In a perfect world where everything I bought fit beautifully and every style was a dream on my figure, I would channel the breezy nonchalance of a J. Crew model and the edgy “I wear what I want” vibe of Kate Moss. Maybe I’d have a few minimalistic 60s mod pieces like shift dresses and miniskirts thrown into the mix too. My daily uniform would consist of effortlessly chic basics, layered together in the most casually cool way with an undercurrent of edge accenting each outfit. In the real world, I hate shopping, never feel effortlessly cool, and always channel Joan from Mad Men because that woman knows how to dress her body. The simple truth for a lot of curvy women is far too many clothes are not designed for our figures, and those that could be flattering often do not fit our measurements. As a result, when I heard about e-retailer EShakti, I was thrilled. For those not familiar with the brand, EShakti sells a variety of clothing all of which can be customized to fit your body for an additional $8 to $16 fee. Holly of the Full Figured Chest experienced wonderful results and wrote lovely reviews of their products which left me ready to dive in and test the process.
On my fashion “Wish List” among other impossible-to-find entries like slim fitted trousers that stop at the ankle and a silky shift dress has always been a basic, denim shirt dress. With NC’s mild weather, the dress would transition throughout the seasons—wedge sandals and bare legs in summer or layered with a turtleneck and boots for fall but always accompanied by a trusty belt. The downside of any item involving buttons on the front is with my 42″ bust and 29″ waist, it’s pretty hard to find one that actually fits off-the-rack. So when I saw this one, I knew what I wanted to buy.
Before I discuss the fit of the dress, I want to complement EShakti on their fast turnaround and shipping time. From order to receipt, the process was roughly three weeks, and the retailer emailed constantly with updates. Tracking my order was easy, and I felt confident dealing with their company. Sadly, the dress itself . . . well, let’s just say I could have omitted a text review entirely, and you’d still get the idea.