I ended up deciding to purchase an item, going with this gorgeous Blue Short Sleeve Floral Print dress. Go ahead, take a look:
After I read the reviews, my heart sank. Shipping was apparently bad. The quality of their dresses is supposedly crappy. It is made in China and all very hit and miss.
Firstly, I will say the shipping wasn't bad. I perused the site around the 22nd of May and received my item from China to the UK on May 31st which is pretty good. I've recently shipped some items to Colombia and it was estimated to take up to a month, so this is impressive, especially when the shipping is free.
The prices were hard to beat. They kept giving me discount after discount until the total order of my dress was around $19 USD. For something this cheap, I wasn't expecting a lot. Sometimes if you don't have expectations, you just won't be disappointed. In the long run, I was glad I had that mentality, because when it arrived, it was obvious why the frock only cost about $19. Likely, it really cost about $2 to make if the site is turning any kind of profit on this.
My first impression of the dress was that the material was terrible. I have this weird thing about cheap feeling material, particularly those that are pure polyester. This one is supposedly made of chiffon, but it feels like the $3 fabric my mom used to make me a princess costume when I was four years old. I thought it felt funky then, and I'm not likely to wear something like that by choice as an adult.
I decided that since returning it was more hassle than it is worth (you have to pay for shipping back to China, which is probably more expensive than the dress), I would try to make it work. That night, my boyfriend and I were going out to dinner, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Here's what the dress looks like before it is on...not so bad...but still you can tell the material is thin and cheap:
Let's examine this horror. THIS is what it looks like on me...I know I'm not the thinnest woman in the world (I've never been medically heavy) but this dress makes me look like I've gained about 40lbs overnight. Plus, the waist rides up to just under my breasts so that it makes me look like I've got premature grandma boobies:
|Could it be ANY LESS flattering?|
|That's not getting zipped up, is it?|
Granted, I do have big boobs, but in the States and UK, I'm roughly a size 8 and 12 respectively and usually don a medium top. Knowing the dresses would be made for an Asian population in mind, I decided to go for the large. The waist doesn't fall on the waist, the darts on the bodice look crooked, there's no way that's zipping up and however the dress is bunching makes it look like I've got Marie Antoinette hips.
Sheinside.com may be a hit or miss--but with no real ability to return the items, I say give it a miss.
Have any of you had really positive Sheinside.com experiences?