This $24 Shein Dress Is the Ultimate Hidden Gem

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  • Popular fast-fashion retailer Shein is often hit or miss when it comes to its clothing.
  • I found a hidden gem in a $24 dress that comes in 14 colors and has 9,000 reviews.
  • I’ve since bought it in three colors and even wore it on my Italian honeymoon.

I typically try my best to limit shopping from fast fashion brands, but I sometimes want to experiment with my look and explore new silhouettes without spending a lot. Enter a brand you’ve likely heard of a million times: Shein.

Known for ultra-trendy clothes and extremely affordable price tags, Shein is a shopper’s playground for anyone who is down to dip their toes into more trend-driven styles of the moment. And though their pieces tend to be pretty hit or miss in my opinion, I’ve recently discovered a gem that gives off total Bridgerton vibes and has become a staple dress in my wardrobe.

The dress comes in a ton of colors

Side-by-side of the author wearing the puff-sleve dress in white, floral posing in different positions



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At just $24 (and before any discounts, at that), the puff-sleeve dress has nearly 9,000 rave reviews and counting. It comes in 14 colors  (3 of which I have myself), and the sizes range from XS-XL, which hopefully they have plans to expand in the near future. 

The reviews suggested sizing up, which was the right move

Author wearing the puff-sleve dress in black sitting at a table



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When it comes to Shein, I find that I rely heavily on reviews when determining which size I should choose – and this particular dress is no different. In general, I am pretty much a size medium through and through, across different brands and stores. Though as so many of the reviews recommended sizing up at least one to two sizes for a better fit, I opted for a size large instead.

Side-by-side close up of the puff-sleve dress in pink floral showing the front tie and back zipper

A close-up of the corseted front and zip-up back.

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To my surprise, the softly corseted top fits like a glove, though I must admit, it really doesn’t have much give or stretch at all. And as someone who has a slightly bustier chest, I did find that the area was quite small and created a lot of cleavage (which I don’t necessarily mind for some occasions). Personally, I found that the puffed sleeves were comfortable, with the elastic never feeling too tight on my arms, and with such a high slit and breathable fabric, the dress felt breezy enough for even a heat wave on my Italian honeymoon.

With lighter colors (like the Baby Pink and White dresses, for example), the dress runs a bit see-through, but wearing nude undergarments does the trick. 

If you’re short like me, you might want to pair the dress with heels

At just five feet tall, the dress is a bit long when wearing flats, so definitely keep that in mind if you are on the shorter side as well. 

The bottom line

The author wearing the puff-sleve dress in black at a bookstore



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Whether your personal aesthetic (like mine) is all about those romantic vibes, or you just want to experiment with your look for an upcoming event or trip, I can’t recommend this dress enough. Ultra-lightweight and easy to throw on in a pinch, you can elevate your look with heels, or keep it low-key with some sandals or sneakers. In short: You could totally wear this dress to brunch, on a picnic date, or while traveling (like I did on my honeymoon). It’s safe to say that this dress has become one of my tried and true staples that is seriously affordable yet makes a total statement.

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