I’ll be changing things up a bit with today’s post. Instead of baking I’ll be talking about clothing. Specifically, I’ll be reviewing a dress I got from eShakti.com. eShakti, a vintage inspired woman’s online clothing store, specializing in customizable pieces ranging from sizes 0 to 36W, contacted me to ask if I was interested in reviewing a piece of clothing for them. So, wait, I get to review a cute piece of clothing, and I get to keep it? Uh, yes please!
Thus began a long drawn out process, all of which was my fault. I knew they were offering to give me free customization on the piece I was to review, but not being familiar with such an opportunity, I chose one of their standard sized dresses, because the measurements where pretty close to my own. That was a mistake. Why get a dress that’s “pretty close” to your size when you can get a dress that is exactly your size?!? Yeah, I don’t know why I didn’t think it through better.
After browsing their many pieces, I decided on the Her Fifties Sundress in crimson (I don’t think this color is available anymore but the “poppy red” looks similar). The first dress I received (the standard sized one) was too big in the bust which made everything fit all wrong. I could have reviewed this dress, but I really wanted to see what the dress would be like if it fit right. Luckily, eShakti.com has amazing customer service, and allowed me to return the item and order the same dress with my customized measurements this time. Generally, customization only costs an extra $7.50, which is an amazingly affordable price. You can also choose to change the neckline shape or alter the sleeves or hem length if available for the piece you want to buy. Find out more about their customizeable options here.
A few weeks later, after receiving the ill-fitting dress, returning it, and receiving the better fitting dress, I finally had a great piece to review. I have got to thank eShakti for working so closely with me to get me a product that I would love! Here is all the good and bad about the dress I received:
- Cute retro style
- It fit well with my customized measurements
- The dress is well made
- It has snaps under the dress straps where you can attach your bra straps to hide them (refer to the picture to the right).
- There is an invisible side zipper to give you more room to get the dress on (although it was a little difficult to zip up).
- It has pockets (but you can get it made without pockets if you like).
- Wrinkles easily
- It shows sweat stains very easily and also my deodorant really liked to rub off onto the dress (if you got this dress in black, the sweat problem may not be as noticeable).
- Without a petticoat, the skirt is a little limp.
Overall, the pros outweighed the cons. I really love this dress, though I might have to wear a cardigan over it to cover those pit stains!
eShakti has so many styles to choose from. With their spring line just released, you have a lot of new pieces to browse including dresses, skirts, and tops. Also, for any upcoming brides out there, they have a great bridesmaid dress section set up to help you find the perfect fit, color, and style for all your bridesmaids!
Besides having great clothes, I really like that everything on eShakti is very affordable, the shipping is quick (even for customized pieces), they can make items in so many sizes, and the customer service, in my experience, has been quick to reply and helpful.
Now for the fun part!
BUY IT: They are offering my readers 20% off with the coupon code SHNESKLLER (expires 3/20/13).
UPDATE (3/4/13): Good news! Due to a glitch, some blogger coupon codes did not work when people tried to use them, so they’ve fixed the issue and have extended the 20% off offer until March 20th!
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According to the website, if you’re new to eShakti.com you can save $25 on your first order if you register with their site! Not sure if this is stackable with the coupon code above but it’s worth checking out.
WIN IT: On top of all of these great discounts, they are also giving away to one of my readers one item of choice under $75 from eShakti.com! Fantastic!
To Enter: Fill out the Rafflecopter widget below. The only mandatory entries are to enter your name and email address and to follow eShakti on Pinterest. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, you can sign up for one here for free.
Time period: Giveaway begins on 3/1/13 at 12:01am EST and will end on 3/22/13 at 11:59pm EST.
The Prize: One item of choice under $75 from eShakti.com.
Giveaway is open to all legal residents of USA and Canada who are 18+ years of age.
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I might choose the Metallic button A-line dress
I love the Vintage Camo Print Dress. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Contrast bow-tie sheath dress
Military Style Sweater
I would pick the Contrast Belted Stripe Knit Dress! Thanks so much for the giveaway! Their clothes are super cute and I wanted to just say… I am in love with your shoes!!
Thank you! I found the shoes used at a Plato’s Closet and then decorated them myself with white dots and red bows. They were for a Pop Art Comic Girl costume I did for Halloween last year.
