There’s been a massive surge in retailers offering plus size and curve collections over the past year and I am over the moon about it. The more the merrier I say! But one brand that caught my eye this year was Shein. I first heard of the brand on Twitter but didn’t really pay much attention. I assumed they wouldn’t do plus and so I just ignored them! But then, they signed up to The Curve Fashion Festival and I was intrigued. I went to the website and was blown away. Their plus size range is huge and I couldn’t believe I’d been missing out all this time.
The Shein plus and curve range is massive. I mean HUNDREDS of items from lingerie to coats. Shein literally has everything you could possibly need. Their plus range goes up to a 5xl which is a size 26. But one of the things I really love about Shein is the in-depth information they give you about their sizing. So not only do they tell you the UK size equivalent of a 5xl (for example) but also the exact measurements of the item and even go as far as to tell you how stretchy the item is! I don’t know anywhere that offers such information. It can really help you decide on your purchases and I think really shows that they want their customers to love their products.
I’ve tried lot’s from Shein over the past couple of months and I really am pleasantly surprised. The one question I get asked the most is about the fit. As I said above, there’s lot’s of extra info to help with your decision making. I can wear a 4XL or 5XL depending on the size – which for me ranges from a 24-28. I do think being plus size has made me a more savvy shopper when it comes to knowing what will be a generous size and what won’t be. Zooming in on pictures to look at fabric, or how large sleeves are to checking on Instagram to see if anyone is wearing it. Overall the fit has been pretty good on my Shein items. I’d say 7 out of 10 have fitted perfect, the others have been too small but that was before all the sizing details were live on the website.
If you know me, you’ll know that I don’t hold back when I get the chance to ask brands questions in person. I’m not a hypocrite and I’ll always be true to myself. But at the same time, I really want to support plus size brands and help them do better. I know Shein has had issues in the past with independent designers finding their designs on the Shein website. I raised this with Shein who explained that they buy some of their product from factories and due to the volume they don’t often see exactly what the products are. Obviously, this is an issue with factories copying designs. However, Shein said they investigate every query of copyright and they do look into things when they are reported. They are also attempting to work closer with the factories they use. On top of these, they also have design teams in the UK creating products from scratch so hopefully, we’ll see more of this.
Another huge thing that was raised is sustainability. As a fast fashion brand, what steps are they doing to help the impact they’re having on the environment. One mega thing that surprised me was their relationship with Cancer Research. They donate unsold stock to Cancer Research at an incredible level. I’m talking palettes of clothes. This year they have raised almost £80,000 with Cancer Research by donating unsold or damaged stock and not sending it to landfill. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.
I’m chuffed to have another brand to shop from that has a massive selection to choose from and at really affordable prices. It’s great to have choice and as a plus-size woman, I’m glad we’re finally getting it.
I’m really excited about shopping from Shein over the next few months and seeing what else they bring to the table. I feel like they’ve just started building their name in the UK and their plus and curve ranges will be a massive part of that. You can get 15% off at Shein by using my code 15hollieplus – and give the range a try for yourself!
*This post is part of a paid partnership but all opinions are my own.