A few weeks ago, I was contacted by eShakti for a review of their clothing. As I’ve read about eShakti on a few other style blogs (like here and here), I was really excited about being able to try them out myself.
(And so was our cat, Ibsen, when the package from eShakti arrived!)
What, this package isn’t for me?! I will still inspect it for you, no charge.
What’s it all about, eh?
eShakti provides custom clothing at affordable prices, for sizes 0 through 36. You can choose standard sizing, or go the full customization route — even choosing different sleeving options, dress length, etc. And I love love LOVE the meaning behind their name. “Shakti” means “power” in Sanskirt, so internet + Shakti = eShakti.com. ♥
They have so much selection on their site, and I really like the focus on classic silhouettes with modern details; some items also have a vintage-y, retro vibe. Their site is easy to navigate, with easy-to-relate-to sub-categories such as “9 to 5 blouses” under the Tops category. Overall, their site — as well as their unique business concept — is quite thoughtful, with a lot of emphasis on clothing options for working women (of all sizes). In fact, there was SO much selection that I had a difficult time narrowing down my personal choice! In the end, I picked out 3 options that included tailored details, in order for me to be able to fully review the customization option, and I solicited feedback on my personal Facebook account. I ended up choosing…. (drum roll) ….
… the aubergine twill dress!
(Note: I took pics both inside and outside, to demonstrate how the color looks under various lighting.)
I love the feminine silhouette of this dress, and the fit-and-flare skirt is quite flattering for my figure. I also like that the tie sash comes separate; therefore, you could leave off the sash or add another belt or sash for a different look. The fabric feels substantial and high-quality, and the bodice is fully lined. There are also thoughtful details like these thin strips on the shoulders (see below) to help keep your bra strap in place.
I went the full customization route, and adding your custom measurements is really easy. There are helpful graphics so you can make sure you’re measuring the correct thing — just click the question mark icon beside each measurement category, as seen below. Also, as a taller lady, I appreciate the options to choose a longer skirt length (which I did).
And the dress has pockets! 🙂 Also, it’s machine-washable. ♥
Even with all my customizations, including measurements for shoulders, chest, bust, and under bust, the bodice of this dress still runs large on me. This is really disappointing, as that’s one of the main features of this dress! Therefore, the empire waist really isn’t an empire waist on me. The main issue seems to be the length of the straps. Look at how much extra fabric there is! Sam pinned up the extra fabric in the back for most of these pics, for a better fit.
So I think I will take this dress down to our local dry cleaners who have also tailored a few things for us, and see if they can shorten the straps. The only thing I’m worried about is that since the bodice is fully lined, will this end up being a big deal? I’ll keep you posted. It’s such a lovely dress that I think it will be worth it, but I’m disappointed that I have to spend a little extra time (and money) to get it 100% perfect. It’s also important to note that while the bodice is fully lined, the bottom half is not. Considering the overall high quality of this dress, I found the absence of a skirt liner a little odd.
The dress is lovely, the color is spectacular, and I feel pretty wearing it. It will be a great option for dressier events, and every girl needs a “special” dress or two in her wardrobe, right?! The ordering process was super-simple and user-friendly, and that’s a BIG plus. It does seem, however, that their sizing runs a bit big in general, so that’s something I will have to keep in mind for the future. But overall, I am quite pleased with my first eShakti experience, and I will be checking out more of their selections! 🙂
- Dress: c/o eShakti
- Silver heels: Boutique shoe store, Abu Dhabi, 2009
- Silver sequin clutch: Abu Dhabi, 2009
- Pearl earrings and bracelet: Parting gifts from work colleagues, Abu Dhabi, 2011
- Pearl necklace: Wedding gift from my husband, 2001