Buying Clothes From China: Is It Worth It?
We have all done it. Googled something trendy that costs $$$ to try and find it cheaper and found a website that sells it for $11. NO WAY, you say, scrolling down to look at the size chart to try and discover what size you wear at this store (because the world can’t get it together and just make standard sizing) and that is when you realize. These are clothes from China. Crap, you think, this might be too good to be true. BUT IS IT? I ordered six different types items from two clothing stores based in China to give you a thorough review on whether or not you are wasting your money buying from those too-good-to-be-true online websites. Ya welcome.
Buying Clothes From China: Is It Worth It?
Ok. So first off. The websites that I am reviewing did send me these clothes in exchange for a post about them. However, as always, all opinions are my completely honest and my own.
DISCLAIMER: I tried to link to each of these items but they have mysteriously disappeared from the websites. I do apologize in advance…
Store #1: Dresslily.com
So, I received three items from this online website: maroon ankle boots, a grey cardigan and a maroon and cream plaid shirt. I felt like these were relatively safe things to order. I waited patiently for them to come in (I expected the wait time to be a couple of weeks considering it was coming from China) but they actually arrived fairly quickly, so we are off to a good start. Here is what I thought about each individual product:
Maroon Ankle Boots.
I have experienced a whirlwind of emotions when it came to these boots. They were so cheap so I did not have super high expectations but then they arrived and they were beautiful. It was love at first boot. I tried them on and they fit like a stinking GLOVE. Even though they smelled like chemicals and body odor, I could not have been happier. I sprayed them with Febreeze and I wore them out almost immediately and they didn’t make my feet hurt and I was thrilled. So I wore them a second time…a third time…but the fourth time everything went wrong. I was walking (not running a marathon…simply walking) home from my class last week and I took a step just like any other step and the entire heel fell off the boot. Literally just…fell right off (as you can see in the picture). I have not been able to reattach the heel thus far but I will keep you all posted. Still upset about this TBH. If you know any shoe repair men…hit me up.
So. Item #1? A+ for the style of the boot, F- for the fact that it can’t keep it together (literally)
Ok. This one looked like a total winner. It looks really cute on, fit super well, is super warm and it have pockets to keep all my things in. I loved dressing it with black leggings, a graphic tee and my maroon booties (RIP). I’m a serious sucker for cardigans so you know, I was all over this. It is also surprisingly soft, and is not scratchy like has been the case for other cardigans I own! The con is that it smells AWFUL. Like chemicals and gross-ness. I had to wash it three times and spray vigorously with Febreeze before I could even stand to wear it or let it touch my other clothes. Even still, if I breathe too hard, I can smell it a little bit. That part is really a bummer though because the cut and fabric of the cardigan are SPOT ON. So darling.
Item #2: B- (It would have gotten an A but the smell)
I was excited for this one because you know me, I heart all of the plaid during the fall season. I loved the color and figured it would be the PERFECT layering top underneath a sweater this season. But, all was not as it seemed on the website. This is not actually made of shirt fabric. It actually feels as though it is made of scratchy paper. It is SUPER thin, makes crinkle noises when I move and doesn’t bend very well at the crook of the arms. I’ll still probably wear it underneath a sweater because I like the pattern a lot and you’ll only see the collar and the sleeves but I would never wear it by itself.
Item #3: D+
Store #2: Zaful.com
So, the items I received from this store were: an ombre blue sweater, a set of three earrings, and cheetah flats. These, too, came in the mail fairly quickly, but the items were in separate shipments leaving me to think they totally forgot to put my shoes in the order. But they didn’t forget. They just came a week later.
Navy Ombré Sweater.
AHHHHH. This is hands down the softest sweater I have ever worn. It did NOT smell like chemicals, it feels super soft and cashmere-esque and it fits perfectly. I was not disappointed at all with this item. I really like wearing it with dark jeans, tan booties and a simple gold bar necklace. I think this was a serious win. I wish I could link it for you guys but….it doesn’t seem to exist anymore? Sorry bout that. I’m actually wearing it right now. Love love love love love.
Item #1? A+!
Set of 3 Earrings.
These were also a total win! Beware though: if you had sensitive ears, these earrings will irritate them. They stated that they were nickel free on the website, but as someone who is sensitive to nickel, I can state that is definitely not totally true. The earrings are adorable and I will totally still wear them, but my the end of the day my ears are a little red and sore from the nickel irritation. If you do not suffer from this annoying allergy, however, you will totally love these. They are simple with just the right amount of class! I love studs!!
Item #2? B+
Ok. This ties with the blue ombré shirt in terms of how much I like it. I have worn them three times so far, but honestly, every time I wear them I am TERRIFIED I am going to lose another heel so the joy of wearing these really cute shoes is kind of lost. Boo. They are a little tight, so I would say they run like half a size smaller than your normal shoes size. But you can’t buy half sizes, so it is just kind of a hit or miss kind of situation. But if you are okay with shoes that are a teeny bit tight, these are really cute. I replaced my old cheetah flats with these because I have actually worn holes into them wearing them so much. Cheetah flats are, in my opinion, the perfect shoes ESPECIALLY when they have a pointed toe. These have killed it so far!!
Item #3? A- (because the joy was stolen from me)
So, if we add up all the letter grade scores, it averages out to be around a solid C+/B- situation. It is totally possible that you could end up with a gemstone of an item (like my blue sweater or the cheetah flats) but the more likely possibility is that you are going to end up with something that either A) looks cute but smells like gaseous death, B) Looks cute but falls apart in a week and a half, or C) is just completely terrible.
I do want to point out that I did use the exact size guide included with each item and everything fit me when it arrived. SO, as long as you remember that they use Chinese sizing, you’ll be fine. For example — I am typically a small but I ordered larges in almost everything.
My purpose for writing this is to let you know that if something seems too good to be true….it probably is. You can always try for yourself and see what you get, but if you are gambling your own money, it might not be worth the risk! You seriously might end up with a super awesome pieces for really cheap, but I still think it is a gamble.
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