Sunday, May 3, 2015

Design-Your-Own Clothes: Shopping Just Got Easier!

When you shop, either in stores or online, are you frustrated by what you find--or, perhaps, don't find? Are the dresses too short or ill-fitting? Do you wish they had sleeves or a higher or lower neckline? Do you find a skirt you like, but hate its  pockets?

What if there was a site where you could choose the length of the sleeves or hem, or design other elements to create a garment that flatters you? Well, there is! The folks a eShakti are committed to providing affordable, custom-made fashion to make women who wear sizes 0-36 look their very best. Recently, the company invited me to customize a garment and share the experience with Flattering50 readers. And be sure to scroll down for eShakti's special offer for Flattering50 readers!

eShakti offers a large selection of dresses, skirts, slacks and tops. Skirts range from $50-$100. Dresses range from $60-$120, but many styles are well under $100. For my review, I chose a trendy wraparound, double-breasted skirt with a diagonally-cut opening.

When shopping for skirts, I have two problems. First, they never fit right.  To get a skirt that fits my hips, I have to choose a size that is usually two or three inches too big around the waist. Plus, as a petite woman, I look best when the hem falls just above my knees. I'm no fan of my aging knees, believe me, but a longer hem length makes me look squat. The result is, 9 out of 10 skirts I buy have to go to the tailor for alterations. If the tailor has to alter the waist and hem, it can cost me a pretty penny (especially if the garment is lined). 

When ordering at eShakti, a customer is asked to follow three simple steps: choose a size (standard or customized), give her height and,  if she likes, customize certain elements. Surprisingly, I was able to choose a standard size, using the eShakti size chart. Next, I gave my height. (Customers are asked to give their height to ensure a "truer" fit.) Lastly, you are asked if you'd like to customizing certain elements. I was able to request that the hem length fall above my knees and that I wanted the pockets removed (I don't need any extra bulk around my hips, thank you). Certain customizing requests, like specifying a hem length or a neckline, cost a flat fee of $7.50. Believe me--that's the merest fraction of what I spend at the tailor for alterations. Removing the pockets was a free customization.

I hope you can see from my photos (above and below) that my new skirt fits like it was made for me--which it was! It's well-made of a sturdy Rayon/Nylon Spandex material. The fabric's stretch makes it super comfortable for walking and sitting.  It's a garment that can worn all day and into the evening, and dressed up or down. There's no fussing with the front buttons because the skirt has a side zipper.

My new skirt arrived 13 days after I ordered. The website says the average delivery time is 18 days. This may seem like a long time, but remember: each garment is made to order. eShakti doesn't have warehouses filled with clothes; they don't stock any sizes. By shipping straight to you from the manufacturer, the garment's cost is kept affordable.

Needless to say, I was impressed with my eShakti shopping experience.  Before eShakti contacted me, I had been shopping for a new spring skirt. I didn't have anything in particular in mind--just something that looked stylish, fit reasonable well and was affordable. After visiting six or seven stores, spending probably 2-3 hours, I hadn't found a skirt. And even if I had, it probably would have needed altering, which takes at least a week and costs a lot more than $7.50.  Next time, I'll stop by eShakti first. If the site has a style I like, I know with customization, I'll have an affordable garment that looks and fits really well on me.

eShakti is offering Flattering50 readers 10% off on any purchase at the site now thru 06/04/2015. When checking out, just enter the code -- flattering50 -- in the promotional code box. The code can be used any number of times during 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, and overstock categories. Not applicable on previous purchases.