Are you wondering if Chicwish is legit? This post is my honest review of Chicwish featuring more than $600 worth of orders with everything from swimwear and sports bras to dresses and chiffon skirts.
Chicwish is a site I was first introduced to when I started my blogging journey over 7 years ago. I remember seeing many of my favorite bloggers featuring Chicwish clothing on their blogs and Instagrams. The style and prices on Chicwish were on par with the clothing I was featuring from ModCloth. And many of these bloggers that were sponsored by Chicwish had similar follower numbers to mine.
So, I reached out to Chicwish to see if they would be interested in working together. I never heard anything back from them. I emailed them a few times over the years with my media kit and never received a response. Needless to say, I never felt the need to buy anything from them after that. (I was at least hoping to get a “no thank you.” I totally get that not every brand is going to want to work with me!)
However, after my rather brutal Shein review started blowing up, I received an email from Chicwish asking if I would like to try some of their product. And get this – they wanted me to be as brutally honest in my review of their products and site as I was with Shein. Needless to say, I was intrigued. So, I took them up on the offer. I’ve been wearing and testing Chicwish products for the last few months to put together this review post and will break down whether or not Chicwish is legit and lives up to the Instagram hype.
I am including photos of me wearing the items shot with my Canon DSLR camera as well as unedited photos taken from my iPhone with the products on hangers. I’ve received feedback from past review posts of some readers preferring to see me wearing and styling the items, while others prefer the less professional iPhone photos…and some want both. So, I’m doing both for this post in the “quality and sizing section.”
What is Chicwish? Where is Chicwish based?
Chicwish is a site that features women’s clothing and accessories. Chicwish is based in China and your order will come from China. They cater to the fashionista who has an eye for classic yet unique fashion.
Chicwish’s price point is not as dirt cheap as other China-based clothing companies, though. The average dress price is around $60 (though, you can always find a coupon) and their outerwear is around $90.
My Background with Chicwish
As I mentioned above, my background with Chicwish had not initially been positive. However, Chicwish had gifted me “Chicwish points” to use if I wanted. I used these points back in August 2021 to try out the Chicwish website and to test out the products for this post. I also went through the return and exchange process for this post.
These are the questions this review post will answer
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Review of Chicwish – My Honest Experience
How long does Chicwish shipping take?
Now, I had two separate orders from Chicwish that I had ordered at the same time. One of them I used their “USPS First-Class” option and one I used their “DHL EXPRESS” option.
The USPS First-Class option took 2 days after my order to ship from their China warehouse and then 15 days to arrive at my address in Wisconsin. (So, 17 days total.)
The DHL EXPRESS option took 15 days before it shipped from their warehouse in China, but then it only took 6 days after this to arrive at my address in Wisconsin. (So, 21 days total.)
So, the moral of this story is that even if you pay for the fast shipping – it may still take up to 2 weeks for your order to leave the warehouse in China. Order AT LEAST 3 weeks before any event you may need your Chicwish order for – ideally order a month in advance.
Is Chicwish Available on Amazon?
Yes! Chicwish is also available on Amazon. The shipping estimates look slightly faster and some items are also included in prime shipping!
The downfall to shopping on Amazon vs the Chicwish site, though, is you won’t be able to apply the same coupon codes to your order on Amazon that you can on the Chicwish site. So, you might save on shipping, but overall, you’ll spend more on the item. There also isn’t as big of a selection of clothing on Amazon as there is on the Chicwish site.
What is Chicwish’s return and exchange policy?
Chicwish now has free returns and free exchanges on its website. You just have to return your order within 30 days from the date your order shipped to you, with the tags still attached. You actually will get an additional $2 credited to your account too if you opt for the exchange option. UNLESS YOU PAID WITH POINTS. I had paid with Chicwish points and was not eligible for the $2 credit (didn’t realize this until after I reached out to their customer service via email at [email protected] – they got back to me really quickly with helpful answers to my questions).
My experience with using Chicwish’s return/exchange
So, I ordered one skirt that I ended up not liking (it was just too fitted for my taste), and one cardigan that I really liked but it smelled HORRIBLE. I didn’t think washing/Febreze could save this cardigan from the horrible musty, mold smell that it had. So, I decided to return the skirt and then exchange the cardigan, so I could hopefully get one that didn’t smell like a moldy basement.
