Review: eShakti

Here’s a thing I discovered over the holidays, y’all, and I’m never going back. I’d heard about eShakti but had never given it much thought, and now I’m wondering what other amazing things I need to reconsider.

The premise is pretty simple: pick out a dress, give them your measurements, and get a version of that dress that fits you perfectly. You can order by size (which is what I’ve done thus far, because the dress I bought is fit-and-flare and therefore only really needed to fit one part of me) or you can get it made bespoke to your actual measurements. Regardless of how you order a size, you then give your height (so “knee length” actually means knee length, rather than “three inches below your knees”), and for an additional $7.50 have the option to change the sleeves, neckline, length. You can also have pockets removed for free.

Here’s the dress I ordered, coming to you from Christmas 2013:

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SO STINKING PLEASED. The other important thing to know about eShakti is how very affordable it is. Most dresses fall between $50 and $70, and in the month (or so) I’ve been on their mailing list I’ve seen at least three “buy two, get one free” promotions.

Downsides: they charge for shipping, and I’ve yet to see a free shipping promotion. Also, customization charges don’t get refunded if you don’t like them – you’re basically committed to your purchase. That said, if you get to have it literally made to measure, I think it’s a considerably lower risk.

I’m in a bit of a money-saving place right now, so unfortunately there won’t be any B2GO sprees for me in the near future, but when my finances resume normal activity I’ve got my eye on this guy (but with short sleeves – HOW PEGGY OLSON, right?), this notched-collar beauty (as is), this red stunner (because everyone needs something gorgeous to wear that works perfectly fine with flip-flops but makes you feel fancy, and that pleating at the bust is so gorgeous), and possibly this chambray dress, though I’m pretty sure we’re on the tail end of the chambray trend.

Y’all. Made to order. It’s a petite curvy gal’s dream.

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