I’ll be reviewing my latest eShakti order next week, but I thought I’d put up this guide since I’d gotten questions from some people about how I used the custom styling on my dresses. It’s easy to go wrong, even with custom options, if you’re full busted. And this hasn’t come up since I haven’t had to return any dresses and there aren’t a ton of non-sponsored eShakti reviews, but let’s be honest – returning dresses that don’t fit to India for a refund is expensive, stressful and a waste of money. Today I’m going to talk about some things I look for when I try and figure out if a dress is a match with me, as well as some tips I have for making your orders turn out better. I’m a huge fan of eShakti, but I also think that it helps to know what you’re doing when you order.
Use all of the custom measurements available and double check them before you order:
It’s easy to feel like your custom needs are based mostly on your bust to waist ratio, but making a dress fit properly encompasses way more than that. While it may seem easier to try a standard size or just plug in your bust and waist measurements, don’t take the easy way out. You’ll need another person to help you with some of the measurements, but if you don’t change size much then you won’t have to go through the process again anytime soon. We’ll see how some of these weird finicky measurements effect your final dress later.
Don’t go out on a limb:
I love eShakti, but I think it’s less a place to experiment then a place to find new ways to reinvent your current style. When in doubt, go with silhouettes that you know work for you and think about how your new purchase would fit in with your existing style and favorite color palette. Everyone has a fashion version of a happy place, so make sure your new dress fits into yours.
Think about how the dress matches up with your body:
I’m insanely shortwaisted, so I tend to go with empire waist dresses with waist defining elements that can be customized to work with my curves. The customization is doing some of the work for me there, but the basic dress design isn’t fighting my body either. If you’re long waisted, taller, or have broad shoulders then you can find a dress shape that works with you at the start – don’t make it harder by finding something that will fight your figure and then try to customize it.
If you’re full busted, add sleeves:
Lots of eShakti dresses start out as sleeveless dresses, but if you’re full busted then sleeves should be part of your standard customization. Again, this is about taking away one common problem area – even when customized, it’s hard to guarantee that a sleeveless dress won’t show your bra on the sides. By using all of the custom measurements you’ll ensure that you avoid the other problems that full busted women have, like your armholes pulling forward or getting stuck with t-rex arms when your sleeves don’t have enough ease and you can’t move normally. Luckily, eShakti usually offers several sleeve types with each dress and will customize the length of the sleeves for you as well.
Sweetheart, scoop and v-necklines are your friends:
Necklines are a great tool to use to balance out your figure. In fact, the ability to change your dress neckline is one of my favorite features that eShakti offers. I’ve had good luck with their regular necklines as well as variations like an extra wide scoop neckline and various v-neck options. If you feel lost, look at your favorite dresses and see if they have any necklines in common that you love.
Check back often and jump on dresses you love:
eShakti is like Modcloth where they add new stuff almost everyday, which is great if you’re looking for that perfect dress. It also means that some great stuff sells incredibly quickly, which means if you truly love something you need to get it when you see it. Luckily eShakti also has frequent sales and discounts, so it’s easier to pick up an impulse purchase there than some other places.
Look for dresses with interesting waistline details to balance out your top half:
This tartan print is a great example – look at the corset-like waist tie on it. It’s small details like this that can create balance between your bottom and top halves, as well as make a pretty dress into a memorable one.
When in doubt, go with the longer length:
I’ve seen some complaints about eShakti’s dress lengths in other reviews, so my advice is to go with the longer of the two lengths you’re deciding between. After all, in the worst case scenario, shortening something is easier than making it longer.
Have you tried anything from eShakti? What was your experience like?