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How to Shop for Quality Clothing at SheIn & Romwe: 10 Hacks

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

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SheIn is definitely one of my favorite online stores to hunt for affordable elegant fashion. But man, is it HARD to do. While some of my finds on this website are my absolute favorites its always a time-consuming hassle to sift through pages and pages of music festival looks and neon spandex to find the rare diamond in the rough that makes me look like a million dollars without actually spending a million dollars.




If like me, you want to find affordable clothing that LOOKS more expensive than they actually are, I’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you shop SheIn like a pro.


Haven't shopped SheIn or Romwe? Want a 10% off promo code? Check them out using my code here.


01. Filter by category


Filter by whatever it is you’re shopping for. A skirt, a Sweater, a T-shirt, a Dress etc..

I filtered by "women - tops" below and found a whopping 995 products. Way too much stock to go through so continue filtering in step #2.





02. Filter by Material

We need to keep narrowing down those results. This is a list of the more expensive looking fabrics available on SheIn and Romwe. There may be more but these are the ones I usually filter to ensure some level of quality.


*Note: Polyester is a tricky fabric it can either look very expensive (depending on the fit) or very cheap.




03. Filter by color


You filtered by category and fabric so now choose the colors that tend to look more elegant.

Ie; Neutrals, Black, White, Pastels.


Also, keep in mind you want to dress according to your skin undertones.

Find your skin undertone here.


This narrows my search to 24 tops in the material selected in only the colors that really fit into my wardrobe.



04. Know your measurements


SheIn’s sizing guide varies for every single piece of clothing so you won't always be a Medium. With this in mind, have measuring tape handy so you can verify your measurements when shopping at SheIn.


Related: How to Always Look Put Together

05. Read the reviews and zoom into those pictures


The devil is in the details. You can tell if a product will look cheap by looking at the details:


  • Where the seams are placed and how straight they are.

  • Misaligned prints

  • Closures: Crooked zippers vs invisible zippers

  • Uneven stitching

  • Raw edges

  • Crooked hemline

  • How sheer the material is

  • Cheap plastic buttons

  • No lining


Here's an example:

The belts pictured below are both SheIn and both cost around $6.


  • Belt A looks like it costs more than $6.

  • Belt B looks like a $6 cheap belt that will fall apart soon.


It's all about educating the eye to look at things in detail!



06. Know what you're in for and be prepared for alterations


SheIn is mainly a low-quality fast fashion brand so KNOW that you're not going to get long-lasting pieces but rather pieces that look better than what they cost. I can live with that for the price. Besides, sometimes all you need to do to make your little cheap blazer look more polished is to switch out the buttons or take a little stitch somewhere. Styling can work miracles too.


Some of the categories with better quality here include Earrings, belts, and scarves.

Mine are all in perfect condition after a TON of wear.




07. Save with Honey and get cashback with Rakuten


Sometimes SheIn displays promo codes on the homepage, but most of the time I use Honey. Honey is a wonderful website that's free to join and automatically tries promo codes for you at checkout and then chooses the best one for you.


Honey has a TON of SheIn promo codes! get Honey here.


Rakuten is also a free website that gives you Cashback just for using their links to stores then send you a check in the mail.

Get Rakuten here.


Rakuten usually provides 5-8% (cashback) at SheIn. (*% varies)

08. Be on the lookout for designer-inspired products


SheIn is notorious for not only bringing luxury designer inspired styles but also Zara, Mango, Reformation inspired styles just to name a few.

here are a few examples:


VALENTINO ROCKSTUD SANDALS vs SheIn VALENTINO INSPIRED SANDALS

CARTIER JUSTE UN CLEU RING vs SheIn CARTIER INSPIRED RING

SCHUTZ ARIELLA SANDAL vs SheIn SCHUTZ INSPIRED SANDAL


09. Use SHEIN points


SheIn awards you $0.01 for every point you earn shopping and interacting on the site or the app.


How do you get points:

  • Updating your profile

  • Purchases

  • Reviews

  • Picture uploads


I usually have another $2.00 taken off my purchase using my points.


Sign up to start accumulating points here.



10. Pay $2.99 for return insurance


In case all goes wrong with your shopping trip, purchase return insurance so you can easily make free returns if you need to, SheIn will provide the shipping label. If you don't purchase this insurance your return shipping fees may be as expensive as your item.


11. Download the Shein app and follow:

#SHEIN and #SHEINGALS on social media


Downloading the SheIn app and following their hashtags on social media allows you to get points, participate in contests, discover new items, and receive alerts for flash sales.

Download the app here.


BONUS

If you don't have time to go through SheIn in detail. Check out our pre-selected elegant SheIn items here.


And follow our Elegant + Affordable board on Pinterest for even more finds from affordable retailers.



Related: Where to shop for quality basics


Haven't shopped SheIn? Want a 10% off promo code? Check them out using my code here.


Have any other tips/hacks for shopping SheIn?


Comment below!


XO



TFR

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