Friday, November 18, 2011

eShakti Dress Review - Professional Workwear

 Happy Friday everyone! 

I know I said I would be bowing out of blogging for the next week but I have some time today, so I thought I would share a review with you.

Being a professional working gal, I find it difficult to blend a pop of bright color with professional work wear.  My clothing must remain work appropriate especially when meeting with clients.  Everyone knows I adore Lilly Pulitzer, but I can't wear all my Lilly dresses and Stephen Bonanno sandals to work.  This is just the nature of my particular job.  Case in point.  This Lilly dress (from Jubilee 2009) and Lilly McKims would be inappropriate for my particular job.  If you can wear this to work, I'm so happy for your ability to do so (I'm actually quite jealous!)

Does this mean my professional clothing should lack color?  Absolutely not! 

So on my quest to find professional, yet colorful and interesting work wear, I discovered eShakti.

eShakti's tag line is "You Design, We Customize."  A customer is never told an item is out of stock in their size as one can either choose standard sizing OR customize, sometimes even changing the overall style of a piece of clothing.

How does this work?  Measure your hips, arms, bust, waist and enter in your measurements when ordering a piece of clothing.  Then customize your sleeves to be long, short, capped, sleeveless, 3/4 length.  You can also choose the length of your dress or skirt.  All orders, even custom, arrive on your doorstep in seven days.  Their prices are also very reasonable.

The dress I chose is seen below.  It is a shiny, lightweight wrap dress with pops of yellow at a cost of $59.95 (if I recall correctly).  It wraps and ties on one side with buttons on both the right and left hand interior sides to keep the wrap in place.  I was very pleased with this feature as wrap dresses sometimes either have a hole through the dress (which often gets torn) or there is no holding place, causing the dress to fall lose and constantly be re-tied.  The buttons were also quite strong and large for flexibility in sitting and standing. 
It is a great dress for professional wear, in my opinion, and something different from anything else I own in my closet (including my typical color palette).  I do enjoy wearing this dress.

I am very pleased with the shipping time, which was seven days as promised, and the dress fit perfectly according to my measurements.  It is comfortable for all day wear and very flattering in the fit.  I received several compliments from ladies in my office with one actually going on the site to order some custom dresses for herself.

I only have two complaints and one is the length of the dress.  It is longer than I expected where I would prefer it to be above the knee rather than at the knee.  I also received this same comment from the ladies at my office, that the dress was a tad too long.  I did enter the height into the form however, either I didn't measure correctly or the measurement I gave was interpreted to be this particular length.  When I order again, I will take a couple inches off of my height for this purpose. 

(As a side note, I had Husband measure me, I would not advise doing this yourself.  I also read the directions given by eShakti on how to measure).

The other complaint is the bust area, which I'm sure is related only to this particular dress.  The dress wraps across the bosom a little too low (without bearing too much, here is a close up). It appears eShakti recognized this and to compensate, they added a button and buttonhole to close the area.  The button fits awkwardly and is quite noticeable, not being very well hidden.  I found myself fooling with it much of the day so it didn't stand out.  This was one of the other comments from the ladies in my office, that the button was quite noticeable and they wondered why it looked this way.  Someone recommended removing the button all together and using fabric tape. 

All-in-all, I am please with eShakti's selection and service and will likely be ordering from there for professional work wear in the near future.

Happy Friday Y'all and once again, Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. I am loving the colors of this dress! It looks fantastic on you, too! How nice to find something work appropriate. XO

  2. Thanks for the tip. i will check them out.

  3. I did a review with them too and I agree ROUND DOWN on your measurements ( I ordered a 2nd dress from them and rounded down and it is perfection)

  4. Thank you for sharing! I am always looking for a professional yet fun wardrobe and this seems like a great option! Have a fabulous weekend :)

  5. I did a review for them & had the same problem(s)! I ordered a custom top, but was still big on me when it arrived (washing it in hot water made it fit though, luckily) but mine was a wrap top/cardigan & the buttons were ALWAYS exposed, therefore I couldn't leave it open :( I LOVE that dress though! I'm a new follower

  6. Cute dress. Though the button is why I don't wear wrap dresses. I always feel they are too revealing. Maybe if you just remove the button and wear a cami it might work better? Though in the photo I actually think it's really cute on you.

  7. Oooh, good find! Thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Great post! The dress looks so pretty on you :)