Top tips toshop from Chinese fashion websites? SheIn, ROMWE, Amiclubwear, Choies, Rosegal, Oasap, Boohoo…
As you know my closet is very eclectic and I always try to find the best deals when I shop, without compromising on quality nor style.
Those last years we witnessed the rise of Chinese clothing websites, all over the world. Such as SheIn, ROMWE, Amiclubwear, Choies, Rosegal, Oasap, Boohoo… They offer a huge selection of street style-inspired pieces at very affordable prices, with extra bonuses programs that makes them even more of a steal. They are also known for their aggressive online advertising especially on Facebook (annoying ads? Anyone?).
While the design and the product pictures are pretty decent, the quality and the shape of the actual items you receive may differ. Expect long deliveries as well, since everything is shipped from China, and for free most of the time, so probably through the very basic post mail service.
Honestly, I find their quality very similar to brands that are two times more expensive like: Pimkie, Stradivarius, Shana… especially when you add the bonus program points and the mega discount I am offering you today 🙂
Here are my tips to make the most of those websites.
How to shop from Chinese fashion websites?
SheIn, ROMWE, Amiclubwear, Choies, Rosegal, Oasap, Boohoo…
- Supersize it: Asian sizes are smaller than European or American sizes. If your wear a Small go for a Medium, if you want a lose fit go for the biggest size available.
- Measurements: They always put the exact measurements of each item: waist, shoulder, hips, arms… So if you have the patience to measure, you can predict exactly how the item would fit #aintnobodygottimeforthat They often put the model measurements as well and the size she wears as a point of comparison
- Prefer the one sized items like cardigans, kimonos, scarves, lose fit clothes…
- Avoid the oddly cheap items, a sweater at 4 USD for example will for sure be disappointing. The fabric would be thin or the shape weirdly cropped…
- Pictures: Prefer the item shown on a human model to have an exact idea of the shape and the form of the item
- Colours: If you buy dresses or flowy tops, prefer dark colours. White and pastels are usually sheer, while it can be okay for a top it can be catastrophic for a dress. Unless you can clearly see an extra layer of fabric underneath.
- Read the comments: it’s up to your good judgment to select non biased comments and sum up the good and the bad
- Risk: Choose the deals that are interesting enough for you to take a risk. Honestly, up until now following those guidelines I always had what I expected.
What to buy in the Chinese fashion websites?
- One sized casual coats and cardigans for the week-end. I was pleasantly surprised with my coat from Shein, I literally live in it during the weekends and when I travel.
- Ephemeral fashion trends that I want to try and don’t to want to invest in.
- Sweatshirts and jumpers.
- Summer wear and light fabric clothes: dresses, shorts, rompers, kimonos…
- Accessories: Statement trendy jewellery, hats, gloves, keychains…
- Designer bags and belts lookalikes like the Chloé Faye here
- Party dresses: sequin and funky dresses that I would wear once
What not to buy in the Chinese fashion websites?
- Shoes: two words, comfort and smell (exception made for open sandals)
- Jeans, and pants in general (except Palazzo pants or casual lounging pants): I have a hard time finding the right shape of pants even with high-end brands, I can’t imagine how it would be with entry-level items. I must have a weird shape 😀
- Shirts: a shirt needs to be perfectly cut to look chic and stylish. It’s another key “try-before-you-buy” piece.
- Structured fit cuts: especially in jumpsuits, tops and pants
- Blazers: Try-before-you-buy
- Blouses and tunics: they should be made out of a good fabric to have the flowy chic or silky effect.
- Basics: I prefer invest in the basics and timeless pieces and get the ephemeral trends or bold colours in the affordable stores