Unless she happens to be the fit model for a fashion designer, every woman, no matter what her size, has had that frustrating shopping experience where absolutely nothing fits the way it should. Dresses that are too loose in all the wrong places, tops that are too tight exactly where they should be a bit roomier—sometimes you have to wonder whether designers are aware that not everyone is shaped like a dress form.
Often this is where the tailor steps in, to shorten or lengthen hems and take waistlines in or out. In my case, this is at least where I intend for the tailor to step in, but unless it’s a special-occasion piece like a bridesmaid dress, I rarely actually get around to going through the process, leaving me with a cache of ill-fitting clothing.
eShakti has a better idea: Get the fit right the first time around. The e-retailer (whose motto is “We design. You customize”) stocks an ever-changing array of dresses, tops, and skirts that can be customized to perfection. Most styles come in sizes 0 to 26W, and offer built-in choices of key details like hem length, neckline, and sleeve style. And for a tiny fee, they even offer fully custom sizing, based on your individual measurements.
The best part? Nearly everything on the site (like these perfect-for-spring pieces) is under $100.
Top to bottom: Box Set skirt, $45. Budding Blooms dress, $60. Field of Poppies blouse, $50.