Confession: I browsed eShakti’s website for years before finally making a purchase. I was intrigued by its mission to provide custom clothing for women size 0-36 that “that is made for them and makes them look their absolute best.” (This modest fashionista considers customization a God send). I liked the selection of dresses in fun colors and whimsical prints. But I wasn’t sure I could afford their beautiful custom made dresses. Then eShakti started running major promotions – I’m talking $35-40 off your first purchase + major site-wide discounts. That was enough to encourage me to take the plunge. 2 dresses and one skirt later, I guess you can say I’m hooked. There is something so rewarding about getting a tailor made dress for less than $50 (?!). Rather than rant to you about how much I love eShakti, let me show you why in this detailed review. (By the way, this dress was not provided by eShakti. These are my honest opinions. Affiliate links ahead.)
The dress I’m wearing in this post (similar dress here) was originally $99.95, but don’t worry, I didn’t pay nearly that much for it. When I purchased this dress, eShakti was running a site-wide sale with every item 30-50% off and giving $35 coupons to new customers (promos on promos, y’all!). After the new customer discount was applied to the sale price, the dress came to $14.95 (crazy, right?!). After paying $11.95 for shipping, the dress came to a grand total of $26.90. I was VERY pleased with that total.
From what I’ve observed, eShakti frequently has generous promotions. On top of that, eShakti has an overstocked section where the dresses are permanently marked down 30-50% off.
A few things to keep in mind: 1) They are currently running a $40 off your first order promo and a buy 2 get 1 free/ buy 3 get 2 free promo. (hint hint: you can combine both promos and potentially get three dresses for less than $100). 2) eShakti offers free customization for first-time customers. Repeat customers will have to pay an additional $8-$16 for alterations per garment. They also do not refund alteration fees. Find out more about land based casinos in California here. Whomps.
We all know how absolutely frustrating it can be to find a nearly perfect dress that is too short, too low cut, or doesn’t have sleeves (like my favorite Anthropologie dress). eShakti eliminates those problems by allowing you to choose your desired neckline, sleeve and hem length. With this dress, I chose the cap sleeve and knee length options to ensure it provided enough coverage for me, and I chose to remove the pockets to prevent bulkiness in the front. I’m so glad I did because this dress is certified bulk-free.
The waist is a bit roomy, but that may be entirely my fault. Instead of carefully taking and imputing my body measurements for the complete customization experience, I chose the easy lazy customization method: I only entered my height and desired sleeve and dress lengths. Thankfully the princess seams and banded waist gave the dress a feminine shape and brought in the waist a bit. Even without the custom sizing, I think the dress fits well enough.
Something to keep in mind: In order to get the best fit, you need to take several measurements of your body. eShakti provides a detailed guide on its website that’s easy to follow, but you may want to get some assistance from a seamstress family member/friend before placing your first order.
I like ponte knits in general, and this ponte dress didn’t disappoint (for those of you needing clarification, ponte is a combination of rayon/polyester/spandex). The faric is thick enough to last multiple washes without showing signs of wear and light enough for me to wear it in the spring and summer. I also adore this fun magenta color.
I’m no seamstress, so I turned to my mom for a more…errr…professional opinion: “clean lines, good stitching, finished properly. Yup, this is a well-made dress.” That’s all the approval I need to declare this a quality dress.
eShakti has a wide variety of custom dresses, skirts, and tops (now they even sell pants!) – but that variety is a blessing and a curse. If you suffer from polarization due to choice overload like me, the large selection of clothing may be overwhelming for you. That’s part of the reason it took me a while to order. I couldn’t make up my mind!
That said, the selection is handy because you can find a dress or skirt for ANY occasion on eShakti. Lightweight dresses that are perfect for spring and summer. Check. Modest bridesmaid and formal dresses. Check. Work appropriate dresses. Triple check.
This was my least favorite part of the eShakti experience. Every items is manufactured in India and cut to order. That means customers have to wait 2-3 weeks to receive their orders. I’ll admit I’m a slightly spoiled consumer who is used to free shipping and delivery within 3-6 business days (Ok whatever, I’m a brat). Waiting was unpleasant, but I was thrilled to receive my first package within 2 weeks as advertised, and eShakti did a good job of communicating throughout the shipping process. My package even came with a cute mini tape measure so I can accurately measure myself in the future (that’s if I don’t take the lazy way out again. I make no promises.).
My second package is another story. 3 weeks and counting, and still no goods. On top of a delayed delivery, I have to deal with DHL’s nonsense. DHL apparently has this ridiculous policy that they won’t provide a time window for delivery, so you have sit around all day waiting for the package to arrive. Yea, that’s definitely a reasonable request. I’m currently doing just that – hoping, waiting, and wishing for my package to arrive, all while NOT going to the bathroom for fear of missing my delivery.
Even with the 2-3 week shipping process, I highly recommend eShakti. With the crazy promotions they frequently, eShakti is definitely worth a try. Beautiful, quality dresses that are tailor made for your body. I once thought that sounded too good to be true, but now I’m a believer.
If I’ve successfully imparted my love for eShakti upon you, you might want to check out some of their other super cute dress: