Getting clothing from AliExpress can be tricky. It took me a few tries to get a hold of the sizing, but once I did I was able to order things with confidence that they will fit. I now have over 20 different unique items in my closet (excluding a ton of socks) that I wear all the time.
The few reasonable questions are:
- How is the quality?
- How to pick the size?
- How to pick items – do you need to go with the ones with the more orders and feedback, or is it safe to pick ones with a little amount of orders?
If you just want to see the review, scroll further down to the review portion of this article, if not – I will answer all three right now.
How is the quality of the things?
Generally speaking, you need to look at the material in the description. I have a few t-shirts that are made from polyester. It is not the most breathable material out there, to say the least. I ended up donating most of them, only keeping the ones that have unique prints (like this Bernie Sanders t-shirt).
I noticed that the description is accurate – the material stated is accurate – the sellers don't want to have people starting disputes, and the size charts are very helpful. This bring me to the next point.
How to pick the size?
Look at the size charts – can't be any easier than that. Take out that measuring tape, and ask someone to measure you: the length of your arms (shoulder to wrist), shoulder width and chest are the most important ones. Write them down somewhere and always refer to them when picking sizes. If the size is borderline, go with the larger one.
Keep in mind, that sizes on AliExpress are Asian sizes – they are smaller than the North American sizes. For example, I normally wear M/L, and on AliExpress I get typically get between XL and XXL.
How to pick items?
Do you need to go with the ones with the more orders and feedback, or is it safe to pick ones with a little amount of orders?
I go by the pictures in the item description, and buy things based on whether I like how they look in the item description. I browse through the pages and pages with products, and then look in the stores section and in suggested products. Sometimes if I need a specific item, like a faux leather jacket or a reflective windbreaker, I use the search bar and sort by the amount of feedback – this way it's easier to find out how the quality and the fit is.
But often times I come across items that have no or very little feedback and I still buy them if I like the style. This way there is a little more risk but I always have the option to start a dispute if the item is significantly different from what was promised. I had to do a dispute once on the faux leather jacket because instead of the blue color the seller sent the black one, and I got $5 that I asked for back – I didn't want to take too much money away from the seller knowing how low their profit margin is. But the quality of this jacket is amazing, and it looks great – especially for the amount of money that I paid for it.
Now let's move to the review portion of this post.
Hypebeast hoodie: REVIEW
On the pictures below you see two items. The hoodie itself, and the white sweatshirt with two zippers on the sides (size L). The sweatshirt on its own can be seen in the video, and in the pictures below you can see the hoodie with and without the sweatshirt. I like wearing them both at the same time because I like how they look.
The size that I got is XXL, and to be honest I should've bought the XXXL, because the sleeves are a bit too short. But with the sweatshirt it looks good because its sleeves peek out.
The material is polyester and cotton. They don't say which part is made of what, my guess is that the body is cotton, and the details (the stripe that runs on the back and the straps) are made of polyester.
The white long-sleeve sweatshirt with zippers is full cotton. I am very happy with it, it goes well with a few different outfits that I have, and I doubt that I would find anything like this for $10 USD in stores – or at the very least it would take a lot more effort than a few clicks mouse clicks.
Here are the pictures of what they look like on me. My doggo Lady decided to also model in the shots 🙂