6 winter/spring outfits under $100

Trying to survive these last bits of winter over here (it is currently raining and the Belgian in me is in heaven because I seriously miss the rain!!). I’ve slowly started to transition from winter to spring in my wardrobe, and wanted to share with you a few of my recent outfits – all under $100!
PS: I didn’t include any of the shoes in the total $$ of each outfit, just because I think this is something that can be easily changed depending on what you already have at home and doesn’t necessarily require new purchases!

I don’t know about you, but the weeks that follow the holidays are always tight on budget, so I’ve been focusing on items that don’t cost much and that I can wear and re-wear multiple ways – without breaking the bank. You’ll see that most of the clothes I am wearing come from SHEIN, an online boutique that has in the past been judged as cheap and unreliable. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I have been wearing pieces from there often enough – and I thought it might be a good idea to share with you my tips and tricks when shopping on their website:

1. Focus on sweaters and tops (with the occasional jumpsuits and dresses). I’ve personally gotten pants and skirts in the past, and the sizing isn’t always what I am looking for, or the fabric can be slightly see-through. Of course it depends on the item and your own body size, but in my opinion I find it easier to shop for tops and sweaters (I will either purchase my regular size or go one size up if the reviews say it sizes small). My favorite one this season is definitely this one – tho I have to admit it is high in competition with this one. The quality is comparable to that of Forever 21 or H&M, but Shein has a lot more choices and trends so their website is always my first choice if I am looking for that one piece that stands out.
PS: I asked my friend Michelle (who is 5’10”) what her thoughts were on the website and she said her main issue is the sizes – she recommends to definitely size up if you are a tall lady.

2. Pay attention to the reviews. Often there will be comments from buyers who will be explaining how the item looks like in person, and I find this extremely helpful. 99% of the time the item will have great reviews, and it can be reassuring when you see a photo of someone wearing it in real life.

3. When it comes to shoes, size up. I am regularly a size 7.5 and will be getting a size 38 on their website. They have a chart of the different sizes and what they convert to in US, UK, and European sizes, but as a rule of thumbs I would recommend sizing up to avoid uncomfortable shoes. That being said, I have gotten numerous pairs from the website and am always impressed with the quality – especially considering the prices. The black booties I am wearing below are from there and they are very sturdy and comfortable, and so are the pearl slides – and you can be sure no one would ever guess how much they really cost just by looking at them!

4. Bags are one of my favorite things on their website. Every time I put an order through, you can be sure there is at least one bag in my cart. Bare in mind that you get what you pay for, so if you purchase a Chloe dupe, you obviously won’t get the Chloe quality. Not saying the quality is bad (far from there), but you’ll immediately understand that those aren’t bags you’ll keep for years. Although they are super fun and such an amazing way to get that designer look for less, so personally I don’t mind.

5. Shipping takes forever. This is probably the biggest downside of Shein – and I have heard a lot of others complaining about it. While everything is super affordable (including the shipping prices), it takes a good 2 weeks for anything to arrive. In a world of overnight shipping, this is just torture. So keep that in mind if purchasing something you need right away!

All in all, if I had to give a score to the website I would rate it 8/10 – depending on what you are getting. My opinions are always very honest and I would never promote or advertise anything that I don’t genuinely like or wear myself. All of the photos below were of outfits I actually wore those days (and didn’t change just for the sake of a photo), and I know I will be wearing these pieces again.
If you ever have doubts about shopping on Shein, feel free to message me and I will do my best to help and share my experience with you! 

Happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Mash Elle

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