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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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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Top Basics for any wardrobe | Style tips

It’s hard to know what’s stylish with the ever changing trends coming by the flood every season. But having a strong style is knowing how timeless looks that are constant, no matter what trends are hot now. Throughout my own journey, I have found a few pieces that have stood the test of time, fashion and my ever changing tastes.


  1. Little black dress/ jumpsuit

A classic is a classic for a reason, right? I thin it’s time to update this classic to fit every need. The dress doesn’t have to be sleeveless. I personally don’t like my arms out at all if I can. Try a LBD with mesh sleeves or another print on the sleeves all together. Try one that plays with the neck line. Try a twisted or bardot neckline to give an updated vintage feel. Or go without the dress at all.

2. Jumpsuit

Many women don’t like dresses, but it doesn’t mean you go without a classic look. The jumpsuit has been reinvented many times over the past 100 years. That means it has staying and playing power. Try a nice textured jumpsuit or one with a high collar for a little added drama. Play up the new standard with a Peterpan collar. This is perfect for the stylista that likes her knees covered without a dress.

3. Print shoe

Let me make a case for the print shoe as a new classic. There are many tastes that are minimal and simplistic in nature. There are many that are not. Where all styles can be celebrated is footwear. No matter the size or taste, a print shoe can provide the pop a print can give without it taking over the look. A print can be as simple as a small stripe or as complex as a mixed print pattern. The shoe can make that simple jumpsuit or dress festive with little to no extra work. I also consider a textured she the equivalent of a print because of the contrast.

4. White shirt dress

This is an all in one piece for all seasons. You can wear it as a dress, cardigan, layering top, or underneath a sweater. It’s the ultimate piece or your wardrobe for the versatility alone. You should also never underestimate the clean look of a crisp white piece in your closet It truly goes a long way.


My top 4 basics will have your wardrobe luxe in no time. Even putting those four pieces together will yield you at least 5 distinct looks that are timeless and effortless. Do you have a favorite piece? Are any of these pieces in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!

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EGCTV #001: Shein.com Haul

Emerald Girl Chronicles is officially on IGTV! I took it upon myself to celebrate by sharing a haul of cute pieces I picked up from shein.com. Keep scrolling to see thew video haul, links to the items and some tips on how to care for the items. Dig in! 

 
 

 

DRESSES

 

Both of these dresses are great "grab and go" pieces for when you're running errands from day to day. The geometric sheath dress works well for virtually every body type and is easily customizable to to your shape with a short trip to a tailor.

 

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TOPS

 

Both of these tops contain hardware on them hooch means one thing: extra laundry care. To lengthen the shelf life of the tops, take it to the dry cleaners. Not only will the color stay crisper for longer, but the hardware will not tarnish. If something falls off, they may even be able to reconnect hardware. 

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DUSTERS

Both of these dusters are great starter pieces if you are new to shopping Asian based websites as a plus size woman. Since they are made to lay open and be free flowing, it can easily accommodate 

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Which piece was your favorite? Don't forget to follow EGC on Instagram to stay up to date with the latest and greatest in Plus Size style! 

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Blazing the office: Top blazer/Cardigan picks for workwear

When most women think office wear, they think stiff grey and black pants suits with lots of structure and scants of style. No ma'am ! You can have your own version of a power suit everyday and still be effortless chic. To prove that, we start at the pillar of office wear-- The blazer. It's a staple that is almost a non negotiable part of the office standard. Instead of falling into the same blasé blazer routine, take a few of my current fave finds and spice your Fall office wear with style. Keep scrolling for links.  

 

Old Navy

Pyramid Collection

The first way to break out of the Blazer rut is to change up the color. Call me biased, but green is a great alternative color to blue, black and grey. If you don't want to venture out into hues too bright, opt for an olive or deep green. Each of these picks offer a casual chic touch that can still be dressed up with a crips button up and slacks. 

