I'm continuing my conversation about how to shop at SHEIN. I want to remind you that if you have not already, start at Part 1. It goes into you should probably realize before stepping foot onto the website. I fully believe in preparation before you dive in. It's now time to dive into Part 2.
PAY ATTENTION TO MATERIAL
No really. Pay attention to the material description. Many fast fashion websites use very thin materials for a lot of their fashion. So if you see them saying it has no give, see-through, thin, be aware of this fact. Also pay attention to close ups of the models. You will see the lighting in the picture sometimes makes the materials thin looking. I wouldn't take a chance on very thin material. I tried to ignore the thin material red flags on the product page, and I paid for it. Luckily SHEIN has a very great return policy for those of you who live in the US.
USE THAT COMMENT SECTION
Understand that the comment section is not regulated. That means everyone's opinion is put on as is. Especially bad comments. Look into the comment sections for women to share their unfiltered opinions. You can really find some great tips. You might even find me Chiming in once or twice. I sauggest organizing the comments with pictures first. There are many different body types. So if you can find someone who commented with a picture that has a similar body type as yours, you struck gold. As a plus-size woman I've noticed that many more plus size women like myself are in the comments saying if it's plus size approved or not. These are not plus size women who are size 12-14. In fact I look out for one woman who is a size 26.She is able to tell you how it looks on a body with a large belly over the size of 24. There are more of those women popping up and I appreciate it.. Also think about always leaving comments with pictures on the product page. Not only will you be helping someone else, but you will also earn points that can be applied for discounts to purchase Don't overlook this part it really does make a difference.
WORK THE POINT SYSTEM
Shein.com has a simplistic point system. Each dollar you spend is worth 1 point. Once you receive your items, you will receive the opportunity to earn more points. If you go into your orders and click review, you can review each piece for up to 30 points, if you include pictures. I suggest again to take pictures of the product if you can. If it does not fit, you can post a picture of it hanging on a hanger to show the material. That will still be accepted. So let’s break it down.
If you buy 10 pieces that cost around $89, you receive 89 points at the point of sale. Once you receive the items, you can receive an additional 300 points for every review and upload photos. That would give you a potential total of 389 points or $3.89 off your next purchase. If you plan on being a regular shopper here, those points add up very fast. Check out the system here for a breakdown of how that point system works.
TREAT THE PRODUCT PAGE LIKE A RESEARCH PAGE
One of the most important pieces of information is to pay attention to the product page. It will always tell you whether the piece has stretch or not. It will also tell you the material makeup of the product. It will also now tell you the size and height of the model. All of this information will give you a better understanding of how it would look on you. Most of the models are at least 6 to 10 in taller than I am. I know it may work its way evenly on my body. Because I have a shorter, wider frame, the material will hike up. So keeping that in mind I go for longer skirts or dresses. I have a shorter torso so I know if I want to turn a piece into a crop top, it has to be longer. It's little things like this that allow me to navigate past those really cute but not for me pieces.
Understand and embrace the natural contours of your body. Trying to work against it will have you frustrated and upset that something did not work out. Your body has clear proportions and clear characteristics. They are not going to be the same as the ones in the picture. All the more reason for you to pay attention to the product page. It's going to be in the details. It will tell you the percentages and if it stretches. For me stretch is very important. So if a piece already looks a little snug and I see it in the description box that it has little to no stretch, I promptly pass. If you want a piece that bad, just wait a while. It will come back in some variation and you can have it the way that you want it.