8.22.2014

an [oomph] review. eshakti.

[i received one dress for purposes of review; opinions good or bad are 100% mine.]

let me preface this post by saying that i have personally shopped at eshakti prior to this review and was more than pleased with the items i received. regardless of my feelings about this particular experience, i would still make future purchases as well as recommend the site to others.

i'm sure you're all familiar with eshakti, an online clothing retailer that provides fit and style customization. this is a great option for those who are shorter or taller than average, have a longer or shorter torso, or anything else that makes you special! for me, it's my height. everything is too long for my 5'-2" frame. you can also purchase standard sizes without any customization.


i selected this lace up cotton print dress. it's not my style, but of the items available to me at the time, this was the only one i felt i could make work...possibly a beach cover-up because of its boho vibe? 

the default length for this dress was 'above the knee', and per the diagram on the site, it literally grazed the top of the knee caps. because i'm short, i decided to shorten the length to 'mini' which is mid-thigh. the dress on the left is what i received.

i was told the dress was processed at 34.5" per my height. it hits my knees and is definitely not mini. they were more than happy to rectify this, so i took 5 inches off their measurement and requested a length of 29". based on the original dress, this would hit mid-thigh if not slightly longer.


the dress on the right is the new length. mini, for sure. too mini! we just couldn't get it right. i felt frumpy in the original dress, so the new length is definitely more wearable as a beach cover-up and for lounging at the beach house.

length aside, the dress was not what i expected with a texture i can't describe. it's stiff and the heavier material makes it hot. if you wanted to close the gaping neckline, the ties don't stay tied because the balls are too heavy, and eventually the straps around the neck and at the arms just become a tangled mess getting caught on everything.


whether you need customization or not, eshakti has many other great styles to choose from. check out the other beachy white dress i purchased. definitely one of my faves!

do you have the need to alter your clothes?
have you tried eshakti? if so, tell me about your experience.

23 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry you had a poor experience! It's tough online sometimes. I've received a dress and skirt from eShakti and both times = amazing.

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    1. yes, it's tough not being able to "try things on" before buying online, but definitely worth it for convenience. glad you had great experiences with them!

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  2. Cover ups should cover and be cool! So disappointing. Maybe they're venturing into too many areas. Hmmm

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  3. glad they were able to fix the dress for you. Have a great weekend.

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  4. I alter my own clothes often enough, from destroying t-shirts to shortening hems or removing sleeves and taking things in at the waist. I might have once shopped from eshakti when I spent all my time in an office lusting after things but now I have more self control and less money hah.

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    1. i hear you, it definitely is a luxury to get custom clothing!!

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  5. The new length is much better I think :)

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  6. I actually just received my dress from eShakti and am posting my review on Monday! I think it looks really comfy and cute, but you're right, probably a little too "mini" at the new length. Bummer! =(

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  7. Hmmm, I think I prefer my coverups to be a little more sheer. Still, it's a cute dress.

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    1. yes, sheer would be much more comfortable in the heat!

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  8. I love the clothes cute and stylish. BUT curious do they have plus size?

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  9. Beautiful dress! You look amazing!

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  10. I have to get things altered all the time, so annoying but it makes a huge difference!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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  11. Love it! That outfit is adorable!!

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  12. Just looking at some of the other stuff you've worn, I can definitely tell it's not a "you" piece, but you still managed to rock it!

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  13. I think they have great options and I love all of the different ways that the looks can be customized.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  14. Oh very beautiful dress sweetie!
    xx

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  15. i've had hit and miss with them, but they're good to try.

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  16. I totally love eShakti's affordable customization....and love your cute tunic!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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