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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
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
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.
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
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.