We recently got to try out a clothing company called eShakti that specializes in custom clothing. It’s a pretty fun concept- you select the style you like and then adjust the sleeves, length, collar, and more to your liking. You can order your selection using standard clothing sizes (anywhere from 0-36W) or input your measurements to get a piece made just for you. We each got to pick something we wanted to try and here are our experiences.
Molly: I really like the idea of customizable clothing. Far too often I find something that I like only to have it be too short, with an awkward fit, or just not quite what I was expecting. eShakti eliminates those feelings because I can pick out just what I want. I was really excited to order something. I figured it would end up being really great or a total disaster, I wasn’t sure which.
Lucky for me, it turned out really well. I ended up choosing this Plaid Print Georgette Shirtdress. This isn’t a style that I would have usually picked out but I thought the plaid was perfect for fall and it would be fun to try something new. I customized my dress quite a bit- not only did I make a lot of style adjustments but I also used my measurements instead of selecting a preset size.
I changed the collar to a shirt collar style and turned the sleeves into long sleeves. I also eliminated the pockets that come standard on all eShakti dresses. I kept the length as above knee, which to me is actually knee length, so keep that in mind if you order from them. The process was really fun and I like how they ask for your height so they can make the right length just for you (I’m 5’9″ so knee length for me would be quite different than someone who’s 5’2″).
I was really happy with the dress I received. I got it in less than two weeks and it fit perfectly, like it was made just for me! The quality was also a lot better than I was expecting. I’m really happy I kept the length, I think it’s perfect for this style of dress. I love the shirt collar and I’m glad I took out the pockets, I think they would have been too bulky for this dress. I’m very happy with my sleeve choice. I don’t have any other long sleeve dresses and I love how this one looks if I bunch the sleeves up.
I was really happy with my eShakti experience although there are a few changes I would make. eShakti has a big target market so not all of the styles suited my taste, although plenty of them did. I wish they offered more fabric selections for each style (there were a few dresses that I really liked but I didn’t like the color or print). I also think it would be super helpful to have an interactive feature that allowed you to see what your design would actually look like- for example I could see a picture of this dress on a model and see how it looked if I changed the length. Overall, I loved my experience and I’m so happy with the dress I got! I will be ordering from eShakti a lot more in the future, especially since they have such great sales (buy two get one free and buy three get two free seem to come up a lot).
Stacie: I was really excited for the opportunity to try eShakti. They had so many options from fancy dresses for weddings to casual sundresses to jackets and pants – they really had something for every occasion. With so items to choose from, it took me forever to select this Floral Lace Back Ponte Dress. I ultimately went with this style because it seemed versatile enough to dress up for a night out or throw on a cardigan and wear to work! Plus who doesn’t love a little black dress! This style’s not currently available on the site but they have a few other little black dresses to choose from.
The style of this dress was pretty simple in the front with a small cut out but the detail in the back was quite intricate. I loved the floral design on the back – it adds a fun touch to an otherwise classic little black dress. Since this dress was pretty simple, I didn’t have as nearly as many customization options as Molly did. I selected the option to shorten the dress to “above knee length” which I felt really was more of knee length. I would have preferred the dress to be just a couple inches shorter. I opted to keep the standard pockets because I LOVE dresses with pockets! I also went with a standard size because I was nervous about being able to take my measurements correctly! The site did give really specific directions on how to take your measurements so I think next time I would attempt to order by my measurements. The dress fit really well except for the floral sleeves in the back which were a little loose- which if I had fully customized the size probably would have fit a little better. Even with choosing a standard size, I still included my height so they could alter the proportions of the dress just for me!
My dress also arrived within two weeks – seemed pretty quick for being shipped internationally! I thought the quality of the dress was also really nice. My dress was made with thick material, was fully lined, and there were no loose threads or zipper problems. I also thought their standard sizes were true to size.
I’m really happy with the dress I received! Ordering online from a new company can sometimes be hit or miss for me but this worked out really well! I thought the dress fit really well and is a fun little black dress to add to my collection! I can’t wait to dress it up for my company holiday party next month!
Overall, I had a great experience ordering with eShakti! My dress was high quality and fit great. The ordering process was simple and I loved all the customization options. The site does seem to cater to women of all age ranges so some of the options were not my style but the site had quite a few items I really liked. I would definitely order from here again.
On Molly: Dress: eShakti Plaid Print Georgette Shirtdress, similar styles here, here, and here // Sunglasses: Forever 21, similar here // Belt: J. Crew, similar here, and here // Boots: BCBGeneration, similar here and here // Clutch: Target, similar here // Necklaces: Gorjana, similar here, Macy’s // Earrings: similar here // Bracelet: Gorjana Leather Wrap Bracelet // Lipstick: Maybelline Vivid Rose // Nail Polish: OPI DS Lapis
On Stacie: Dress: eShakti Floral Lace Back Ponte Dress, also love the black party dresses here, here, and here // Jacket: Target, similar here // Boots: Sole Society // Leather Tote: Street Level // Bracelet: Jewelmint // Lipstick: YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 19 Fuchsia Pink
-Molly and Stacie
We received both of these dresses for free from eShakti but all opinions in this post are our own. This post contains some affiliate links.