Sequin Top Outfit + Tips for Buying From Ali Express

Top: Ali Express | Skirt: Ali Express | Shoes: Steve Madden

Sequin pieces are such a statement, so I try to incorporate them in outfits year round. They are very popular around holiday time, but a great find could work any day. I found both the skirt and top of the outfit from Ali Express. I know many people have a negative experience on buying clothes from China because the sizing is misleading, the clothes end up completely different from what was ordered, and all other horrors. I’ve actually had a bad experience buying from similar sites. Lately I decided to take the chance and order from Ali Express. So far, I’ve been pretty happy with the results. There are a lot of super cool clothes that I can’t find anywhere else!

Here are some things I keep in mind when buying from Ali Express:

  1. To be on the safe side, pick clothes that have a high amount of orders and good reviews. By high amounts, think hundreds. Usually I’ll buy a piece if it has more than 100 orders and have a rating of 4.7 stars or higher. Also, the reviews section will help you determine the quality. The clothes I bought are just as nice as something from Forever 21 or H&M for a fraction of the price. The best reviews to look at are ones with pictures. Some sellers will write fake reviews so you can’t always trust a high rating. Actual people who buy the products and post pictures of how they look are your most trustworthy source. If you end up buying a product, post some pictures too! It really helps other buyers get cute clothes for a steal.
  2. Next, make sure you look at the seller’s measurements for the garment. In the U.S., I usually purchase small or medium skirts, however I never go by the U.S. sizing for Ali Express. I typically buy a few sizes larger for their clothing since the measurements are different. It helps to measure a similar piece of clothing you already have and compare it to the seller’s measurement chart to get an idea of what size you’ll need. I do come across some clothing that just runs too small there isn’t a size that would fit me!
  3. If you still can’t figure out the size, ask the seller! I’ve asked a few times and they’re usually very helpful.
  4. Depending on where you live shipping can take a LONG time. Keep that in mind when ordering. I live in the U.S. and sometimes it’s taken as long as two months or as short as a week for an order to come in. I don’t think paying extra for any overnight shipping is worth it either because it takes just as long. Most of the time the seller provides tracking, so you can find out if your package is on it’s way or stuck in the mail.

I hope this post was helpful in making it less scary to order from Ali Express! You can find a good deal on cool clothes if you look hard enough. Do you have any other tips or experiences buying from Ali Express? Or know of any good sites that are similar? Feel free to share!

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