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Our $5 Taobao Haul: The Good, The Bad, And The... Defective?


Here’s our Taobao Haul – featuring clothes which all cost around $5!


Who doesn’t love Taobao, right? You can score unbelievably cheap deals, and buy anything your heart desires on this website. But are clothes from Taobao really comparable to those from local blogshops, or are they so poor in quality that you shouldn’t even bother? Check out our Taobao Haul below, and tell us what you think!

Whilst all prices are accurate at the time of publishing, Taobao sellers regularly revise their prices. If you’re checking out the product links and there’s a discrepancy in the prices published, this is why!

#1: Tie Camisole, $4.85

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

This top gets two thumbs up from us. It’s cheap, it looks exactly like it did in the picture, and it isn’t scratchy or uncomfortable to wear. What more can you ask for?

Quality & Comfort
5/5

Item Accuracy
5/5

Verdict
Very satisfied!

Link to purchase: The original item is out of stock, but here’s a different listing which is pretty similar: Ruffled Camisole

#2: Black Pinafore Dress, $4.83

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

With this dress, there are noticeable differences between the advertised item and the item we actually received. For one, our item came with more space between the shoulder straps, and it also featured a scoop neck instead of a V-neck.

Overall, it’s still a decent dress, and one that’s easy to throw on and go. But we would’ve preferred if certain details were more true to the seller’s picture!

Quality & Comfort
4/5

Item Accuracy
3/5

Verdict
The dress was definitely different from what we ordered, but it wasn’t a complete fail.

Link to purchase: Black Pinafore Dress

#3: Black Tights, $4.12

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

This is pretty much just a basic pair of tights – they probably aren’t appropriate for Singapore, but we’ll definitely bring them along when we travel to colder countries such as Korea or Japan.

One plus point: these seem to be made to fit Asians, and they aren’t too long. For reference, a size L (which is their smallest size!) will fit ladies who are between 160 to 168 pretty well. If you’re shorter than that, you might have some excess fabric, but you can always tuck these into your boots or high-top sneakers.

Quality & Comfort
5/5

Item Accuracy
5/5

Verdict
You probably won’t use these much in Singapore, but they’re nice to have on hand for when you’re travelling!

Link to purchase: Black Tights

#4: Striped T-shirt Dress, $4.37

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

We got the smallest size, hoping it would fit us snugly, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. For reference: you probably won’t be able to achieve the same kind of fit you see in the seller’s picture unless you’re a UK size 12 or larger. Petite ladies, take note!

While it was slightly disappointing that the dress didn’t fit us that well, we’d still rate this dress favourably. It’s pretty comfy, and we can see ourselves wearing this for any number of occasions.

Quality & Comfort
5/5

Item Accuracy
4/5

Verdict
Overall a good buy.

Link to purchase: The original item is out of stock, but here’s a different listing for the same item: Striped T-shirt Dress

#5: Korean Oversized Tee, $4.83

Here’s what the seller’s picture looks like…

And here’s what it looks like in real life!

On the bright side, we love the slouchiness of this oversized tee. Something we don’t like so much? The sleeves are CRAZY long, so you’ll have to fold them up just so they won’t obstruct your movement. Plus, we have no idea why, but the sleeves are oddly shaped and come with an extra rectangular strip on each side…

If you look at the original picture, the sleeves look normal, with no indication of that there's that extra rectangular strip. We still can’t tell if this is meant to be a funky design, or if it’s simply a defective item.

Quality & Comfort
4/5

Item Accuracy
3/5

Verdict
A little too avant garde for us.

Link to purchase: The original item is out of stock, but here’s a different listing for the same item:Korean Oversized Tee

We hope you enjoyed our Taobao Haul article! Let us know what you thought of the items we got in this haul, and share your own experience shopping on Taobao!


Yours sincerely,



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