March 8, 2013

eShakti Review: Dress Like a Lady

Vintage, ladylike, timeless.
I have written about eShakti on My Fashion Confession before, but I recently got an email from one of the company's representatives asking me to write a review of one of the items from the company's spring line.  I took one look at their new items and said sure!

Custom Styling
If you have never heard of eShakti, here is the scoop: they are a company that makes gorgeous, customizable clothes in sizes 0-36W.  Have you ever loved everything about a dress but the sleeves?  Have you ever wished that the dress was the perfect length, no tailoring needed?  If so, eShakti might be a good fit for you.  

When I saw this dress I immediately fell in love with it, but there were a few things I wanted to change.  Customers ordering this dress are able to remove the embroidery, change the sleeve style, or choose the length of the dress that best suits their needs.  

I wanted to add short sleeves to the originally sleeveless dress so that I could wear it in air conditioned classrooms without a cardigan.  I chose to make this dress knee length, but could have specified that it come in short length, above knee length, or midcalf length. I entered my height in the order form and chose a standard size based on measurements I took of my bust, waist, and hips. The length and size were spot on.  I was really happy with the fit of the dress I received.  While custom styling adds a charge of $7.50, it is cheaper than having an item tailored elsewhere and it is really nice to get a dress in the mail that fits perfectly!

Most of eShakti's offerings are feminine, vintage-inspired dresses, skirts, tops and jackets.  If you like the clothes at Anthropologie or Modcloth, you will probably like eShakti's offerings as well.  

On a scale of Old Navy to Anthropologie, eShakti is somewhere in between in terms of price.  If you are used to buying $30 dresses at Old Navy, eShakti's $80 dresses might seem a bit pricey.  On the other hand if you frequently purchase $150 dresses at Anthropologie, eShakti will seem like a steal.  

I have never been disappointed with the quality of an eShakti item.  Their custom styling is really well done, they use good quality materials, and by washing them in cold water and air drying them I have found that they hold up well over time.

Bottom line: eShakti makes great clothes. I paired the dress with kitten heels and pearls here, but I could definitely see myself wearing it with pretty sandals when the weather warms up or pairing it with boots and a leather jacket now.  

Interested in getting your own custom dress from eShakti? Now through March 25, 2013 the company is offering a $25 coupon if you use the code TREFSHNCNF99 at checkout. Happy shopping!

*Full Disclosure: eShakti sent me the dress above free of charge for this review, but the opinions expressed are my honest assessment of my experience.

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