In the search of a great deal, I’m sure most of us have at one point stumbled across a Chinese discount fashion retailer; there are probably hundreds of them sprinkled around the internet. But deep down, we all know that you get what you pay for. These items are often in sizes that we are not used to, and of course, very cheaply made. How do you know if you’re getting a deal or not?.
Firstly, take everything with a grain of salt. The pictures are NOT exactly what you are going to receive, they are probably stolen from somewhere else. The fabrics are probably going to be thin or cheap and the knits will probably pill really easily. Also, the sizing is probably not going to be what you’re used to. It’s common to hear that you should go up a size or two, but there are better tricks to make sure that what you’re buying will actually fit you.
Basically, know that you are taking a bit of a risk. I’ve received some great pieces, and I’ve received some really disappointing pieces. It happens.
The sweater-dress shown above is a great example. I have not purchased it, so I can’t speak for certain, but it is probably a very loose, thin knit or more of a thin sweatshirt material.
Because the photo is probably taken from somewhere else, we have no information on the model. We have no clue if she is 5′ tall or 6′, which will make a big difference to how long the dress fits. Fortunately, they do provide two different size charts for us to work with, even though only one of them is really worth looking at.
If you look closely at this chart, it shows the size that the dress is offered in, and it’s principal dimensions. In this case, it’s the bust size and length. So what do you do? Measure yourself! Know as many of your measurements as possible, and be aware that these are the measurements of the garment, not what size you should be. Meaning, in this case, if your bust is 44 inches, you still want to get the size XL.
Also, take into account the length of the dress. This will be from your shoulder. This will let you know if you’re actually buying a dress, or if what you’re buying will fit you much more like a long sweater. Just because Asian sizes are different, doesn’t mean that you can’t make the fashion work for you.
The other size chart is below. You can use this as a guide, but I find that it’s generally pretty much wrong, and I almost always need to go an extra size up. So… it’s there, but you’re much better off using your actual measurements.
Obviously, there is a lot more to it than this. If you’re interested in more fashion tips, let me know and I’ll write another post with more. This is the basic knowledge you need to at least buy things in the correct size. (and if you’re interested, you can buy the dress HERE).
Do you shop online from Chinese retailers? Do you have any strategies for getting the best deals or do you just order and hope for the best? Leave me a comment down below or tag me on social media to show me your best online find.
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