REVIEW: eSHAKTI

Headband- Etsy/Dress- eShakti/Shoes- ASOS

It seems like plus size clothing retailers are always asking we, the fatties, what we are looking for from them. When we answer with a unanimous "WE JUST WANT THE SAME CLOTHES YOU OFFER THIN PEOPLE," they apparently think we are joking. There are companies that do this (Dorothy Perkins and Evans come to mind immediately), but they are few and far between. This situation is quite aggravating, as I strongly believe ALL people have a right to on-trend clothing and the pursuit of personal style, regardless of size.

When the lovely folks at eShakti contacted me recently about reviewing a dress for them, I jumped at the chance! I have been wanting to try them out for a long time now, so I was ecstatic that they chose me to review one of their beautiful products. For those of you who don't know, eShakti is an online boutique that carries their entire stock (of their own designs only) in every size from 0 to 36! (Not to belabor the point, but I simply do NOT understand why every clothing company doesn't do this.) And not only do they carry basically every size, they do CUSTOM SIZING as well (for free the first time, then for a small and very reasonable fee from then on).

I am not a size that exists on the rack, at all. Ever. Anywhere. As I have mentioned before, I am super unproportional (thanks to my gigantic boobs). A classic inbetweenie. Most of my clothing is actually rather ill-fitting, and I do what I can to hide that fact. I have long dreamed of owning a simple, but dramatic, very structured dress. I really thought the only way I would find what I'm looking for was to make one for myself. Turns out, that is not the case. For under a hundred bucks, eShakti will custom cut a dress, blouse, skirt, or jacket for you. Can you imagine? A ready-to-wear garment created just for you.

Their business model is really cool, and makes a whole lot of sense. To keep costs to the customer low, and cut down on overstock, they don't actually "stock" any sizes. Every single dress is cut and made to order. eShakti takes their products very seriously, and if something does happen to go awry, their customer service is top notch.

Now, I'll show you how to order.
First, pick whatever the hell dress you want. Cause guess what? THEY'RE LITERALLY ALL YOUR SIZE. With are so many choices, I suggest you make an awesome one.

 Second, if you're lucky enough to be an industry standard size, you can use the 'standard size' tab. But if you're all over the place, like me, click on the custom size tag. All of these measurements are ones you can do yourself, save for the shoulder measurement. For that one, I would recommend either asking a friend, or measuring across the shoulders of a shirt or dress that fits you well.

 
Now, possibly the most fun part of this entire process- the styling! You can style the dress in whatever way you see fit. These aren't even all the options. Each dress has different styling options. I opted for the elbow length sleeve, with the above-knee length skirt. I'm a sucker for an elbow-length sleeve, and all of my dresses are too short.
When I was first writing this post, I was going to warn you guys that most of their dresses are plain and require a lot of accessorizing. But I have just gone back and checked the site, and I have to say that they have really stepped their game up! There are SO many ridiculously cute dresses on there now that I absolutely must have. I am just so pleased with the way my dress came out, I honestly have never been so emotional over a dress in my life. It's a magical feeling to put on a dress and have it just hug you perfectly. It's so comforting. I basically want to live in this dress, and it does have pockets, so I think that it might be possible...

37 comments:

  1. Great review. I also bemoan the fact that not more high street/online stores are offering larger sizes. The custom sizing option is a plus too

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    1. it's wonderful! sincerely. unfortunately i messed up on measuring my arms a bit, but i can probably fix that! (i hope!)

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  2. Perfect as always. I like eShakti but right now my budget isn't too good haha. :)

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    1. i know, same here to be honest, hahah. i probably couldn't have shopped there had they not sent it to me for free. however, i think there are times when it's worth a hundred bucks for a good fitting dress (if you have a hundred bucks....)!

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  3. bbgurl you look EXTRAORDINARY. This is so, so great.

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    1. it's one of my fav cheapies! kate moss for rimmel #4!

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  5. This dress looks amazing and perfect on you! I love how you styled it, the shoes make your legs look super long, and the headband adds just the right amount of personality.

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    1. thanks so much julie!! i was worried i wasn't accessorizing enough.

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  6. Wow , cool style, cool blog
    LOVE IT
    why do I know it only now??

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    1. thank you! i am still very new at this! i've only been around for a few months.

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  7. So clever, and so good to know.
    You look stunning in that black dress. Love, love, love your glasses and RIP headband.
    Pure magic!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. Guh, you look amazing! I've always wanted to shop at eshakti, but they don't ship to Australia. Think I may look at mail forwarding one day because really, they have some amazing designs! So in love with your headband too!

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    1. thanks natalie! that sucks that they won't ship to you. i think it's just really important that someone is catering to people who otherwise can't buy off the rack! i hope they're successful and that other companies take note.

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  9. The dress is perfectly tailored and you look stunning!A black dress offers always creative solutions and you styled it in a simple yet brilliant way!!That headband is a great touch, too bad that I visited the shop and there's no one left!The shoes are amazing too!Finally I remembered to add your blog to my favourite reads, I adore your style!
    xxx

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  10. You look so pretty in this dress! I love your classic take on it, but with a really interesting twist with that awesome headband. :)

    xo,
    Sabrina
    http://www.rougespark.com

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  11. That dress looks amaaaaaaazing on you!

    -Andi x

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  12. WOAH. HOLD UP. tombstone crown with wednesday addams dress? SLAY ME. AHHHHNingiGIpjp

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  13. You look so pretty!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  14. I love this. As someone with curves with weird lanky proportions - the idea of special orders that don't cost crazy $$.

    - Nicole

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    1. it seriously costs at least half that much to sew your own, plus it takes forever! $80-100 is worth it, i think.

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  15. Sounds like an awesome site! I'm definitely going to look into it :)
    That headband is amazing!!

    Best,
    Samantha

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  16. This is super cool, and the dress looks amazing! I will definitely check out this site. And your review is so well-written!

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  17. that heeeeeaaadddbaaaannnd!!!!!!!! so cool

    SS xx

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  18. This dress is gorgeous on you, Erin T.! And I'm completely in love with that headband.

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  19. Ah! That dress! You look gorgeous! :) I get frustrated by the lack of plus sized clothes too. I'd love to be able to go to local stores and find fashionable clothing, but it's just not available... thank heavens for online shopping! :)

    - Sasha
    www.bohemianfaerie.com

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  20. Very chic. I bought myself a dark lipstick, similar hue. Looks so elegant.

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  21. just beautiful! It reminds me of a diner waitress dress from the 50s and I want one of those!! x

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  22. That is an absolutely stunning dress, and so exciting to be able to get things like this in plus sizes, especially custom fits (my arms are a whole different size to all my other measurements).
    I've heard some pretty mixed things about eShakti's customer service though.

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  23. wow, you scored such a perfect little black dress! and i cannot agree more.... while it is a shame more companies do not offer all their styles for all the ladies out here, cheers for eshakti for seizing this opportunity and offering great service and a beautiful selection.

    http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/

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  24. omg i love this outfit,and the shooes are so cute!!
    Yasmine
    http://inyasuniverse.blogspot.be/

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  26. It seriously costs at least half that much to sew your own, plus it takes forever! $80-100 is worth it, i think.
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  27. There is a new website launched which does custom clothing for women and they ship to Australia. You should check it out. It is raues.com and they have an introductory offer of 20% for first time customers. Happy shopping!

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