I am packing and planning away for a busy weekend ahead in Aspen and then a few trips in the coming weeks. I am heading up for the Aspen Food and Wine Classic this weekend - something that has been on my bucket list for a long time, so am pretty dang excited!! If you have been, would love any tips!!
You may have seen this dress on my Instagram story last week as I was starting to pack for this weekend and I got several questions about it. Many of you may recognize it as the Self Portrait ($510) dress of the season, but actually it is a fantastic dupe.
I am often asked what I think about Shein and similar retailers like Chicwish and I must say, that I am always pleasantly surprised with the product. In no way is the fabric quality what you would get if you were spending 5 or 10 times the price, but for trendy pieces that aren't worth the investment the fabric is perfect.
When I first ordered from the site, I had a hard time believing that they were legit. With prices of dresses and tops usually below $20 it sounds a little too good to be true. However, 9 times out of 10 I have had a good experience (taking this amazing skirt this weekend, and remember this?).
I have 4 rules that I use when shopping these online retailers that always ensure that I end up with good product and not disappointed.
1. Read the reviews! I know this sounds obvious, but it is so helpful in ensuring you get what you want. Usually someone has tried the piece before you and if they hated it or loved it will leave a review (see reviews from my dress here).
2. Set expectations! Know you are not getting a $500 dress for $20, but you can still find some fun/trendy pieces without breaking the bank!
3. Order early! If you find something you like, don't wait. Shipping can take a few weeks since it is coming from overseas and if it is a popular item even longer.
4. Mix and Match! Mix your new pieces with old investment pieces and no one will never know what a bargain you got! (Unless you are me and you share it loud and proud)!