|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.