I would love to have the knotical cotton poplin dress. Very cute dress.
Love the Brooklyn Dress!
Gingham check cotton dress
My daughters have started wearing EShakti dresses and they’re gorgeous! I think I’m in love with this one: http://www.eshakti.com/Product/CL0026058/Silver-floral-eyelet-dress
I would like the Chevron pleat poplin dress!
I love the Virginia dress. I would most likely choose that one.
I love the Retro style zigzag print dress! 🙂
I feel torn between the Simply black poplin dress & the Dots large and small halter dress.
I love eShakti and I would buy so many of their dresses if I could! Right now I’m a little obsessed with the Bicycle made for two frock. I love bikes!
I like the Buttercup cotton knit dress!
I might choose the Brooklyn dress
I love the Ashley dress! 🙂
I love the Draped Front cotton knit top
I adore the Aurora dress!!!
email@example.com I would choose the Pleated shawl poplin dress
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They’re all so pretty. I would probably get the Pleated diamond knit dress.
Thanks for the giveaway!! =)
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I really like the scallop trimmed poplin.
I”d love the retro chambray shirtdress.
I might choose the Chelsea dress.
I would choose this lovely shirt:
The Red Goddess Dress is stunning!
I really like the green Gingham check cotton dress. Thanks for the chance to win!
I would love the Shirred denim chambray maxi dress. Thanks!
I think I would get a lot of use out of the Ruched Front Knit Dress! 🙂
Can;t decide on just one dress, but I know i’d customize to have elbow length sleeves, my arms are a problem area 🙁
Love the Claire dress
The main thing of winning is my wife would enjoy the experience of shopping without a cost, but I can tell that likely contenders would be “Draped faux-wrap crepe dress” and, if paying the difference for a more expensive item is an option, “Art deco little black dress”.
It’s so hard to choose! But if I won, i think I’d go with the Bird’s Eye View dress.
I love the black vintage lace dress!!!!
I like the Denim Chambray Cotton Dress
I think that I might select he Seamed stretch sheath dress. Thanks for the great giveaway! 😀
Black and white graphic print dress – love it
I’d get the Ashley dress! Adorable!
Cute dress! Check out my giveaway 🙂
I would choose the Dotted Retro Poplin Shirtdress.
i would love one of the pencil skirts!
I’m loving the Cranes in the Reeds dress, but if I won, I’d go for the Savannah in the orangey red color. 🙂
I am loving the Simply Black Poplin Dress!
Ack! So many lovelies, so hard to choose! But the Havana dress has appeal!
I love the Her fifties floral print dress!!
I LOVE the Virginia dress 🙂
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I feel ridiculous….but I can’t find a widget for Rafflecopter in the post? What am I doing wrong? Thanks!
Never mind! Sigh.
I would probably choose the Virginia dress. I have to get a mother of the groom dress (yay) for a wedding in October, and this would be perfect….although, it is more than $75 – so if they wouldn’t allow me to pay the difference, I would change my pick to the ruffle cotton knit dress, and then buy a pretty shawl to go over it!
Wow, so many great designs! One that stood out to me was the Her fifties colorblock dress – adorable!!
the Pleated ombre knit dress looks great
I like Black trim poplin shirtdress.
I’d get the Graphic diamond print dress
I’d get the Ruffle cascade dress
STYLE # CL0024414.
I like the Contrast trim poplin dress 🙂
The dress you picked looks great! Red is so your color!
I absolutely love this website and never have heard of it before so thank you for reviewing it.
I LOVE the 50’s style and regularly wear clothes from http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com. I love numerous things from this site but especially love the Asley Dress and its black and white print.
love the candy dots sheath dress
a dress have some important occasions coming up a nice dre3ss would be great
I think I’d get the two-toned poplin dress.
I would love this top — http://www.eshakti.com/Product/CL0025755/Floral-bows-ruched-sleeve-tee
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i like the retro style graphic leaf dress
Anything with dots or ruffles. I especially like the pretty bows blouse.
Thank you for the fun giveaway! I’d choose the Admiralty Blue dress
Its a todd up between the Bird song two-tone dress and the Felicity dress… Either way, I’m def a new client! I love these dresses.
that was suppose to say “toss up”
These dresses are gorgeous! I am having a hard time picking a fave!
Love that Vivid dot print crepe dress!
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