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Asos

If you are more of a classic grey and black ind of women, no worries. You can still switch it up without much work. Opt for classic prints like grid patterns or a different texture. The smallest changes can add the biggest punch. All of the options offer another new twist--length. Let go of the options that hit you at the hips. For many body types it creates a stumpy look and quickly becomes unflattering. The new standard is all about long silhouettes that draw to longer lines  and a more polished look. Perfect for on or off the clock .

 

Romans

Which piece from the group is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and grab any one of these today. 

 

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WHY A DRESS IS YOUR BEST LAYERING PIECE | STYLE ADVICE

At this point, I have a closet full of dresses. More specifically short, sleeveless dress. With my style going through yet another change, I am incorporating more dresses into my eclectic style. It brought something to my attention-- many people don't layer their dresses like their pants and skirts. I think it's the best thing you can do for your closet. 

 

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I think of it pretty logically. A dress is a shirt skirt combo. It should be treated by such. Once you think of it as pieces of a unit instead of a complete unit, you style as wanted. . I will focus on this very technique with another installment of 3 Ways to Slay very soon.  

 

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You must think outside of the box when it comes to your style. An article of clothing does not have to have only one  purpose. Most of the clothes you wear can be repurposed, or used for different looks. It simply takes creativity and personality. Once you think of each article as a piece of a look instead of a complete look, you open up the possibilities for a signature style. But it starts with you.

When you get dressed tomorrow, ask yourself how you can style that a line dress a little differently. A top noted at the side? A tunic? A circle skirt? Try it out once this week and tell me in the comments.

If you find yourself still stuck and uninspired, you may need a detox. Sometimes we face lots of "noise" in our closets-- pieces you don't like, that don't like you and that you never wear. That's why I created my Wardrobe Detox. It's a series of masterclasses that help get rid of the mess and allow you to only wear your best. You can find more details here and sign up. Your closet will thank you. 

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"Basic" clothes feat. Eloquii | 3 Ways to Slay

The word basic has taken on a few negative connotations in the last few years. One of its implications is that its underwhelming. I believe the definition needs to be redefined. Basic for me is equivalent to essential. Essential pieces are building blocks to crafted a style all your own. Style is all about balance. Overstated paired with understated; bright and bold with muted and classic. Balance comes in opposites. To prove this point I'm releasing another installment of 3 ways to slay centered around a "basic" top. This particular top comes from JC Penny and it is definitely an affordable essential. The 3 looks include pieces from Eloquii to show you how to combine trendy with basics. Eloquii is fast becoming the go to store for trendy chic womenswear. The three looks highlight Eloquii with my "basic" clothing option to give you the idea of how to maximize the style potential of basics.  Remember-- Balance is key. Keep scrolling for outfit details.

Chambray button up: Old Navy (similar) | Skirt: Eloquii (Similar)

I love to take flashy trendy items and "dress them down". The basic top and the chambray make the skirt more casual. It's the perfect way to spice up everyday wear without giving up trends or one's personal style. If I want a little more fun, tie the button up like a crop top. It makes the look just a bit more flirty. If you want to switch up more, change shoes.  What a difference a shoe makes, right?

Skirt: Eloquii (Similar) | Necklace: Beads.us

The pencil skirt is a classic cut. I opted for this vibrant green to pair with the basic top. It's still classic but in an atypical color. My tip for this look is to try orange, green or lighter shades of purple skirts if you can find it. It will breathe new life into your basics and spark some creativity in your daily choices.  You know I'm a sucker for a statement necklace, so I chose smartly. I used lighter shades of green and blue to add a pop of color on top of color. It's the easiest way to break up monotony in a color block look if you need more. 

Pants: Eloquii | Poncho: Eloquii (Similar)

The best thing about a poncho is that it covers like a jacket and is free like a scarf. I love its flexibility. The only downside is that it may move as much as you do and fall off. I simply put a thin tie around it at my waist. It not only helps the poncho stay stationary, but its also a extra detail that ties your look together.

Hopefully each look inspires you to put more faith into your basics by incorporating them more and more into your looks. 

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