I've always been skeptical of online Asian retailers selling clothing similar in design to popular high street and designer offerings for minimum prices (and by minimum I mean minimum, around £3+ per item) as I've read reviews and seen images of items arriving and looking absolutely nothing like the image shown on the site, plus I'm always wary of using my debit card on new sites. However, I have always been intrigued as I have also seen some great reviews and let's be honest who doesn't love a good bargain occasionally when it comes to clothing?! So, when Dresslink approached me and offered to send me some pieces of my choice I was happy to accept and see what the outcome would be like.
As I know sometimes disasters can happen when you pick items from sites like Dresslink, I decided when I was browsing to go for what I thought were safer options that were less likely to arrive looking like something completely different to what is shown in the image. I also watched a few Dresslink haul videos and read some reviews which all recommended to size up, as Asian sizing comes up quite small. For this reason, I only chose to purchase tops this time as I have quite long legs so I didn't want to risk it with bottoms. Something that also helped when choosing was when you go on each individual product's page there is a size guide and a section for customer reviews and images.
I ended up choosing three items from the site which I chose to be shipped via ChinaPost with tracking and they arrived within 2 weeks which is amazing considering they said it could take up to one month so I cannot fault the delivery, although my tracking was inaccurate and all in Chinese which wasn't too helpful.
The first item I chose was this tie-side chiffon halter-neck top* as I've been really loving lace-up detailing at the moment and thought it would be a great, easy piece to wear when the weather is warmer. The white chiffon material is great quality for the price (as you can see in the images it isn't see through if you wear a nude tone bra) and the sizing is almost spot on, although the armholes hang quite low. For reference, I am a UK size 8 and I went for a size L in this which isn't too loose or too tight. I wish the lace-up detail went up a bit higher, e.g. one extra loop, so that you couldn't see my bra at the sides but if you're conscious of this then you could just wear something underneath. Overall, this is very similar to the image shown on the site and for just £3.27 you can't go wrong.
Next, I went for a white floral appliqué bralet* as I absolutely love this style of underwear but they can be quite expensive if you purchase them elsewhere. To be honest, this was the item I was least impressed with. Although admittedly it looks similar to the images on the site and the appliqué detail is actually really good for only £3.45, the mesh material just feels very plastic-like and is not comfortable to wear at all. As well as this, the bra just doesn't seem to sit right?! You might be able to tell in the images that the fastening at the back and the band which sits underneath the bust just isn't straight at all and hangs really weirdly - basically, it is exactly the same on, very pretty but not practical. I don't know if it's just the wrong size for me (size M) or what but this just has a really odd fit and I would say it is 100% worth spending more with another brand if you're after something like this.
Lastly and probably my most successful choice from the order is this long-sleeve backless top* which I chose as it is a nice casual piece to wear on a daily basis but is slightly more interesting than a plain white top. This is the most similar to the image shown on the site out of all of the pieces I chose, although in real life it is more of an off-white/cream than white as it's listed as. The material quality is comparable to something from Primark or H&M which I was really impressed with as it's only £3.59 and I love the back detailing. The fit is also perfect, I went for a size L in this too. The only issue I have is that it doesn't seem to iron very well hence why it's all creased in the images but for such a low price that isn't a big deal at all. I know I will definitely get more wear out of this than the other two items and think it's as good as something you'd see on the high street.
Overall, I was happy with the results from my first experience of ordering from an online Asian retailer. I was impressed with the fast shipping and the correspondence from Dresslink and although the items are hit or miss, you can definitely get some great quality items for really low prices and I am likely to place an order with them again in the future.
Have you ever made an order with Dresslink? What did you think?
This post is sponsored by Dresslink and items marked with a * were gifted to me, however all opinions are my own.