To process a return or exchange go to your Chicwish account, click on the order number you want to return, then click “RMA” then “request new return.” Then, the site will instruct you to print an RMA Packing Slip and shipping label and send it to an address in California (if you’re in the US). You’re supposed to also send it back in the bag Chicwish had mailed your item in. If you mail it in a box, they might deduct $3 from your account! I hadn’t realized this and sent it back in a small box. However, it doesn’t look like I was docked the $3.
Once I sent my return and exchange in, I didn’t get any sort of an email stating Chicwish received or processed the return. I had just noticed that there was magically 399 points in my Chicwish account one day (for the returned skirt) and then, almost 3 weeks later, I received an email that my cardigan exchange had shipped.
Overall, the Chicwish return policy isn’t the worst (not many overseas companies even have much of a return policy let alone free returns/exchanges), but it is still a bit confusing, and I wasn’t a fan of not having any visibility to what was going on with my return/exchange.
- Click here to read the full Chicwish return/exchange policy.
What is Chicwish Sizing and Quality Like?
So, this is going to vary a bit depending on the clothing item you are purchasing from Chicwish. So far, my experience has been some items are “meh” and some are freaking amazing for their prices. Sizing can vary too, so always check their sizing chart and know what your measurements are! I’m anywhere from an S/M to a Large, depending on what I’m ordering from Chicwish. So, you will need to know your measurements in order to get an accurate idea of what will fit. Again, I’ll be including a styled photo + a hanger photo, for a more accurate idea of what each item looks like.
This dress has a big story behind it, haha. I have been mooning over similar dresses by Zimmermann for ages but could not justify the $800-$1,200 price tags. When I saw this similar chiffon dress by Chicwish, that was only $60 I had to have it! The sizing is accurate, I ordered a medium in this and it fits well. It is cut beautifully and the subtle print is amazing. It’s various wildlife scenes with elephants, ostriches, tigers, etc. For whatever reason, I immediately thought this would be a cool dress to wear to Giraffe Manor in Kenya one day (a dream of mine).
After I got this dress I could NOT stop thinking about Giraffe Manor, I was becoming obsessive. So, a few weeks ago, I reached out to them to see if they had any available dates in 2022 during my annual vacation time with my husband. They had ONE night available in our price range (normally you have to book at least 2 years in advance, as they sell out quickly). So, I booked it! Then I found some awesome flights to Kenya. I’m now in the process of booking our safaris and filling a few days in Nairobi (feel free to reach out with suggestions in the comments!).
So, you’ll be seeing this dress again at Giraffe Manor in February!! I’ll update this post with it once I have the photos, and will also share on my Instagram.
Verdict: Ha, this dress is so awesome it inspired me to book a trip to Kenya. Might have to order the yellow version of this one too!
Update as of March 2022: I got to wear this dress to Giraffe Manor!! It looked perfect, was super comfortable, and the staff at the Manor even said it matched the giraffes perfectly, haha. I’m so excited about how well this dress worked! I’m bringing it along for a little spring break trip I have coming up in Florida now. This dress rocks!
Overall verdict: The coats I have from Chicwish are warm, thick, and are great quality. The sizing chart is also accurate. There are some details for each individual coat there are worth noting in the reviews, below, though.
I have 2 coats from Chicwish. The first is this cute coat for fall that is surprisingly warm and thick. I got a ton of compliments on this one this last fall. I also like that the sleeves are long, and it has nice pockets to stuff my hands in.
Really, the only negative about this coat is it’s meant to be more wrap-like – so the only thing holding it together is the belt. There are no buttons or zippers. Just something to be aware of. For this reason, I wouldn’t want to wear it in the dead of winter when it’s windy and blowing snow.
Verdict: This coat I think is worth the price tag and love it for fall. Although, I don’t think this one will be great for the dead of winter with windy conditions.
Now, this coat is beautiful and the removable faux fur collar is AMAZING. However, the collar doesn’t stay on AT ALL. I wore this a few weeks ago to explore Madison and the Spring Green area with my friend Shannon (who I’m twinning with above, haha) and I ended up taking the darn collar off a few minutes after wearing it. I couldn’t stand how it was constantly coming undone. It looked like I was carrying a furry animal in my bag that day.
I mean, I suppose I could fix this by sewing the collar to the coat… but then it wouldn’t really be removable – would it? It’s a beautiful coat, but the collar is frustrating and makes me not want to recommend this one.
