You’ll recall me often mentioning how important it is to always shop for quality over quantity. I re-did my entire wardrobe a couple of years ago and have been sticking to my quality mantra through a smaller but more fabulous wardrobe ever since.
Until… I wanted a new dress for a Christmas party. And… I didn’t want to pay $200 for it. Enter hours of Pinteresting and the discovery of a website called SheInside.
The website is a whole site full of trendy, fashionable clothes at bargain basement prices. I figured I could get a cheap holiday outfit that I would wear for 1-2 events for $20 and still be faithful to my quality closet back home. Would just be trendy for one night…. Of course, this turned into a whole cart full of wildly trendy clothing that I otherwise would not buy because they’re too quickly going to be obsolete. A perfect way to add trendy pieces that I would feel good about throwing out after they were worn out? Perfect for what I was looking for. I picked out several items for my cart.
Needing the items for a Christmas party, I even selected to have the package “Express Shipped” to me for $15 for arrival in 3-5 days. How could this go wrong?
Day 5 with no package and I logged onto the site to see what was up only to discover the parcel had not even been processed at the warehouse. Sending an e-mail inquiry, I got back the following:
OK, they were going to send me a gift to apologize and the item would be on its way soon. I had a 2.5 weeks to the event and it would surely be here by then. After no news and the website did not show any updated information, I e-mailed… again… and again… and again… And finally got this reply:
Fast forward to today, where the package arrives. After paying an additional $30 in duties (which was nowhere mentioned in any of the website details about payment) I opened the parcels to amazement. Now, let’s be clear. I knew that I was buying cheap clothing. But cheap is not an accurate description of the items I received. What’s cheaper than cheap? I’ll let my photo exhibit below reveal my thoughts:
The “white” shirt was a gross dirty off-white colour with white accents. The clothes with faux-leather accoutrements smelled like they had been dipped in gasoline. The clothing was dirty. The material was falling apart. Seams falling apart. Zippers which should be inside shirts on the outside with seams hanging out. No free gift (I kid, it would have just meant one more thing to haul to Goodwill)
They don’t accept returns and while they do offer exchanges… It’s $50 to “return ship” plus handling fees which would make the whole event even more ridiculous. To me, this has been a very bad experience coupled with clothes so terrible I am going to have to give them to the Salvation Army and hope they can repair them to give to someone in need (I’m not kidding, they’re that bad) The clothes also didn’t come with tags on about half of the clothes and although I purchased size medium in most things (and large in the tighter ones because I know how Asian sizes can be smaller) I couldn’t fit into them. The “dress” didn’t even cover my butt.
So this has been a lesson which I will not forget – or repeat. Buying cheap clothes is a waste of money. I should have taken all the money I spent and bought one nice top that I could have paired with black pants for a – wait for it – refined holiday look. Yet another life lesson… and trip to Goodwill.