one thing and receiving something quite different. But I am a Shein pro.. I have been shopping with them for about five years at this point and I can tell what to do and avoid some of the pitfalls I fell for when I first started shopping. 


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Open front Plaid coat

HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

One of the best tips I can give you is to actually be realistic about the fast fashion that you ordered. Fast-fashion does not mean low quality but it does mean that they are trendy pieces that were only meant to be offered for one or maybe two seasons. For this reason, you're not going to get the same craftsmanship in this piece as you're going to get into maybe a luxury piece. It doesn't mean that you can't find great quality. It does that you just have to adjust your expectations. 

The pictures used are sometimes of models with great lighting who have no body fat. As a plus size woman I don't expect it to look the same on me. In fact, I'm banking on it looking nothing like it does when the model. It may seem counterproductive, but it's not. I know I have a different body type than most of the models on that website. I also know that I'm larger than the plus size models. It's just to give me a framework of how the pieces cut and framed. 

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KNOW THEIR RETURN POLICY WELL

Shein.com has one of the best and easiest return policies of any website that I have shopped on. It's part of the reason why I trust them enough to take a chance on some of the pieces. If you live in the United States, on your order page you simply mark pieces that you want to return.  You'll detail if they're too big/small or did not fit quite right. Then in about 24 hours you will be sent a postage stamp. You print it off and put it on the package. You only have to leave your home to ship it off or have it scheduled for pick up. It wast about a week on average for me to receive a refund. 





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STUDY SIZING CHARTS ON EACH PRODUCT PAGE

Understand that sizing systems are a place where expectations will never be met. It has no reflection on you. The number in the tag is irrelevant. The only reason for reference to the sizing chart is knowing where your measurements come in handy. 

It is very easy to become confused with shopping for your “size”. Accept this fact to be true-- while shopping on SheIn, the size that you usually order rarely matters when shopping on this website. One size XL will be another piece’s 5xl. I have over 20 pieces from SheIn and maybe 4  of them have the same size. I usually have to go to the largest size offered anyway, so I don't care what the tag says. I care how it fits.

 You are proving nothing to yourself trying to stick to your usual XL. Sometimes you will be a 5xl sometimes you will be a large. It depends on the cut of the piece and your measurements. That is why I always advise going according to your body's natural measurements. This is the waist, bust, and hip measurements. Use these numbers to navigate the sizing chart of each piece you want to buy. You can't just go off of one piece and then think that's a one-size-fit-all sizing for everything. Each page has a different sizing chart. Be mindful of this, and you succeed more often than not. 



This is just part 1. Part 2 that I'm covering next week on the blog is going deeper into details about the pieces themselves. There are so many tools you can use I still have issues from time to time. But extremely low percentage. Stay tuned for next week's tips so that you can become an expert at shopping best websites. 


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Series | 10 Websites for the Plus Size Stylista | Vol.1: Shoes

The complaint from many of the plus size women I speak with are the same-- There is no place to shop for the plus-size woman. Not only is that not true, that is completely untrue. The true problem is that many plus size women don't like to shop online. But here's a secret: Every place that you could think catering to plus-size women are primarily online.

Gone are the days of the brick-and-mortar experience being the only way to find pieces that fit your taste and your personal style. I talked about the benefits of shopping online in a previous article. The gist of it all was that you get to shop in your pajamas, better return policies and more options than you can ever find in your local mall or shopping center. Not everyone lives in a big town and not everyone has access to these big stores. Many plus-size sections are not even in stores and or are relegated to a corner with selections that are the 10 seasons old. You don't have to settle. You do have to accept that many of your options are online. So what better way to show you then to share a few of the hundred websites that I have found in my time styling plus size women. Today we start with shoes size 10+. I share 10 of my favorite finds below. 

  1. Long Tall Sally

Longtallsally.com

  • Sizes 4-20

  • Great for finding special sized shoes

  • For the tall stylista

  • Up to size 15 in shoes 

What I love about this site is that it offers more than the everyday shoe. No longer are you relegated to only blacks and browns. You have the option of different patterns, textures and styles of shoe that everyone can wear up to a size 15. They have revamped their pricing system, options, and check out process making it easier and a better experience for everyone. 

2. Crispin shoes

Crispinshoes.com ($$$-$$$$$)

  • Luxury footwear for larger feet

  • Sizes 10-13.5 shoes

  • For the stylista who wants some spice in her footwear

  • London based

3. Sinful Dreamz Shoes

Sinfulshoes.com

  • Sexy heels and boots for the stylista who wants some fun

  • Heels from 3”-8” +

  • Goes up to Size 16 shoes

These are no ordinary shoes. These shoes are sky-high. Most of them are patent leather. They are not for the faint of heart (or ankle). What size is going up to 16, you can be sure to find your favorite shoe.

4. Staavias ($$$)

Staavias.com

  • Quirky, funky  shoes for larger feet

  • Size 10- 14

  • Payment plans available 

  • Review on most products from other customers

5. Eileen Fischer

eileenfischer.com

  • Great for the minimal fashionista who likes black and looser fits

  • Size 0-24 W

  • Also sells shoes up to 12 and accessories

6. Shoe Mall ($$)

Shoemall.com

  • Up to Size 15 shoes 

  • Free shipping

7. Samanta Shoes ($$)

Samantashoes.com

  • Up to size 15

  • Free shipping in US

8. Lonia Shoes ($$-$$$)

Loniashoes.com

  • Sign up and receive 25% off

  • Up to size 15

This is the source for the Divas shoe. They have bold colors, multiple styles and anything else to fit your fabulous needs. What I love most about this site is not only the sizing, but also the variety of styles. They make sure that size is not an indicator of options. 

9. J. Renee ($$-$$$)

Jrenee.com

  • Up to size 15

  • Sign up and receive 25%

10. Elanor Anukam ($$-$$$)

Elanoranukam.com

  • Luxury footwear

  • Up to size 13


These are just 10 of the 25 websites in volume one of my website series. You can grab your copy here and get more fabulous places to shop. Let me know what type of websites you want me to share. Volume 2 is already underway.

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