Tuesday, July 15

eShakti Dress Review [+ a discount code for YOU!]


Disclaimer:  I received a dress from eShakti in exchange for my honest review.  I was not monetarily compensated for this post.

Over the past year or so, I'd seen several fashion bloggers post about dresses from eShakti, but I wasn't really sure what made eShakti different from other online shops.  Recently, I was contacted by a media relations representative who explained that eShakti is currently the only online women's fashion company offering custom dresses in size 0-36W.  When they asked me to review one of their dresses, I was thrilled!

I am usually wary about ordering online from companies who don't have a brick and mortar presence I can visit to try things on and figure out how their sizing works - ordering a dress online can be such a gamble when one retailer's 12 is another's 16, and as a petite woman (I'm 5'2") I never know if dresses are going to be scandalously short or frumpy and long on me.  I could tell as soon as I started perusing eShakti that this experience was going to be different.  I browsed the adorable styles and settled on this contrast piped trim poplin dress because I liked the sixties-inspired details and the navy and coral color palette, and when I scrolled down to place my order, I saw that I could choose a standard dress size or enter my own measurements for a completely custom design.  I chose a standard size since the chart on the site seemed to match up with my measurements.  The site also had me enter my height, which this petite girl appreciated.  In addition to being able to customize the size of dresses, some eShakti designs give customers the option of changing the sleeve type, length, and/or neck line of each style - as a teacher, I LOVE these options because they mean I can make the eShakti dresses I love appropriate to wear at work!

When I placed my order, I received an e-mail invoice with an actual image of the dress, the order number and product ID, and the customization I had chosen - I really appreciated having all of that information so that I would know the dress I received was exactly what I ordered.  My dress was shipped through DHL, so I had to leave a note for the delivery man that it was okay to leave the box on the front porch.


Dress: eShakti (temporarily out of stock)  Necklace: J. Crew Factory  Shoes: TJ Maxx

I was happy to see when I took my dress out of the package that it looked exactly like the picture on the website, right down to the cute contrast stitching on the princess seams.  The fabric is a thick cotton poplin and this dress includes a partial side zipper.  Whereas the website listed inner bra strap keeps as one of the dress's features,  they do not seem to have been added to my dress, but that's not really a big deal.  I love the dress's fit-and-flare shape and decided I needed a 60's hairstyle to go with the mod look!




Unfortunately, when I tried on the dress, it turned out to be a bit too snug for comfort in the bust and the waist.  After reading a few other bloggers' eShakti reviews, I realize that I could have returned the dress for a larger size.  I really wish I had gone with the fully customized measurements rather than going with the size chart - there are two reviews on the page for the dress that state that it runs a size small.



The standout feature of this dress is definitely the button-tabbed banding at the waistline, and the band is removable for a slightly different look.  I can see myself wearing this dress to work as well as special occasions like date night with Mr. Q!

Can you see yourself in a ladylike eShakti dress?  They've created a coupon code especially for Beyond the Aisle readers!  Enter "brides" in the ‘promotional code’ box when you place your order to get 10% off.  This code is valid from 07/15/2014 – 08/15/2014.
Coupon Code Details:It is not case-sensitive.  Code can be used any number of times until the validity period. It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.Not applicable on previous purchases.
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18 comments:

  1. What a cute dress--love the button details on the side!

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  2. Cute vintage type dress, I think this is such a versatile piece being Navy. I too love the button detail at the waist. Pretty!
    from the link up, jess

    please stop by

    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting Jessica! I was instantly drawn to the navy color and I don't feel like I've seen a lot of pieces that combine navy and coral.

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  3. Beautiful dress! I agree, the details are what makes it.

    xo, Amy Ann
    http://www.thearnoldsblogalot.com/p/favorites.html

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    1. Thanks so much Amy Ann! I was really impressed by the high quality craftsmanship.

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  4. I love eShakti, this dress is so pretty! Hopping over from the blog hop and happy to be your newest follower!

    tatteredtotaylored.com

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    1. Thank you so much Taylor! These comments are making me feel more confident about wearing the dress :)

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  5. Love navy as its softer than black. Your dress shows off your lovely figure and the coloured piping stands out against the dark neutral background. You look fab!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Lorna!

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  7. I've been seeing them pop up every where! This dress is SOO flattering on you - love it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your super sweet comment, Madailne!

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  8. I think the dress looks great on you! I've been seeing so many bloggers post eshaki reviews lately, and while it's something I'd love to do, I'm thinking it may be best if I wait till next year when I'm no longer pregnant to finally check them out.

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    1. Thanks so much Shoshanah! I had a great experience with eShakti. A new dress might be a great treat for yourself after baby arrives!

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  9. Beautiful dress. I love the color and the fit. It suits you Heather. =)

    I am doing an eShakti Dress Review on my blog today, so check it out. Thanks so much for checking out my blog too, for linking up and following on GFC. I am now following you back.

    Have a Great Wednesday!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment Ada! I can't wait to see your eShakti review.

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  10. I did not know you had a blog. Imagine my surprise to see your pic show up in my Pinterest (since I follow eShakti). Worlds colliding. Added you to my RSS feed. ~Bree

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