Earlier this year, I made my first Dresslily purchase and have been requested to write my honest reviews on their dresses and plus size options! Months later, I’ve learned just about everything you need to know to make an informed purchase. I’ll give you my honest feedback and suggestions.
Is Dresslily Legit?
Yes, Dresslily is a legitimate company that was founded in 2008. They’re owned by Global Egrow, the same holding company of the popular online brand Rosegal.
In their early days, they were criticized for deceptive ads that targeted consumers with gorgeous product images that weren’t nearly the same as what people actually received in the mail. Since then. they’ve made drastic improvements to their quality and I can confidently say that you get what you see on the images.
What to Expect from Dresslily:
Similar to all affordable online retailers, shipping speed and returns aren’t the best. This is why there are so many poor Dresslily reviews online.
Reality check! If you order clothing from these cheap online retailers, this will almost always be the case.
My Honest Dresslily Reviews
Overall: ★★★★ 4 Stars
All in all, Dresslily offers cute, trendy clothes at affordable prices! The only major con is the return process, which we talk about later.
Quality: ★★★★ 4 Stars
Although once criticized for their poor quality, Dresslily has definitely made improvements recently. Not every clothing piece you buy will have out-of-this-world quality, but the majority of their items are great.
Shipping & Returns: ★★ 2 Stars
Unfortunately, shipping from Dreslily is pretty slow, and you have to pay $7.99 to cover shipping costs if you decide to return an item. In order to avoid having to make a return, you’ll need to make sure you order the correct size, which we discuss below.
I will also go over quality, sizing, fabric, longevity, and colors. On top of that, my friend reviewed some of their plus-size clothing!
Dresses are their staple product and you can definitely tell they put most of their effort into their dresses. The quality is on point! I mean you’re not going to find a prom or wedding dress on here but a party dress? Sure! A summer dress, sure!
I’ve never been a huge dress girl, but I’m purchasing more dresses than ever before after discovering this retailer.
I’m not going to make a blanket statement about their dresses and say that the quality is amazing because honestly, there are so many types of fits and fabrics. I’ll probably never be able to speak to that.
But, out of the 6 dresses I’ve purchased, I’ve been pleased with the quality overall. They fit well, stay together when washing, and only have faded a little bit through all the washes.
Remember to always check out their coupons page as well as their current sales.
- Strong fabric
- Worth more than you pay
- Colors fade a little over time (Nothing drastic)
- Huge selection
They just launched a Halloween section and I must say it’s pretty impressive!
Plus Size Review
I will start off by saying the dresses are form-fitting where they need to be and flowy in all the right places! I love when companies get it right, the plus-size department definitely gets a little more attention than most other companies.
Sizing does run small, so make sure to take your measurements prior to placing the order. But, being plus size, this isn’t anything new.
Unfortunately, one of my dresses did start coming apart after the 4th wash. It was one of the cheaper dresses (I think I paid $5 for it), so I got my money’s worth. I would have been more disappointed if this was the case for all my dresses.
Overall thoughts: I’d say definitely give it a shot, especially with the cheap prices. Some dresses on their site are higher in price, which I don’t advise. I found the quality is not noticeably better for these higher-priced dresses.
Overall, Dresslily does have its pros and cons, which we’ve listed below:
- Great quality
- Great sizing, especially for plus sizes
- Slow shipping
- Bad return process (avoidable)
- Need to check each product to make sure sizing is right
I can’t stress enough how important sizing is when it comes to your customer experience.
You can have two scenarios when it comes to your Dresslily experience:
Scenario 1 – You take the time to take your measurements, you compare them to the item you want, you receive something in the mail that fits! MAGIC!
Scenario 2 – You assume all sizing is the same (WRONG), receive the wrong size after waiting a couple of weeks for it to get to you, you start the terrible return process, and you get pissed. Then, you join the thousands of others and write a bad Dresslily review because you didn’t take the time to do it right!
Since the clothes are dirt cheap, it’s important to put in a little work on your end to make sure you’re going to be happy with your order.
Steps to Get the Right Dresslily Size:
Take your measurements
Bust – Measure around the fullest part of the bust.
Waist – Measure around the waist at the narrowest point.
Hips – Stand with heels together and measure around the fullest part of your hips
Look at the sizing of the item you want to purchase and pick the best fitting size
Look for the “Size Guide” button on the product page and it will pop up a size chart screen with all the measurements.
How long does it take to receive an order from DressLily?
It will take 7-20 days depending on which shipping method you choose. Flat Rate shipping is free for purchases over $49. Otherwise, it costs $7.99 for the US and UK.
|United States||FREE for orders over US$49 otherwise US$7.99||10-20|
|UK||FREE for orders over US$49 otherwise US$7.99||10-20|
Standard shipping is a tad quicker (7-15 Business days) and is on a sliding scale depending on how large your order is.
Dresslily is known for their awesome flash sales and coupons! If you see something you like that’s on sale, make sure you jump on it because you will likely miss out if not. It’s happened more times than I’d like to admit.
As you can see below, I got this cute dress for only $5.40. They have a huge selection of 40% OFF, 60% OFF and even 80% OFF.
This is one of the best deals I’ve ever seen on the site!
When doing the BOGO sales, make sure to remember that it will discount the cheapest item in your cart! Getting items that are similarly priced will maximize your savings.
Note: When it says only 3 left, it is usually true. Since these deals are so good, they do go fast, so don’t be fooled. It’s not another marketing ploy to get you to purchase.
Hopefully, it never gets to a point where you have to return anything you’ve ordered. However, if something does go wrong, you might have to go through their return process. Here’s my experience with the Dresslily return policy and process!
Policy: You have 30 days to process your return. The items must be in brand new condition, unused/unworn, unwashed, with all original packaging.
Wrong size? You must cover the shipping costs of both the first purchase. If you want to exchange, you must also pay for the shipping of your new product. This means $7.99 to send it back to Dresslily, then another $7.99 to get your exchanged item.
In many cases, this will add up to be more than your item is even worth!
Issue with the product? Contact them and they will give you the best solution they can provide, make sure you provide pictures of the products damaged. I haven’t experienced this myself, but it sounds very vague.
You can’t return the following product types (unless it’s Dresslilys fault)
- Clearance items
- All masks
- Disposable protective clothing and other protective gear that comes in direct contact with skin of humans and animals.
My Return Experience
I returned a couple of items and it went alright, aside from the fact I had to pay the $8 return shipping. It was still worth it in my case because I had spent around $30 for these items, but it definitely wouldn’t have been worth it if I paid $20 or less.
If you want a cheap retailer with free returns, check out SheIn.
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