Top 5 Tips for Successful Shopping on Shein (What you Need to Know!)

January 4, 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+ Shein

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Now, I’m not telling you guys these things to deter you from placing an order, I’m just trying to be as transparent as possible so that you understand what you’re getting into. Today I’m sharing my Top 5 Tips for Successful Shopping on Shein, and how to have a great shopping experience at this budget-friendly, amazing store.

1) Check the Sizing Measurements

This is VERY important. In my experience, clothes from Shein run small. While this isn’t true across the board, 90% of the time I have found this to be the case. This is why checking the sizing is important. When you hover over a certain size on the page of the item you’re interested in, measurements come up. In this case, I’m not saying you have to measure yourself every time, I would just check measurements you’re familiar with. For example, if I know a Medium is regularly a 28-inch waist and I see that on Shein, a Medium is a 25-inch waist, I know to size up.

For reference: I am almost always a Medium everywhere and a 6-8. At Shein, I regularly order a Large just to be safe. Sometimes I will stick with my regular M size after checking the sizing measurements, but most times I size up and I find their pieces to fit snug. You can also view their size chart: here.

2) Read the Reviews

One of the best things about Shein is that they allow their customers to provide reviews. This is great since it provides real, candid thoughts from people who already own the item you’re looking to purchase. Often times, reviewers leave photos of what the item looks like on, and provide sizing info for others looking to buy. I can’t tell you how many times reading the reviews have made or broken a sale for me. Sometimes seeing a piece on someone else is so helpful and makes you want to purchase, and other times if I see too many negative reviews I’ll move on from that item.

3) Buy the Shipping Insurance

When you go to check out at, there is an option to add on shipping insurance for $2.99. This allows you to return items for free, no questions asked. This always makes me feel a lot better when I make a big order of 10 or so pieces. I love knowing that even if half don’t suit me, I can send them back quick and easily for a full refund. Shipping info can be found: here.

4) Read the Description of the Item

There are 3 important things to look for here. The Fit Type, Details, and Fabric.

5) Look for Promo Codes

As if Shein isn’t already cheap enough, there are almost always promo codes floating around! I often find them on Zmails, and by simply doing a google search for “Shein promo codes”. I also use the app Honey, which automatically applies every promo code to your cart and determines if they are applicable.

That’s a wrap!

Those are the top 5 tips I use each and every time when shopping on I hope these tips are helpful for you guys when ordering, and feel free to let me know if you have any further questions! I would also love it if any of you have ordered from Shein if you could share your experience in the comments! I think it helps us all to have a little perspective from others.

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