Saturday, July 25, 2015
In October of 2012, I received an email about a company that described themselves as a "fresh concept in custom clothing." The company, eShakti, offered to send me a free custom-made product. It sounded too good to be true, so I thought the offer was spam and never looked at it again.
Now fast-forward to a couple months ago. I started realizing that the clothing I was buying was "perfect... but" meaning that I was always wishing that I could slightly modify the on-the-rack styles at my favorite stores. "How great would that dress be with a scoop neck instead of the v-necklne?" "Ahh.. I wish this dress was about two-inches longer so I could wear it to work?" Sound familiar? So I started looking online for custom made dresses. I ended up finding a lot of online sites that claimed to make copies of famous designs. Those sites all had sorts of terrible reviews. Actually, I would suggest google-ing "custom made fail" if you'd like to get a good laugh...
|Not exactly what that customer wanted|
I noticed that a lot of bloggers had the opportunity to review a product from the site, so like any advantageous 20-something I decided to reach out to the company to see if I too could review a product. eShakti responded and let me pick out something to review. I researched past blogger's reviews and decided to not choose something with an elastic waist back and to choose one of the more classic styles because the trendier cut pieces were more hit or miss.
I decided to go with this dress:
I chose a simple black dress hoping that I could wear it to work and just have it in my closet. Since moving to NYC I've been trying to acquire more black clothing pieces.
The way eShakti works is that every item is fully customizable (some styles more than others). You can chose your size and height or put in custom measurements. I actually find that Im a standard size so I chose that size and went with a 5'2" height (I'm between 5'2" and 5'3"). I changed the sleeve length to 3/4 sleeves (my favorite) and I chose the above knee length. I thought it was funny that there was a free option to remove pockets. Who would ever remove pockets from dresses? I'm of the belief that pockets are like the best thing ever.
Two weeks later, I received notification that my dress had been shipped and my dress took another week and a half before it was on my doorstep. 3 1/2 weeks for a custom made dress really wasn't so bad, but it certainly came slower than something off-the-rack.
Now on to my review (and I promise this isn't sponsored- they are my 100% honest thoughts):
The dress is made of a thick jersey knit. I am so so pumped that it is machine washable. There is nothing I hate more than paying tons of money to dry clean something or having to hand-wash a dress that didn't cost enough to be worth the time.
The stitching on the dress is top quality and I like the side zipper.
Here you can see the dress on me. I am so glad I did not go with anything longer. Yes this is above the knee length but I feel like it's still a little longer than I would like. Overall the dress fits me well and I will definitely be wearing it. The waist hits at the right place and this is a go-to style for me. It's super useful and now that I know the quality I might go with something a little more "fun." I also might choose a dress that allows you to choose the neckline. I have no problem with the sweetheart but I might choose a boatneck or a square instead (this neckline is a bit low for work).
- Machine washable!
- Quality of fabric/ stitching
- Customized for you
- Pockets. Don't add them unless you want the extra fabric and weight.
- Wait time (but its understandable due to the nature of the garment)
Would I order again? I already have! I am now an eShakti girl! Honestly the site always has sales (think first-time coupons, and clearance blow-outs) and for $40-50 for some of the sale styles its ridiculous not to try out the custom made frocks. I haven't yet placed an order for separates but since dress pants are so hard for me I might take the plunge.
I honestly think eShakti is a great site for the right customers. In order to be successful and love your eShakti products, you need to know what flatters your body. Certain cuts are probably not going to work for you no matter how well they are fitted to your body. For me, I know that I need to nip in my waist and that I look terrible in drop-waist and styles that aren't fitted on the back. My other tips? Be detailed if you decide to go with the custom sizing. Don't be afraid to reach out to customer service if you're not satisfied. They actually do accept returns and can help you determine why you didnt like your garment and how to fix the problem for future purchases.
I now follow all of their social media pages: Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. I especially enjoy reading reviews and seeing the products on real people on Tumblr. Its amazing to see all the different customizations of the same dress!