Torrid Review and Try On Haul

Meagan Kerr wears Torrid Skull Fair Isle Sweater in size 5

On Black Friday I decided to do a spot of shopping, including my first order from Torrid. I get a lot of people asking me about Torrid (especially New Zealand shoppers), so I wanted to share what I picked out and a review of my experience.

This was the first order I’ve made from Torrid, but I have gone in on an order with Rachel before. First time around, I got two bralettes that didn’t fit. I put one of them on and had one of those “oh shit, I’m stuck, I’m going to have to live in this bralette for the rest of my life” experience until Doug managed to wrestle it off me. I’ve since given that one to my friend Chloe, and it fits her much better than it did me!

Anyway, I bought five things (which I’ll link below for you) and I really like all of them. The highlight for me is definitely the Christmas sweater! Luckily it’s been chilly here in Auckland so I’ve been able to wear it and make the most of it before Christmas.

Figuring out my size was pretty easy – I went by the size charts on the website and sized up as necessary. I sized up for the bralette because I have a big bust and wanted a bit of extra coverage. I also sized up in the sweaters because I wanted them to be roomy to allow me to layer extra clothes underneath in winter.

Shipping was pricey at USD $70 (which is about NZD $90-100 depending on the exchange rate). I’m not sure why it’s so expensive, as none of the other US companies I’ve shopped with have been that expensive. This cost is definitely prohibitive for me, because of the low duty and GST limit we have on purchases in New Zealand – the shipping pushes my total well over the limit. A USD $150 purchase + $70 shipping ends up with about NZD $120 in fees to pay when your parcel arrives in NZ  (you can work out your duty and GST charges here) so in the future I’m going to be holding out for free international shipping specials and keeping my fingers crossed that Torrid brings their charges down to a more reasonable amount.

Skull Fair Isle Sweater in size 5
Striped V-Neck Sweater in size 5
White V-Neck Tee in size 4
Crop Lace Bralette in size 5
Leopard Print Full Length Leggings in size 5

I’d also advise you to keep an eye out for special discounts – sale time is the best time to shop if you want to negate those shipping costs. If you want to know more about the pieces I picked out or my experience shopping at Torrid, let me know. I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

Have you shopped with Torrid before?
Let me know which of the pieces I picked is your favourite.


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19 Comments

  1. December 29, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Love Torrid!

    • December 30, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      They’re great aren’t they? I would love to be able to go in to one of their stores!

  2. Michelle
    December 25, 2016 / 7:29 am

    I haven’t purchased anything from them – yea using You Shop would be cheaper for postage!

    I need those leggings !!!!!! They are fricken awesome!

    • December 26, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      I’ve had a few people mention that they’ve had issues using YouShop for Torrid orders because of the different billing/shipping addresses, let me know how you get on

  3. Cc
    December 24, 2016 / 7:57 am

    I love Torrid, shop there quite a bit, i love their crop jeans and t-shirts. Have found a couple on tees too see through for my liking and have had one that went completely out if shape after washing (so bad it was unwearable) but have learnt to read the descriptions better.
    Got caught out on customs once as sale price was under limit but they list at full price-grrr.

    • December 24, 2016 / 9:07 am

      Hmm, that’s a pain about the customs declaration! I guess they have to list the actual value of the goods (for insurance purposes as well), but it can be a pain for us as end users!

    • Sarah
      December 24, 2016 / 3:04 pm

      Did you email Customs what you actually paid? Customs is based on what you pay, not the original retail price. I got caught out like that with my first ever Torrid purchase but sent the receipt with what I paid and they recalculated the customs and I didn’t have to pay.

  4. Sarah
    December 23, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    The jegging jeans are super comfy, work out gear is amazing (looks so good on & you’ll be one of the few in it – bonus!) and the tops are amazing! I also love there sleepwear and dresses – basically it’s my favourite shop and I buy everything there.
    I also absolutely adore all their pop culture collections – it’s so hard to get pop culture clothes on plus size. I now own a number of Nightmare Before Christmas and Harry Potter themed clothes. FYI if you become a platinum member then you’ll get 1/2 price shipping!

    • December 23, 2016 / 2:02 pm

      To become a platinum member I have to spend USD $200 though, right? I’ve still got a wee way to go before I can clock that one! I feel like this is #goals though haha, might have to do another order…

      • Sarah
        December 23, 2016 / 2:27 pm

        I wasn’t trying to become a platinum member, it just happened… (might have a slight addiction to Torrid clothes but I also go in on a box of clothes with my Mum too). You also get $10 off discounts as a platinum member (I think after you spend a certain amount but I get one pretty much every time I buy a box) and you can accumulate them – they have an expiry date but can use multiple at a time, and that is on top of whatever store discount is applied.

        • December 23, 2016 / 2:31 pm

          HAHAHAHA I’m gonna use the “it just happened” line as well Good excuse to shop more right? Hehe.

  5. December 23, 2016 / 11:56 am

    I love their clothing but they are so darned expensive! I can’t afford that! Lol

    • December 23, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      You’re lucky that you have so many options in the US – Torrid prices are pretty standard for plus options here, only they have a lot more to choose from than we do in stores here. They always seem to have sales on as well!

  6. Jaqui
    December 23, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Thank you for this video 🙂
    I am always watching out for specials on Torrid but as soon as I apply the shipping I just leave it in the basket and walk away hahaha

    • December 23, 2016 / 10:47 am

      I have done that SO many times! Honestly, it was the Christmas jumper that tipped me over the edge, I had to have it!

  7. Victoria Nisbet
    December 23, 2016 / 9:35 am

    I’ve ordered online from Torrid quite a few times, always have had a code for free shipping when you spend a certain amount. I’ve never been stung with customs thank goodness! I buy all my jeans from there and anything else that tickles my fancy!

    • December 23, 2016 / 10:49 am

      You’re the second person to mention their jeans today, sounds like I might need to try them! I love that they have so many options.

  8. Kerry
    December 23, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I always look at Torrid but the cost of shipping is too much!!!! However, occasionally they will have a half price international shipping deal. You have to be quick, it’s usually just for a day. I love their graphic tees!

    • December 23, 2016 / 10:50 am

      Discounted shipping is the only way! I just can’t afford for half my customs allowance to go on postage. I wish Torrid would make their costs more reasonable, I know there are a lot of people who would shop there more if shipping was affordable

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