Verdict: This coat is beautiful and quite warm. I’ve been getting a lot of use out of it this winter. However, plan to either sew the faux fur collar to the coat or not bother wearing it at all. (I have just not been wearing the fur part this winter.)
Chicwish Skirts Quality
Overall opinion of Chicwish skirts: This is a bit of a mixed bag. Given that the price tags are less than $50, typically, I do think they are priced appropriately. However, style, sizing, and quality vary. While I LOVE some Chicwish skirts… others, like the one below, are just “meh.”
So, Chicwish is arguably most known for their midi skirts. People RAVE about their midi skirts. They look fantastic in photographs, and the prices are typically less than $50. I have ordered 3 midi skirts from Chicwish. One of them I returned because it was too fitted (it showed EVERY bulge and line), but it was a nice skirt for someone who is less bootylicious than me. Then, I ordered 2 tulle skirts. The one above is a case of looking really nice in photos but underwhelming in person.
It reminds me too much of a petticoat, and it is way too sheer for my personal taste. I feel like I forgot to finish getting dressed when I wear this one. I ordered a size S-M and felt it was true to size, plus the waistband is elastic.
Verdict: I don’t love this midi skirt. The quality is fine for the price – it just really doesn’t look that great in person.
HOLY SMOKES, though. This tulle skirt is exactly the opposite – this one photos do NOT do it justice. It is absolutely DIVINE in person. Anyone who has the pleasure of seeing me in public this winter will see me wearing this outfit! It looks SOOOOO good, I’m wearing it everywhere.
This skirt is not even a little sheer, the leaf trimming is stunning and high-quality. I would have happily have paid double for this skirt. Its $39 price tag is freaking amazing. I had ordered a size S-M and felt it was true to size, plus the waistband is elastic.
Verdict: This Chicwish tulle skirt is the prettiest skirt I own. I am so in love with it I want to order another one, just in case something ever happens to this one, and I need to replace it. I would have happily have paid double the price for it.
Update as of March 2022: I have worn this skirt about 5 times this winter and washed it once in the washing machine. It’s holding up well – but the threading is fraying a bit at the end of the skirt. Nothing scissors can’t fix, but just thought I’d mention it.
Chicwish Sports Bras
I like to lift weights, do kickboxing, do yoga, and run – and I’m constantly looking for affordable, high-impact sports bras. This bra is $30, and it’s relatively comfortable. Now, is it as good of quality as my $80 Under Armour bras? No, but I can wear it jump roping, kickboxing, and lifting weights and it’s perfectly comfortable. However, I don’t think I would wear this one on a long run, as the straps seem like they would rub and chafe. I ordered this in a small, and am happy with the size.
Verdict: This is a nice sports bra for the price. However, when it comes to inexpensive exercise clothing. Shein is still my go-to. Their $16 sports bras are just as good if not better quality than this one. (That’s also where my leggings are from here.)
Update as of March 2022: I have been using this sports bra for 8 solid months now. I have worn and washed it more than 30 times now (yes, I keep track). It is holding up REALLY well – there are no signs of wear yet. I am not kind to this sports bra either – I throw it on the heaviest cycle my wash machine has and wash it in warm water. (I don’t dry it, though.) I wash the removable cups with it too, and they are holding their shape fantastically. (For the record, all of the sports bra removable cups I have from Shein are falling apart.) See the updated pics below.
Overall verdict: Chicwish tops are of great quality and super cute! The sizing does vary, though. Also, all of the tops I ordered had a weird, mold-like smell. I was not impressed by that. For the most part, it came out after washing but still…
- Click here to shop this sweater.
I had ordered this sweater solely to see if Chicwish lived up to the hype I see on Instagram among fellow influencers/bloggers. Instagrammers were LOSING IT over Chicwish sweaters this fall, and I really wanted to see what the deal was. Honestly, looking at the sweater on the Chicwish site, I really wasn’t excited about it.
However, this has turned out to be my most-worn Chicwish item so far. This sweater is cute and warm! It’s not as soft as I personally like, but it’s also not that overly scratchy either. It had a slightly odd smell when I took it out of the package, but I’ve washed it several times now and the smell is gone + the sweater is holding up well.
