Last year I started to test out those cheap, online only, fast-fashion stores like Romwe, Boohoo, Misguided, 6pm and Lulus. While I will never be a person who does a majority of their shopping from these stores (I don't agree with the fast fashion culture and the quality just doesn't hold up), sometimes an item will catch my eye and I know it will be a piece that I will turn to time after time! Also, it's hard to beat the prices when they have 50% off sales and free worldwide shipping! Woohoo!
The colours of this dress immediately caught my attention. I love that they are fun and exciting without being too vibrant (they almost have a pastel feel). The shape of the dress also had me 'sold'. Any dress with thicker straps, a higher neckline and a tight waist (**the ruching is an added bonus**) is usually a winner on me. I wasn't wrong... this dress is a 'wow'!
If you haven't tried out any of these online stores before, here are a few pieces of advice:
1. Size UP if you are ordering from an asian based store. They tend to make their clothes smaller. Last year I ordered a short and top set in a size medium and I laughed SO hard when it arrived- I couldn't even get the shorts over my knees!
2. Don't expect the best quality. If you're looking for a piece of clothing that will last years and years, these are not the right stores for you! I have received some pretty good quality fabrics from Boohoo, but the clothes I've received from Romwe feel like they're made for a season of use, not years! It's probably better to buy your go-to basics from a store you can trust, and buy fun accessories and statement pieces that will get less use from these online stores!
3. Don't expect the clothes to look like they do in the pictures. I was surprised to find that, when I received my first order from one of these online stores, the clothes weren't an exact replica of the clothes in the pictures. As it turns out, these fast-fashion stores 'borrow' (read: steal) photos from other stores and put them on their websites, then do their best to copy the clothes in the picture. While they aren't always an exact match, they are usually close, just made with cheaper fabrics. But expect uneven hem lines, extra thread hanging out from different places and really wrinkled clothing when your package arrives!
If you've tried out these fast-fashion online stores, what has your experience been like? Any tips? Any favourite sites? Share them in the comments!!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,