Shiny by Nature Unsponsored Review
Maybe you’ve heard of the brand, Shiny by Nature. They make size-inclusive, colorful clothing with a specific customer in mind. Namely, those with larger hips relative to their waist, or those we might term “curvy.”
Shiny by Nature’s denim, for instance, boasts about a 14″ difference between waist and hip measurements. Owner, Alex, has stated that she has a 15″ waist-to-hip difference.
While I am considered straight size (not plus size or petite), I have a 13″ waist-to-hip difference.
This has proven to be a challenge when it comes to shopping. While there’s no standardized measurement across brands, many brands I’ve tried accommodate about a 10″ difference between waist and hips.
That 3″ makes a huge difference. There are many, many brands I can’t shop from. And it’s not just a problem with pants. It’s also an issue with shift dresses, body con styles, pencil skirts, and basically anything else that’s intended to closely follow the line of the waist and hips.
I had hoped Shiny by Nature could solve the problem for me. Unfortunately, sizing inconsistencies, construction issues, and material quality got in the way.
What I Ordered
After carefully measuring my body, consulting the size calculator, and reviewing the size guide, I purchased the Gingham Long Skirt, Solving the Jeans Problem Jeans, Corduroy Dress, and Sleeveless Midi Dress.
All items were listed as in stock and took about 12 (total) days to arrive.
I was quite disappointed in my purchase from the get-go.
Items felt damp to the touch in their packaging and loose threads were hanging off of each garment.
The two gingham garments were listed as 100% cotton on the site, which I assumed was a poplin or other summer woven. In reality, both are made with a brushed cotton (aka flannel) that feels like a loose weave (read: cheap) and is unsuitable for summer clothing.
The Midi dress elastic is sewn unevenly.
The hip and rise measurement on the jeans were off. The rise by 1″ and the hip by more than 4″! That makes for a considerably different fit than advertised.
The Corduroy Dress fits larger than expected, with 2 more inches in the bust than advertised.
So Many Feelings
Look, I’m not trying to ruin a brand that is making fun, on-trend clothing that’s size inclusive and authentically trying to meet a need in the marketplace.
Especially because this is a need that *I* specifically need!
I’m just really disappointed that these items that are advertised with buzzwords like “slow” and “highest possible quality” don’t really seem like either. The abundance of positive press from customers on Instagram and TikTok simply don’t tell the full story.
I deeply respect that Shiny by Nature is striving to make more sustainable items at an affordable price point, but I think construction and fabric are worth moving to a higher price.
I have already submitted my feedback to Shiny by Nature. But if I were to make additional suggestions:
- Offer returns and exchanges, no questions asked.
- Perfect patterns by testing clothing on a variety of bodies.
- Be more diligent about quality control.
- Use sturdier, higher quality fabrics.
Have you purchased from Shiny by Nature? What did you think?
Also, a pro-tip: Target’s pants fit me pretty well, especially their barrel styles.
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