Verdict: I LOVE this sweater. While it’s not the softest sweater on the planet, it is very cute and cozy and it has been holding up very well in the washing machine. I will be ordering more sweaters from Chicwish.
Update as of March 2022: Other than my sports bra, this has been my most worn Chicwish item this last year. Heck, this has pretty much been the only sweater I’ve worn this last winter. I’ve worn and washed it (in the washing machine on gentle) over a dozen times, and it is NOT pilling at all. It still looks new! (See photo above.)
Now, this top looks exactly like the photo on the Chicwish website. The quality of this top is great. The sizing is HUGE, though. This is a small, and I think I probably would have been better with an XS. This one also had a light, almost moldy odor to it when I took it out of the package (it was fine after I washed it, though).
Verdict: This is a cute and comfortable top. I’m not over the moon about this one, though. This is probably because it doesn’t fit me quite right. I should have sized down.
This top is BEAUTIFUL. It’s hard to tell in photos, but this is actually a cardigan that buttons up. The fabric has quite a bit of give and is comfortable to wear. I love it for tucking in skirts.
However, this top the first time I ordered it, smelled so bad I literally gagged when I opened the package. It smelled like it sat in a wet basement for 5 years and had a ton of mold growing on it. I exchanged it for the same top. This one also smelled bad, but not as bad. I didn’t feel like waiting another month to see if I’d get another top that smelled like mold, so I kept this one… doused it in Febreze and washed it a couple times. The smell is getting better…
Verdict: Love this top but what is going on with this mold smell Chicwish?!
So, I hate wearing shorts with a passion. I don’t really have much to compare these to, as it has been years since I’ve worn a pair of shorts. I wanted to try a pair from Chicwish, though, for the sake of this review.
Overall, these are quite comfortable to wear. I ordered a medium and they fit well. I also like the gold-tone horsebit detail – it looks fancy. The pockets are nice and deep too. However, these are 100% polyester, and they look 100% polyester in person (cheap!).
Verdict: These are cute, but for the price, I’m not overly impressed with these shorts. Again, though, I’m not much of a shorts person.
You may have noticed these leaf earrings being worn in half the outfits featured in this post. That’s because I haven’t stopped wearing these earrings since they arrived on my doorstep a couple months ago. They are SO comfortable and versatile to wear. I think they look quite nice too.
Verdict: These earrings are fantastic, especially for the price. I will absolutely be ordering more earrings from Chicwish in the future.
Update as of March 2022: I lost count of how many times I’ve worn these. It’s a ton, though! I’ve hardly worn any other earrings the last month. They are so comfortable and versatile. They still look like new too.
Good god, this bikini is WAY too small on me. This will not be leaving my bathroom! In my defense, I think when I tried this on when it first came over the summer I was less, ah, curvy? Now, it’s winter, haha.
If this bikini fit, though, I would say it is cute and the top provides adequate support and the cups hold their shape well. I’ve thrown it in the washing machine several times to see how it would hold up, and it still looks fine.
Verdict: For the price, this is a decent-quality suit with good top support. I should have exchanged it for a size large, though. This size medium is just too small. And Chicwish does allow you to return swimwear!
Is Chicwish Legit? My Verdict on Chicwish
If you Google this question you are going to get a lot of different very polarized answers. Some people seem hellbent on Chicwish being the absolute worst company in the world and others think this site is the best thing since sliced bread.
In my experience? I would say yes – Chicwish is an absolutely legit company that is not trying to scam you in any way shape or form. Sure, some of their items are less than amazing quality, but, overall, I am pleased with the quality and style of the items I have. They also have relatively affordable prices for their items.
Things to note, though, with Chicwish – outerwear and tops seem to be where they excel. Skirts are a bit of a mixed bag, but fortunately, returns are free. Dresses and earrings are other things I have had really good luck with so far. Pay attention to their sizing charts for each item, though, as sizes vary!
I will personally be ordering more clothing from them again, as I have my eye on a couple more tops and a dress for my upcoming trip! I also very much appreciate them wanting an honest review of their company and not just a fluffy advertisement. There are VERY few companies that are interested in brutally honest reviews – so, I say kudos to Chicwish.
Have you ever ordered from Chicwish? If so, what was your experience like? Let me know in the comments! Also, please reach out with any questions you may have in the comments as well.
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Again, thank you to Chicwish for partnering with me on this post. Obviously, all opinions are my own, and I am never compensated for a positive review.