SHEIN: Too good to be true?


Ashley Fisher

SHEIN has been all over TikTok and many other social media platforms lately as people begin to turn to online shopping since stores are closed due to COVID-19. The online clothing store has cute, trendy clothes and jewelry for men, women, and children for a very affordable price. Because of the inexpensive yet trendy items, people wonder if the site is too good to be true. I took a risk and placed an order from this website to answer this question.

SHEIN’s prices are difficult to beat. For $93.79, I was able to buy one pair of shorts, four tops, two dresses, a romper, a bathing suit, two pairs of earrings, and two necklaces. The prices are already low and on top of that, the site constantly has sales as well as deals on shipping. SHEIN’s current sale is $5 off of orders of $59+ and $10 off of orders of $99+. There is also an extra 10% off when you place your first order. Standard shipping is only $3.99 and is free for orders over $49. Express shipping is free for orders over $99.

With these low prices come many questions. Are the clothes really how they’re pictured? Will the items fit right since I can’t try them on before I buy them? Are they high quality? The answer to all questions is an astounding yes.

The first item I added to my cart was a pair of navy and white striped paper bag shorts. They were only $9 and would be perfect to wear with a white top in the summer. I was scared they would look cheap or not be the right size but they are absolutely perfect. They fit perfectly and are super comfortable.

I bought four tops. A white bandeau top, a white off-the-shoulder top, a white twist back top, and a plain grey t-shirt. White tops can be slightly scary to buy online with the fear of them being see-through. None of the tops I bought were see-through but instead were all very comfortable, soft, and so cute. They can all be easily dressed up or down and the bandeau and off the shoulder tops would be perfect with the shorts linked above.

Cute sundresses and rompers for the summer at an affordable price can be very hard to find, but SHEIN is the perfect place to look. First I found a flowy white dress with Dalmatian like dots and tie-up straps. It was a little shorter than I expected but definitely still manageable and appropriate and super cute. The other sundress I bought is my new favorite thing ever. It is flowy and navy blue with a floral design. It is the perfect length and would be great for a day at the beach or out to dinner during summer vacation. The romper I purchased has a tieback halter neck with light blue and white stripes. It is a little see-through but still very stylish and can easily be dressed up or down.

Finally is the bathing suit and jewelry. SHEIN has thousands of bathing suits to choose from and it was almost impossible to pick just one. I ended up purchasing a very cute light blue bathing suit set for only $9. I was scared about the quality for how cheap it is for a set, but it is very high quality and is perfect for any day at the beach, pool, or lake. The jewelry is also all beautiful and trendy and looks exactly like the picture, which can be rare when you find jewelry for a cheap price. The necklaces and earrings seem to be decent quality, but I definitely would not do anything too crazy while wearing any of it because $1 jewelry can only withstand so much.

To put the cherry on top, SHEIN’s shipping is fast and very professional. I placed my order on March 28 and received it on April 13. I was scheduled to receive the package on April 7 but shipping was slightly backed up due to USPS and their coronavirus precautions so the delay had nothing to do with SHEIN or something they did incorrectly. Even though this delay was not their fault, they still sent me an email to apologize and rewarded me with 300 rewards points. All of the items came in recyclable and reusable bags, adding even more value to this too good to be true site.

Overall, SHEIN surpassed my expectations. They have trendy and stylish clothes in many different styles to choose from, all for an affordable price. Everything bought was good quality and I even had a good experience with shipping. If you haven’t already, go to and I promise you will not regret it!