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Every time you check Instagram, there’s a new brand with stunning dazzling crop tops, lace bodysuits, or PVC leggings. Unfortunately, just because a dress looks great in a photo taken by your favourite influencer doesn’t always mean it will look great in real life.
My friend Maria introduced me to Meshki about a year ago, when I was complaining about how no firm had been able to replace the vacuum that the original Nasty Gal had left in my closet. She also recommended Oh Polly, which I tried and also enjoyed.
Returning to Meshki. Their website, on the other hand, was not especially user friendly at the time, and it still isn’t. Furthermore, the majority of their offerings were bikinis and club wear, both of which I adored at the time. Meshki had a great beachy two-piece set that I loved while I was looking for new apparel for travels to Brazil and the Philippines earlier this year, so I figured it was time to give them a try.
I got this leopard print crop top and this purple two-piece ensemble. I didn’t have it in time for my vacation to Brazil since shipping took a little longer than expected. However, given that it is coming from Australia, I sort of expected it.
The purple ensemble fit, but the top felt odd since the straps were so long. Of course, I could tie them, but they were so enormous and heavy that doing so caused the entire shirt to droop, which was uncomfortable and ripe for a fashion faux pas. I choose to return it.
The leopard shirt was still gorgeous despite being much shorter than I expected, but it was much more like a bralette than the reasonably modest crop top I was anticipating. It felt a little snug on my breasts as well, but that’s to be expected given my thin band and huge cup sizes. Even though I probably would not have purchased the leopard shirt if I had first tried it on in a store, I decided not to return it since I didn’t want to switch it for anything else. The second bodysuit I wanted was out of stock in my size. And it took 18 days for my shop credit to be transferred to my account, and I couldn’t find anything else on their website that I wanted that didn’t need me to spend more money on top of my store credit. I ultimately had to settle with this red turtleneck small dress that I discovered when shopping one day. The dress looked much more appealing in person, and the fabric was excellent in that it wasn’t see-through, but it still appeared much cheaper in person than online, almost like spandex. I didn’t realize how short the dress was until I was wearing it and had to pull it down since it kept riding up as I walked.
I chose not to return it since, one again, I didn’t want to return it and seek for something else to replace it with. If I had tried it on in a store, I’m very sure I wouldn’t have paid $55, but that’s how internet sellers get you.
And. If you don’t want to read everything, here’s a summary of the main points…
- You may make returns from the comfort of your own home.
- Everything I bought fit well. It was, in fact, slightly smaller than I had hoped.
- Adorable fashion selection, including lots of adorable lingerie and bikinis.
- Returns are only accepted for store credit; no full refunds are given.
- Exchanges for shop credit are more difficult than they would be on a larger site with more options because they don’t have a lot of inventory and there appears to be an issue that prevents you from accessing all of their inventory.
- I’m 5’7″ (1.73m for non-Americans), therefore everything I bought seemed to be missing a few inches of fabric. The shirts resembled bralettes rather than crop tops, and the skirts were quite short. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it wasn’t what I expected based on the product photos.
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It is your duty to return the item. Although the price was lower than at certain places, such as Oh Polly. I still paid about $10. Although the craftsmanship was not bad, it seemed to be of low quality in comparison to the price. Although the prices were greater, the quality was similar to companies such as Forever 21.
I’m 5’7″ or 1.73m tall, and both of the skirts I bought were fairly short. They’re wearable, but not very trendy. They reminded me of the small dresses I wore in 2009, particularly the purple one, which I had to continually pull down while walking.
I assumed the sizing was correct, but I’ve heard from friends that it was much wrong. Given that many of these firms obtain their clothing from multiple wholesalers, I suppose the items vary. Overall, unless I found a particularly cute and unique style that I couldn’t get anywhere else, I wouldn’t shop at Meshki again. I was thrown off by the return procedure and the disparity in quality and cost. Of course, I could return if they improved the quality, reduced the price, or changed their return policy! There is still hope because Dolls Kill’s return policy was finally modified this year!
If you’re looking for clothing that looks like Meshki but don’t want to try them on, I recommend Missguided (cheaper + always has offers), Boohoo (free returns + cheaper), or Oh Polly (better quality + similar price point).