After selecting the item I wanted to review, I entered my measurements into a form on the website, including waist, hips, and height. The skirt has a high waist with a side zip, and a removable fabric belt, and to my delight, it fit perfectly. You can read about their customer service and custom sizing and styling here.
Now y'all know how I love black and red together, and this full circle skirt with its 50's shape and lip-print overlay makes a fun addition to my wardrobe. Worn with a sleeveless top or an embellished jacket, sheer stockings and heels, it would make a great "fancy party" outfit, but I chose to make it casual, with a cardigan sweater, plaid tights, and clunky boots. I decided to wear my "Madge" glasses in keeping with the retro feel of the skirt.
The underskirt is a cotton/poly blend, and in the description of the skirt on the website, the sheer overlay was said to be made of tulle. In my experience, tulle has more stiffness to it than the sheer nylon fabric the overlay is actually made of. The care instructions state that the skirt can be washed by machine, but I would be concerned about whether the nylon overlay would survive.
I added my trusty red crinoline underneath to add the required floofiness.
All that fabric and those ruby red lips inspired me to blow a few kisses...
The skirt has lovely deep pockets, which is always a plus for any item of clothing! My red carved bakelite bangle matches the red of my belt and the lip-print perfectly.
lip-print skirt - courtesy of eShakti
vintage cashmere sweater - Mesh Consignment boutique
belt - thrifted
plaid tights and boots - retail
arm party - my favourite silver bracelets and bakelite bangle from Phantastica
Overall, my experience with eShakti was a positive one. The ordering and size customization was very straightforward and the shipping efficient. Other than some disappointment about the fabric of the embroidered overlay, I was very happy with the look and the fit of my skirt, and I received dozens of compliments over the course of the day, and when I wore it to the Wearable Technology and Made Clothing Show at Museum London that night. If you have difficulty finding dresses that fit all of your body, instead of just your bust, waist, or hips, eShakti could be the solution. Enter the code 'fcfes' in the "promotional code box"to get 10% off your purchase until April 18th.