Wednesday, September 2, 2015

5 Tips for SheIn Sizing

tips for how to find the right size at SheIn
I've been fortunate to try out a few items from SheIn. If you aren't familiar with SheIn, it's a clothing website based out of China. It sells trendy, inexpensive clothing. But since it is based out of Asia, the sizing can be off. I have learned a few tips for ensuring if you place an order, you end up with an adorable addition to your closet that fits perfectly!

houndstooth dress, black heels, black tote
original post | Dress-c/o SheIn (exact
1. Whatever size you think you are-forget it!
This isn't vanity sizing people. Count on ordering a size or two up from what you typically do. Don't think about it. You didn't actually gain weight. It's just the way it is.

blue white china print dress, wedges, Clare V. clutch, tassel necklace
original post | Dress-c/o SheIn (exact)
2. Measure. Then measure again.
There are measurements for each garment and the measurements for the difference sizes available. Don't assume you know your measurements. Actually get out the tape measure it against your body. Will there be enough room in the waist, chest, and shoulders? What will the length be on you?

navy floral skirt, cream sequin top, Clare V. clutch, nude heels
original post | Skirt-c/o SheIn (exact) 
3. Measure your own clothing. Then compare.
Sometimes a tape measure doesn't give you the best idea of fit. If you really want to be sure, measure a piece of clothing you own that is similar to the piece you are ordering. For example, I like my dresses to be a certain length. I know which dress in my closet is the shortest, but I can still wear comfortably. I measure that dress and compare it to the measurements on SheIn to decide if I should get the item.

white floral tee length dress, red Dooney Burke bag, teal heels
original post | Dress-c/o SheIn (exact

4. Look for popular items.
SheIn allows buyers to upload pictures of themselves in the piece of clothing. You can find them below the details of the piece, but above the comments. They are incredibly helpful for determining fit of an item. The more you see of the item on other people, the better idea of fit and sizing you have. I have found the more photos generally means it's a good purchase because so many people have purchased it and liked it enough to upload a photo of themselves in it!

embroidered white maxi dress, denim jacket, gold sandals
original post | Dress-c/o SheIn (exact)

5. Read the comments.
Some of the comments on items are useless (e.g. "I love this item and want to buy"). However, some are very helpful. Users can input their height, weight, chest size, etc. I read the comments and see what size others purchased and if it worked out or not. I try to find several people similar in size to me to get a consensus so I know if the item runs large, small, or true to size.

navy floral dress, pinstripe top, Clare V. clutch, pink heels
original post | Skirt-c/oSheIn (exact

I hope all these tips from my experiences will help you to have a successful shopping experience! I know for a long time I was nervous to buy because returns are always a hassle and I was so unsure about the whole sizing issue. Do you have any other tips? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I didn't realize so many of your looks were from SheIn. The tip about measuring your own similar clothing is spot on - never thought of that!

  2. Great tips Claire! I just love that floral midi skirt you are wearing. :)

  3. I have several pieces from Shein but have stayed away from certain things because I was unsure of the sizing. Thanks for sharing your tips!

    Doused In Pink

  4. You have a lot of great looks from SheIn! I didn't realize the sizing could be so different with them. If I ever order from them, I will have to come back to this post! I am taller (5'7), so I am sure that would make a difference too from ordering from a site in China.


  5. Great tips on really any online shopping!! The measuring your body seems obvious, but I bet most people don't do it (I actually have a tape measure by my computer, just for this purpose). And measuring the clothes you already own is brilliant...thanks!! jodie

  6. these are great tips! I have received a few items and they have unfortunately never worked out for me :( I'm glad you have had more success - I love your looks!

  7. I find everything SO TINY there haha! But if you can hammer down the right size the stuff is awesome.

  8. Girl these looks are simply fab! I have admired a lot of things from that sight but haven't purchased anything as of yet. This post has helped seal the deal for me! Love!

  9. Good tips! i agree with them all. You look great in everything too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. I needed this so badly! I did get the right size once though!

  11. These are good tips! I'm usually pretty good with sizes and checking the fit, but I had a bad experience recently where I didn't check the LENGTH of the dresses, haha. Usually length isn't an issue as I'm petite so everything even mini dresses, are a nice length on me. But not from these kinds of sites..oops! I have a post coming soon about how to wear too-short dresses if you're silly like me and they fit your waist and bust so I don't feel like measuring one of your dresses to compare the length!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  12. I have been tempted to buy from these Asian websites but reluctant because not only of sizing but quality as well. These are some great tips to help with ordering.


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  13. Great tips! Ugh I gate it when I think I know my size and then it dimes and it's too small!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  14. So helpful, lady! I definitely use the galleries of real girls + bloggers wearing the piece in question as a guide! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  15. #4 is my biggest help when I'm shopping on there!! Especially if I see other bloggers I know! That helps a ton :) Great tips!

  16. I completely agree! I use my tape measure for any site I buy clothes from. It is just more helpful! Great post! I agree with the comment section for shein it can be helpful and it can also be a lot of white noise. lol.

  17. Thanks for the tips! I usually try to measure my own similar pieces to see if the numbers match up. Looks like you've ended up with a lot of really great pieces from SheIn!
    Chic on the Cheap

  18. excellent points, one of the largest hurdles I had to get over was ordering sizes I never ever thought I would order. The checking measurements is so critical because I have ordered a medium that was perfect and then an XL that was to small, their size charts are a great tool though. ( I wanted that houndstooth dress you wore but sadly even their large would not make it around the chest.... the down side of maturity, thicker in spots LOL)

  19. Love this post, so helpful and thank you for sharing it with us!

    From Jing at

  20. I am so glad you did this because I definitely want to try SheIn. They have beautiful and trendy clothes and for a small price. Your tips are so helpful, especially the one about photos uploaded from other buyers - I did not know that. You own gorgeous dresses and a skirt from them!

  21. I found this post and I love it! Love these tips from #1 to #5 :) Thanks!

  22. What size i order from shien my us size is 12-14
    L size

  23. The stuff if pure junk....and way too's all going back